Myth: Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

Truth: Thanksgiving should be celebrated every day of the year. "And he (Jesus) took the bread, broke it, and gave thanks . . . do this in remembrance of me" (Matthew 26:26).

So when you sit across the table from your out of town relatives this Thanksgiving, eating the obligatory green vegetable before you consume a plate full of dessert, will you join me in lifting our voices in thanksgiving to God? Because when we focus on God and not ourselves, Thanksgiving is anything but boring.

“Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:3-7)

Matt Redman - 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (Official Music Video) from matt-redman on GodTube.

Lori Hatcher is an author, blogger, and women’s ministry speaker. She shares an empty nest in Columbia, South Carolina, with her ministry and marriage partner, David, and her freckle-faced, four-footed boy, Winston. A homeschool mom for 17 years, she’s the author of the devotional book, Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms (available from Amazon.com). You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time.

Publication date: November 27, 2013