We are thrilled to share with you our 30 favorite quotes on thankfulness! Whether it’s Thanksgiving Day and you’re looking for quotes to share with friends on social media—or you’re simply looking for encouragement in your walk with Christ, we hope that these quotes inspire and motivate you in your thankfulness!
Thanksgiving is not just a holiday, it’s an attitude we can practice every day. Here is the opening quote from the Thanksgiving Proclamation signed by George Washington, President of the United States of America, October 3, 1789:
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
We have freedom in this country to express our thankfulness publically and to celebrate with others on a special day.
Here are 30 Christian quotes to ponder on thankfulness and gratitude:
1. “God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.” –Elizabeth Elliot
2. “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” –Charles Spurgeon
3. “God says to give thanks in everything. That doesn’t mean you need to give thanks FOR everything. You don’t need to give thanks FOR that bad day. Or FOR that bad relationship. Or being passed over at work. Financial hardship. Whatever it is – you are not to give thanks FOR the difficulties, but rather IN the difficulties. That is a very important distinction, and one I think we often miss. Giving thanks IN everything shows a heart of faith that God is bigger than the difficulties and that He can use them, if you approach Him with the right heart and spirit, for your good and His glory.” –Tony Evans
. “We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.” –J.I. Packer
. “No matter what our circumstances, we can find a reason to be thankful.” –Dr. David Jeremiah
6. “There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a thankful reflection, on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them. The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.” –Hannah More
7. “If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace.” –Max Lucado
8. “It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
9. “God is in control, and therefore in EVERYTHING I can give thanks – not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it.” –Kay Arthur
10. “A sensible thanksgiving for mercies received is a mighty prayer in the Spirit of God. It prevails with Him unspeakably.” –John Bunyan
11. “In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD. In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. In painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD.” –Rick Warren
12. “A thankful heart is one of the primary identifying characteristics of a believer. It stands in stark contrast to pride, selfishness, and worry. And it helps fortify the believer’s trust in the Lord and reliance of His provision, even in the toughest times. No matter how choppy the seas become, a believer’s heart is buoyed by constant praise and gratefulness to the Lord.” –John MacArthur
. “We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.” –C.S. Lewis
14. “Be thankful. God has commanded it—for our good and for His glory. God’s command to be thankful is not the threatening demand of a tyrant. Rather, it is the invitation of a lifetime—the opportunity to draw near to Him at any moment of the day.” –Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
15. “Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” –A.W. Tozer
16. “Genuine thankfulness is an act of the heart’s affections, not an act of the lips’ muscles.” –John Piper
17. “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.” –Corrie ten Boom
18. “Let us thank God heartily as often as we pray that we have His Spirit in us to teach us to pray. Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts.” -Andrew Murray
19. “It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” –Tim Keller
20. “When we choose thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, we are demonstrating an unwavering trust in God.” –Priscilla Shirer
21. “A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.” –Billy Graham
22. “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” –G.K. Chesterton
. “’Gratitude’ comes from the same word as freedom (gratis = free). Gratitude is the freeing expression of a free heart toward one who freely gave.” –Ravi Zacharias
24. “Gratitude produces deep, abiding joy because we know that God is working in us, even through difficulties.” –Charles Stanley
25. “Edwards calls the deeper, primary form of thankfulness ‘gracious gratitude.’ It gives thanks not for goods received, but for who God is: for His character — His goodness, love, power, excellencies — regardless of favors received. And it’s real evidence of the Holy Spirit working in a person’s life.” –Chuck Colson
26. “Yes, give thanks for ‘all things’ for, as it has been well said ‘Our disappointments are but His appointments.’” –A.W. Pink
27. “Gratitude is a decision of the will, and if a decision of the will, the choice resides squarely with us. Deciding to be thankful is no easy task. It takes work.” –Chuck Swindoll
28. “To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.” –Thomas Merton
29. “I’m just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that’s the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.” –Tim Tebow
30. “If there was ever a secret for unleashing God’s powerful peace in a situation, it’s developing a heart of true thanksgiving.” –Lysa Terkeurst
5 Scriptures of thanksgiving:
- “The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud,” 2 Chronicles 5:13
- “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Ephesians 5:19-20
- “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” –Psalm 9:1
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
- “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” –Psalm 100:4
We can give thanks in anything because Jesus Christ is Lord and He has overcome the world! John 16:33
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These prayers of thanks are based on Romans 8, Galatians 5:1, and Philippians 1:6.
Lord I come before You, desiring to provide thanks.
Father, I have so much to be thankful for, things unseen and seen,
that You have done in my life.
Lord, mostly I am thankful for the relationship that I have with You.
Lord, You initiated this relationship, by what Your Son endeavored to accomplish,
paying the price for my sin, redeeming and reconciling me.
Dear Heavenly Father, You know the times I have been ungrateful, held ill thoughts toward You and my fellow humans. You know the times I complain and grumble about life and its circumstances, about suffering, going through what seem endless trials and tribulations. Even yielding my members to unholy deeds.
Yet God You are and always will be there with me, even when it seems like I am forever in the wilderness, running further and further from You, You, my God are there guiding me back to Your loving arms.
