Door Post Verses: Thankfulness

by Katy Kauffman

Even when fallen leaves are scattered by ferocious winds, an ember of warmth can reside in the soul. It’s called thankfulness.

Whatever storms come and go in our lives, we can always be grateful for what doesn’t change—the character of God, His sovereign power, and His unfailing love. His perfect wisdom, His turning-things-into-good miracles, and His abiding presence with us.

A small ember of thankfulness can grow into a raging fire in our hearts, a fire that empowers us to keep moving forward in life no matter what we encounter. Because we have seen God work on our behalf in the past, we can trust Him with the future. Because we know His love and provision firsthand, we can rest in His plan and purposes. He is good, and He does good. For that we can be thankful every day.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 100:4 NKJV

During this Thanksgiving week, what are you thankful for? I’ve thought of some things. I’d like to share them with you, and then tell me in the comments below what you’re thankful for!

I’m thankful for …

·         The smiles and hugs of friends

·         Listening to God speak through His Word

·         Having a family who is also a team

·         Gluten-free snacks that taste good

·         Having creative outlets like jewelry-making and scrapbooking

·         Sunny days and cool, crisp mornings

·         Owning multiple copies of God’s Word

·         Pastors who speak the truth in love

·         The whispered promises of God

·         The call to write for God and share what He has taught me

·         Networking with other writers to be a force for good in this world

·         The peace of God

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 NKJV


Peace and thankfulness are undeniably linked. We can be thankful to have God’s peace, and His peace abides in us when we are thankful. This Thanksgiving, I pray you rest in the peace of God and flourish in an abiding thankfulness that remembers who God is and what He can do. Happy Thanksgiving!


Don’t forget to tell me what you’re thankful for! (Here’s a link for subscribers to use: leave a comment.)

Check out our other posts in this series:

  1. Introduction              
  2. Strength                                
  3. Forgiveness      by Lauren Craft
  4. Patience             by Laura W. Watts  
  5. Love                           
  6. Grace                         
  7. Perseverance  by Leigh Powers
  8. Peace                 by Adria Wilkins                   


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Comments (13)

  • anon

    Happy Thanksgiving, Katy! I'm thankful for you! And I'm thankful for my job in ministry that allows me to write Bible studies and teach God's Word (all over the world). Hope you and your family have a sweet time together this Thanksgiving!

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Crickett! I'm glad we met, and I also love having a job/ministry of writing. Teaching God's Word is a privilege and brings so much joy. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, too!

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    I'm thankful for:
    My family
    The USA
    Furry friends
    My health
    Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving! 

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    That is a good list, Beckie! Thank you for sharing it, and I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving too. (I'm grateful for decaf chocolate!)

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    What a beautifully written piece about gratitude and God! I'm thankful for February 15th, 1970 when the Holy Spirit showed me I knew about Jesus, but did not know Him personally. I gave my life to Him that night. I'm also grateful for His gift of a soul mate, my husband of 44 years who has a servant heart. 

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    Amen, Jeannie! That is a precious day when you became a believer. Mine was the night before Easter in 1989. I'm thankful God brought you your soul mate that long ago and He has blessed your marriage. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing!

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    Although there are many things I'm thankful for, one of my biggies is you and other writers like you who bless me with their words and friendship. Father, thank You for Katy. Continue to bless others through her. In Jesus' name, amen.

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Bruce. That means so much to me! Knowing you and seeing your testimony of faith is inspiring, and I'm grateful to know our writer friends. Writing is hard, but fellow workers for the kingdom of God make the journey even more joyful. (And fun.) Thank you for taking the time to read this post and leave a comment. I hope you and your family have a special Thanksgiving!

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    This year I'm thankful for living close to family so we can celebrate together. Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    That's really nice, Heather. I hope you had a good holiday with them! It's nice to be close to family.

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    I'm thankful for a God who walks alongside those of us who grieve. The heartache is so evident at times, but the sweet peace that flows from my personal and eternal God is ever present. He is faithful.

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    That is a huge blessing to be grateful for. I pray God wraps His arms around you and you know His peace and comfort like never before. Especially through this Christmas season. Thank you for sharing, Deborah. Love you.

    Nov 22, 2016
  • anon

    I'm thankful for God's chronic presence in my life.

    Nov 22, 2016

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