11 Things To Be Thankful For

11 Things To Be Thankful For

Things that aren’t as apparent in our lives, but things that life would undoubtedly be different without.
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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon our many blessings, all the wonderful things and people we have in our lives, and express our gratitude for those things and people. As we do, our minds tend to go first to the more obvious blessings—the family we’re surrounded by, the meal on the table and the roof over our heads. But there are also smaller, subtler things we may forget about—things that aren’t as apparent in our lives, but things that life would undoubtedly be different without. Here are 11 things to add to your list of thanks this holiday season:


1. Your college education

No matter how stressful your classes may get, at the end of the day, know that you’re fortunate enough to be studying what you love at an institute of higher learning, setting the course of your future and working toward a degree that will open many doors.


2. Your dining hall staff

The food served in your dining hall may not come close to the hearty casseroles your relatives cook for the holiday celebrations, but what matters is that the staff provide meals every day for thousands of students, ensuring that no one goes hungry. They don’t get enough credit.


3. Your favorite movies, songs and books

They add color to your life and, in some small way, they’ve become part of who you are.


4. Clean drinking water

So simple, yet so easy to take for granted.


5. Employees who always greet you warmly and tell you to have a nice day

Even during the holiday shopping season, which can be the most exhausting and draining time of the year, these people still keep in mind the power of kindness.


6. Hugs

It’s pretty amazing how we can instantly lift one another’s spirits by wrapping them in warm, comforting arms.


7. Caffeine

How else would we stay awake and alert during seemingly endless lectures and pull all-night study sessions during finals?


8. The tough times in your past

They’ve made you stronger, wiser and more resilient, and taught you valuable lessons.


9. Your pets

They think the world of you no matter what, and they’re always there for you, brightening up your day with their adorableness.


10. The beauty of nature

Pretty amazing world we live in. There is always beauty all around us.


11. And last but certainly not least - People who work tirelessly to protect and save the lives of others, and sacrifice time with their families during the holidays to do so. Firefighters, paramedics, police officers, doctors, and of course, the men and women of our armed forces—we thank you.



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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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15 Reasons You Need To Be Excited About Fall

If only it could last forever.

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Fall is the best season. Spring is pretty. Summer is fun. Winter is well ... cold. But Fall has everything. It's fun! It's beautiful! It's everything you've ever dreamed. Here are the top 15 reasons you need to be excited for fall.

1. Perfect Weather

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It's not too hot. It's not too cold. You can go out in normal clothing without looking like a waddling penguin. You don't need to hide in the shade and stand by a fan in order to stop sweating waterfalls. Fall is perfect.

2. Apple Picking

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Don't go to the grocery store to get your apples. Go apple picking. It's the perfect experience to become one with Mother Nature. Plus there are so many kinds of apples. It's a cute time for a date, a fun pass time with friends, or just a great way to be outside.

3. Crunchy Leaves

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You walk outside and there are leaves everywhere. They are all waiting for you. They are crisp and ready to go. As you walk your merry way, they crunch as if cheering you on. If you want to go for the win, gather all the leaves up into a pile and jump. That huge crunch as you land is music to your ears.

4. Beautiful Scenery

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Everywhere you look everything is beautiful. There are colors of all sorts. They are bright and vibrant. Yellows, oranges, and reds that bring joy to everywhere you go. The scene is inspirational to any artist.

5. Mugs and Deliciousness

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Hot chocolate to warm herbal tea, hot beverages await to be poured into your cute decorative and themed mugs. Mugs with snazzy quotes or painted with fun patterns come out to be displayed. Your hands are warm. Your stomach is content. And your heart beats with joy.

6. Clothes

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New season equals new wardrobe. Not only are there new fall lines coming out in fashion, but you can just simply wear more clothes. You can wear sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, coats, and so much more! Your closet has never been happier.

7. Food

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Apple pie, turkey, pumpkin spice, s'mores, stuffing, and the list of items in this feast go on and on. Foods that only match this season come out to be enjoyed and we must make the most of them.

8. Cozy Blankets

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Cooler weather means more cozy blankets. It's time to make our sleep more luscious. Thick blankets with cute designs start to adore every sleep friendly corner from couches to windowsills. Napping no longer is a desired thought, it becomes a lifestyle.

9. Hiking

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Enjoying the great outdoors at its best calls for hiking. Whether at sunrise or sunset, the Earth is ready to show off it's beauty and it awaits for us to go see it.

10. Fire

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Bonfires, campfires, and small fires at home are all encouraged in the fall. They provide warmth and comfort for all, from the solitary thinker to the family of ten.

11. Country Drives

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There is no better time for a drive through the country than in the fall. Cool breeze blows through your hair. The rolling hills are well pronounced with accented colors. The air smells of invitation to go on an adventure.

12. Daylight Savings

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Get ready to 'fall back' an hour! Daylight savings ends and we get to sleep an extra hour. We all deserve that extra hour.

13. Holidays

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Finally, fall kicks-off the holidays. It's because of the holidays that we can make it through winter but fall gives us a great warm-up round with Halloween and Thanksgiving. The family is brought closer together. Friends are appreciated. Fall has arrived.

So go out into the world because fall is here!

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