Happy Thanksgiving! I pray this email finds you in a place of gratitude and thankfulness.
Since Friday, September 29th of this year, I have written daily at the bottom of my morning journal what I was grateful for. Honestly, I did not start this process because I was grateful, I started this process because I aspire to live with more gratitude. I desire to live with a more thankful spirit - no matter the circumstance.
Just 56 short days later as I write this, God has done and continues to do a great work in my heart. I have so much to be thankful for, so much to be grateful for. God is SO GOOD!
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
The True Story of Thanksgiving
A good read from Desiring God, bringing us back to the true meaning and story of Thanksgiving. The story of redemption, and where our true thankfulness belongs.
“God created humanity for gratitude. You exist to appreciate God.” - John Piper
The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving
As God continues to do a work in my heart, it's my prayer He is working in your life as well. What is my struggle might not be yours - but I believe we call all continue to improve our gratitude. Steve Graves wrote a very practical list of seven destroyers of thanksgiving. Check out this list and evaluate yourself. Any of them resonate with you?
We are not a Black Friday family. What I mean by that is, it would be rare that as a family we get engaged in the chaos of Black Friday shopping, and deal hunting. Robin is a very planned out and methodical shopper. Her Christmas shopping starts late Summer, and for the most part, is completed before Black Friday. However, I know Black Friday can be a great time to buy those electronics and other specialty items and save a chunk of cash. Here are a few sites, and items that caught my eye.
1) Google Home Mini - slickDeals
2) 55' Sharp 4k Smart TV - slickDeals
If you missed the Walmart earnings call the other day, then you missed the announcement and surprise of 50% online sales growth by Walmart in the quarter! Walmart is killing it online and will push HUGE this Black Friday Online. If you are looking for deals, I highly encourage you to visit Walmart.com and read this article.
Amazon always goes big on Black Friday, and this year will be no different. If you are an Echo user, you will more than likely have early access to great deals. Check them out here.
Shopping would be lacking without a purchase of really good coffee. The best deal I have seen come across my screen is from Brandywine Roasters. Simply put, 10% Off All Orders, Free Shipping, and Free Geisha! Details