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    by Susan McGrath

Thanks A Lot!
Date Posted: November 20, 2004

I know I don't thank people nearly enough. I'm not timely with thank-you notes the way my mother taught me. In fact, if the phrase "thanks a lot" comes out of my mouth, it is likely to be sarcastic.

The thankful season is upon us. (Should it ever be out of season?) To be immediately followed by the "season of giving" which usually resembles more the "season of greed". We are encouraged to pause and thank God and others for the blessings in our lives.

Despite my sarcasm and tendency to see the negative side of things, I am thankful and express that to God daily. But living it is a harder thing to do.

So during this "thankful season" I remind myself to thank others, to live like I believe God's promises and not Chicken Little (The sky is falling!), and to acknowledge the thanks and blessings of other people.

There are too many scriptures for me to begin listing the "thanks" of those whose examples we should follow. Take a few minutes as you digest that food you are so thankful for and look up a few favorites. Share them with your children, or with family members who don't know the Lord.

Even if they don't thank you, you'll be blessed!

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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