Thanksgiving vs Stress

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

-Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

At this time of year, things get stressful. We get caught up in papers and tests and projects. We start worrying about finals and all we want is for Thanksgiving break to get here so we can rest for a bit and binge eat turkey and mashed potatoes. Which is great. Except we get so wrapped up in thinking of Thanksgiving as a break from stress that we forget that there is a purpose behind the holiday.

Thanksgiving is for being thankful. It’s about being thankful for what God has given us. All the blessings, both big and small. The last test you did really well on and the unexpectedly warm day after a week of cold and rain. The class that got cancelled and the pretty flower we saw on our way to lunch. It’s about remembering that through all our stress, God is still there and blessing us every day.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and as a way to relieve stress, I encourage you to make a list of at least five things for which you’re thankful. They can be as silly or as serious as you want them to be. For me at this moment, it would warm blankets, good books, bacon cheeseburgers, music, and homemade cookies.

See, now doesn’t it feel good to focus on what’s good?

Have a blessed week and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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