What We Can Learn from Joseph about Thanksgiving

Learn from Joseph Give Thanks

We’re entering the week of Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving is not just a holiday. It’s an attitude. A lifestyle.

In fact, Paul tells us in Thess 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Similarly, Ephesians 5:20 says we should be, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

So we know that gratitude and giving thanks to the Lord is important, and we know that means to give thanks in, and even for everything.

But the big question is, how?

How do we give thanks in all things?

I see praises all the time in my facebook feed–

I got that job I wanted, God is good.
My car got fixed, God is good.

Things are going my way, so God is good. It’s easy to give thanks to God when things are going well, when everything is rainbows and roses, and life is giving us warm fuzzies.

But what about those times when life just seems to kick us when we’re down? Those times when we lose loved ones, get a devastating diagnosis from the doctor, or lose jobs, or lose homes? The times that make us cry the ugly cry and scream and rail at the heavens. The times that make us want to just give it all up.

It’s easy to thank Him for the good times, but how do we thank God for the bad ones? 

The Lord recently spoke to me through the story of  Joseph (from the OT). If anyone dealt with really bad circumstances, it was him. He was sold into slavery. He was thrown in prison when he did the right thing. He could easily have become very bitter.

But he didn’t. And when he meets his brothers, he offers them forgiveness and tells them something that I think we can learn from.

God’s Sovereignty

Here is what Joseph said to his brothers:

And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.  For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. 

Perspective is so important in our Christian lives. In this short passage, Joseph points out that it was God who sent him there, and that God had a purpose.

I love this story because the Lord gives us a little peek into how things work. In our lives, we don’t always get to see behind the scenes. There are times when we may never see the good that comes from a tragedy. But we can trust that it’s there because God’s word makes that promise in Romans 8:28.

But in this story, we get a front row seat. We see the evil actions, and the dire circumstances. We see how so many things went badly for Joseph. But we also see how the Lord was with him through it all. We see God moving here and there, and how everything worked according to His plan, even when it may have seemed things were spiraling out of control. God had a handle on it the whole time.

Joseph understood that the God is sovereign. Nothing could touch Joseph that the Lord did not allow. His brothers and their evil plan weren’t in charge of his life. Bad circumstances weren’t in charge of his life.

Joseph did not give other people or his circumstances that kind of power over him. He recognized that God, alone, was in charge of his life.

You and I can learn from that today. We can give thanks in and for all things, when we trust in the sovereignty of God. Because we know and trust that He is orchestrating our lives for His glory and our good.


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Important Information about SAD {Seasonal Affective Disorder}

This post is sponsored by the Yellowbrick Treatment Center. Mental illness is a very important topic to me, and I am honored to partner with them in increasing knowledge and awareness.

Millions of people suffer SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), yet there is a lot of misinformation out there about it, which can make it difficult to diagnose. Therefore, Dr. Jesse Viner of the Yellowbrick Treatment Center has put together this informative guide and graphic that covers what Seasonal Affective Disorder is, and what it is not.

PS–if you don’t have SAD, but are suffering from “Winter Blues,” my friend Beth has some great tips for you!



Thriving Thursday 11/20

Don’t miss my great list of nearly 40 free books for kindle that you can get right now…all from the best publishers and authors in Christian fiction, so definitely check that out.

First of all, my dear friend Beth came for a visit this week, and shared how she stays stress-free while preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. And, she shared her awesome Thanksgiving Planner & Cookbook–go download your copy for free.

I also shared a bunch of $.99 books, free books, and other freebies that you won’t want to miss.

Amazing Deals you Don’t Want to Miss!

I shared here some amazing deals from Dayspring that you do not want to miss! If you’re seeing this on Wednesday night, be sure to check out the amazing $5 deals they have going on right now! And use code THANKYOU15.

You can see my full list of other early Black Friday specials from them here.

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What have you been up to this week?

There were so many FANTASTIC posts linked up last week and I can’t wait to see what you ladies have to share this week :)

Thriving Thursdays Link Up!!!

Thriving Thursdays is a link up for family-friendly bloggers, who are choosing to THRIVE in their lives. It’s a place for us to encourage and inspire one another to live life to the fullest–in Jesus Christ. Link up your posts about thriving–in marriage, faith, parenting, homemaking, relationships, in the kitchen, in frugality.

Everything we do can be a ministry and worship to our Lord. Link up as many posts as you want, and I hope that you’ll take the time to visit some other participants as well.

I am so blessed by the posts you all share! I really look forward to seeing all of the encouragement shared here each week. Keep it coming! Sometimes I highlight posts here, and I also pin my favorites to the Thriving Thursdays Pinterest Board.


Black Friday Comes Early to Dayspring!

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This is not a deals blog, but this girl sure does love a good bargain! And, I love Dayspring. So when those two things are combined–Dayspring bargains…I get super excited!