I am thankful Lord for everything that You allow to cross my path. Thankful for the decisions that You allow me to make and the lessons that come from these decisions.
I’m thankful, Lord, that I do not have to live under condemnation anymore, that You have truly set me free, that I am a new creation that I need not live under the law anymore. Thankful Lord that You have given me joy unspeakable. Thankful Lord that You are longsuffering, allowing me to mature in You!
Lord, words do not express my thankfulness. For Your mighty power is at work in me, transforming me, renewing my mind. To You Lord belong thanks eternal.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
These prayers of thanks are based on 1 Corinthians 2, Matthew 5 – 6, Hebrews 12:
Lord, there are marvelous things that I do not know, nor can I comprehend.
Lord, things that happen in my life, and things that happen in my friends lives.
Lord, I desire to be thankful, to appreciate everything that comes across my path.
Lord, so often life hurts, I get angry — upset, I do not understand, yet Lord You ask me to be thankful for everything, and have faith – thank You.
Lord, help me to be thankful, when the rains come on the just and the unjust, that You care so much about me, that Your to chasten, to build character and godliness in me, to be a mirrored reflection of Your Son to reach others.
Lord, I thank You for mercy, for the hunger for righteousness, for forgiveness, for purity, for providing for my needs.
Lord, I thank You for prayer, That I can come before You and call You Father.
That I can cast my burdens on You.
Lord, I thank You for my heart, the treasure and light You placed in there — the Holy Spirit.
Lord, help me to endeavor, to be thankful for everything.
Lord, it seems most of the time, what happens is about me.
Lord, I thank you that You gently remind me that the things are not about me, however, my life and what happens is more about You, Your will, and Your Kingdom.
Lord, I thank You, I praise You. Lord, in You do I find strength and courage to go on.
Lord, I thank You for the author and finisher of my faith – Jesus Christ and that in You is hope everlasting.
Lord, I thank You for the blood of Jesus, Your precious lamb.
Thank You Lord God!
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He
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. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your
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Jesus is Lord
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What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions
To a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. – Proverbs 27:7
God You are so good!… even when we can’t see the good in our situations.
There is always something to be thankful for… just because of who God is! Let’s learn to be appreciative of even the small blessings. Even when you don’t have everything you want. Even when we’re suffering.
Sometimes we pray for things, but we never take a moment to thank God for answered prayers.
We’re just issuing out request after request, but not acknowledging just how thankful and blessed we already are.
There are many stories in the Bible of thankfulness. The Bible also has several verses which teach that thankfulness should be part of our everyday life as a Christian.
We need to recognize that God has given us everything good we have in life and be thankful to Him for it.
Here are 5 important Bible lessons about thankfulness…
1. The Song of the Sea – Exodus 15:1-19
After Moses and the Israelites fled Egypt, they were pursued by the Egyptian army. They were chased to the Red Sea with no way of escape because of the enemy behind them and the sea in front of them.
God miraculously parted the sea and made a way for the Children of Israel to pass through on dry ground.
The army of Egypt followed them into the sea. When the Israelites passed safely over to the other side, God released the waters which He held back for the Israelites and drowned Pharaoh’s army.
Exodus 15 is a chapter dedicated to praising God for this miraculous deliverance from the enemy. Moses, and Israel, were careful to give God thanks for His protection.
2. Thankfulness By Daniel – Daniel 2:23
King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and was troubled by what it might mean. He asked the wise men of the land to interpret his dream.
Instead of telling them the dream, he requested that the men not only interpret the dream, but also figure out on their own what the dream was about.
The servants of the king were not able to perceive the contents of the dream nor interpret what it might mean. In anger the king ordered them killed.
Daniel heard the news that he and the other wise men were to be slain even though he had not even known of the king’s desire for interpretation. Daniel requested that King Nebuchadnezzar give them a little time.
He, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego prayed and asked God to reveal to them the dream and the interpretation of it. Before Daniel returned to the king with the answer he thanked God for revealing to them the dream.
3. A Thankful Leper – Luke 17:11-19
Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem when He passed through a village where ten lepers were. Because they were unclean from their disease, they stood away from the crowd but still yelled to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them. They apparently knew who He was and that He had the power to heal them.
Jesus told them that they should go to the priest, the one who could declare them healed from their disease. When they arrived at the priest they were made clean of their leprosy.
Of the ten, only one returned to thank Jesus. He came to Jesus’ feet and bowed down to Him to show his gratitude.
Jesus asked if there were indeed ten who were healed and why only one returned to thank Him. Even though many people are touched by Jesus, few give Him the praise and glory He deserves.
4. God’s Will: Thankfulness
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Paul tells the Thessalonian believers that God’s will for them is to be thankful. We want our children to show gratitude to us and to others. God wants the same thing from us.
5. Mature Christians are Thankful
Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
Nestled in the middle of a comparison of our life before salvation and what our life after salvation should be like is this command to be thankful.
Thankfulness is a sign of a changed life. It is a mark of a mature Christian.
Even in simple things we should be thankful. Don’t reserve your praise to God for only the big things in life. Recognize that God is the giver of all good gifts in our life, great or small (James 1:17).
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