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Revelations: Remembering to be thankful

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 22, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.

16 X 9 REVELATIONS

There is something about feeling thankful.

Not just saying the words or going through the motions of uttering material things you're thankful for.

No. I'm talking about a feeling - a distinct, unwavering feeling of thankfulness.

It can be fleeting, but when thankfulness takes over your mind and heart, it cannot be missed.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I've been reflecting more than usual on thankfulness and the Christian origins of the United States' second favorite holiday.

There is something about this foodie holiday that generates a desire to acknowledge that we appreciate what we have - whether it's food, family, a job or simply another day to wake up and breathe in the sweet smells of autumn.

In years past, I can't remember this feeling coming upon me so strong.

I have certainly felt thankful during the holidays before, but this year, it's different.

This year, it isn't fleeting.

Each day, I wake up and verbally acknowledge - out loud to God - what I am thankful for.

I pray for the Lord to protect me and guide me and continue growing my skills and talents so that I may use them for the betterment of the world, but I also take several moments to say thank you.

I say thank you for what I already have, not for the things and people I hope he'll bring into my life one day.

It's as if my subconscious doesn't want to start the day without telling God thank you for what he brought into my life the previous day.Sometimes, like this morning, I wasn't even completely awake, but my first thoughts went to God, and I knew I needed to speak prayers of thanksgiving.

I confess to you now, that I'm not the world's best thanks-giver. In fact, I kind of suck at it.

Sometimes, I just can't get myself to say the words - even when I know a "thank you" is deserved and needed.

But maybe that's why God has been allowing me to feel that feeling of thankfulness so strongly.

Because when there's an abundance, there are thank-yous to spare.

I also know - and I hope you read this believing me when I say it - that what you speak out loud is powerful.

And what you think and pray inwardly has results.

If you speak negative, ungrateful words, your mind will be so.

If you speak thankfulness and words that lift others up, your actions will be so.

And with Thanksgiving around the corner, I pray you all will speak words of Thanksgiving - out loud - and allow your mind over a period of days to be reprogrammed into a state of thankfulness.

Words are thoughts; thoughts are actions.

And when actions become habits, you will no longer be going through the motions.

You will be simply that - thankful.

Jennifer Preyss is a reporter for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach her at 361-580-6535 or jlpreyss@vicad.com or @jenniferpreyss on Twitter.

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