Dayspring has started the deals early by marking down some of their most popular items–some with 75% (and greater) discounts! Some of my favorites:


Use code THANKYOU15 to get an additional 15% off your entire order!

$5 Deals!!

These items are originally $16.99-$29.99, but TODAY ONLY 11/19, you can get any of them for just $5 each!!! Click on any image to get that item :)

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Countdown to Christmas chalkboard, $9.99 (was $19.99)

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Other Deals

Dayspring abide in Him

Abide in Him Wall art. $15.99 (regularly $39.99)

I’ve been wanting this because my husband loves the passage beginning in John 15:5. And, it’s just a good reminder!

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Lord, Bless this Home wall art, $17.99 (Regularly $44.99)

Dayspring cookie jar

Redeemed & Blessed cookie jar $14.99 (regularly $59.99)

Dayspring felt advent

Peanuts felt Advent Calendar $11.99 (regularly $39.99).

The Charlie Brown Christmas story is a MUST for us, so I’m excited to have this felt advent calendar to go along with it.


Dayspring Lord is My Light Lantern

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation lantern, $14.99 (regularly $29.99)

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Give Thanks Wooden Caddy, $9.99 (Regularly $22.99)

Happy Shopping!

And, don’t forget, if you purchase $50 by 11/19, you can get a FREE advent calendar with your order, with code prepare50.

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How to have a No-Stress Thanksgiving {A FREE Thanksgiving Planner & Cookbook}

I am delighted to introduce you to my dear friend Beth from Eat Better, Spend Less. She is such a beautiful person, inside and out and I’m especially excited because she has come bearing gifts today! Be sure you visit her site and check out her eBooks as well (one of them is FREE).


Oh how I wish Autumn was the longest season of all. It’s by far my favorite. Warm blankets, sweet scented candles, and cozy soups and stews for dinner. It rejuvenates and relaxes my soul all at the same time.

A Lovely Thanksgiving: Free E-Book

As if I needed another reason to love fall, it also brings with it my favorite holiday; Thanksgiving. Yes. Thanksgiving. I feel almost guilty saying that because I feel like Christmas should be my favorite. I do love Christmas, oh-so much. But Christmas comes with a lot of hustle and bustle, horrible traffic, and let’s admit it, some stress! I love the Christmas season; the music, the lights, the desserts I shouldn’t be eating, and the wonderful church and community events that bring us together in the celebration of the birth of our savior.

But Thanksgiving. I love its simplicity. You cook. People eat. We have a quiet day at home. And we begin to ponder that which we are thankful for. We reminisce about days gone by, and we review the year we’re about to bring to a close. It’s a wonderful time to reflect, and to prepare our hearts for Christmas.

And that’s why I decided a few years ago that I was going to change the way we do Thanksgiving. It occurred to me after looking at pictures of my husband and kids playing outside, romping around in the woods, taking pictures with our Sheltie, that I had missed the whole thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love making Thanksgiving dinner. I break out the Christmas music and make an event of it. But I didn’t like missing the adventures, the free time, and the memories that were being made while I was chopping onions.

It was out of this frustration that my new Thanksgiving Meal Planner was created. Now, instead of making everything fresh on Thanksgiving day, I begin cooking on the Monday of that week. I cook a few things each day, according to the plan, leaving me very little to do once the big day arrives. I love how it has freed me up to do something else, like watch a Christmas movie, or play a game with the kids.

If you’ve been reading Crystal’s blog very long, you know how much she loves to bless her readers. And because I think she’s so awesome, I want to bless her readers too (that’s you!) So I’m offering you each a copy of my Thanksgiving Planner and Cookbook. No strings.  Just a gift, to set the mood for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. From my heart to yours.

Click here to get your free Thanksgiving Planner and Cookbook, or click the image below.

 A Lovely Thanksgiving: Free e-Book Start cooking on Monday so you can thoroughly enjoy Thursday!
The first page will be the menu. Feel free to make whatever changes you want to make. See a dish you don’t want to make? That’s OK, just pencil in what you’d rather make and decide when is the best time to make it. Can you freeze it? Then do it toward the beginning of the week. Even if you don’t use the menu exactly, I hope the plan will help you have a simpler, easier holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you!

Beth-profile-Humbled Homemaker

Beth Cranford is a homemaking, homeschooling, blogging wife and mom. She’s been married to her best friend for 23 years, and together they enjoy raising their two children and working on this crazy blogging thing.

Beth is a child of God and knows that it’s only by His abundant and personal grace that she can be what she’s called to be. She’s the author of several e-books, including “Emergency Meals”, “Is Homeschooling Really For Us?”and “16 Strategies To Eat Better and Spend Less” (That one’s free, so go on over and get your copy).

 In this season of life, she’s on a mission to help moms experience smoother dinner times, provide healthy and delicious meals for their families, and stick to a food budget! Come on over for some  recipes, meal plans, freezer- cooking tips, and more at EatBetterSpendLess.com.


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