Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Posted on November 13, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters

I want to give you a challenge on this 13th day of November. Are you ready?

The Bible makes it clear that our lives need to be filled with thanksgiving and gratitude. Some of us look at life through the lens of a half-full glass, while others look at life through a half-empty glass. Some of us wake up saying, “Good Lord, it’s morning!” But some of us wake up saying, “Good morning, Lord.”

It’s kind of cool that researchers are finding that there is a connection between how gratitude and thanksgiving have an impact on our emotions, stress, and even our physical health.

The Bible is filled with verses about thanksgiving and gratitude. As men (and women) who claim to be His kids, our lives SHOULD be overflowing with praise and gratitude.

For the next 18 days, I want to challenge you to look up these verses and then to WRITE THEM OUT from your favorite Bible translation. After writing out the verse, write one thing for each day for which you are thankful. I want you to WRITE them out, not type them out. At the end of the 18 days, go back and read what you have written.


Here are the verses:

November 13 Colossians 4:2 November 22 1 Chronicles 16:8
November 14 2 Corinthians 9:11 November 23 Psalm 34:8
November 15 1 Timothy 4:4-5 November 24 Psalm 86:12
November 16 Psalm 106:1 November 25 Psalm 9:1-2
November 17 Hebrews 12:28-29 November 26 Psalm 28:7
November 18 Hebrews 13:15 November 27 Psalm 13:5
November 19 Psalm 107:21 November 28 1 Chronicles 16:35
November 20 Psalm 69:30 November 29 Psalm 95:2
November 21 Colossians 3:16 November 30 Psalm 92:1-2


I don’t like to give challenges without doing them myself, so I will be joining you on the journey. If you are going to take the challenge, please email me at and simply write, “I’m in!” I’ll know you are joining me.

I look forward to learning and growing with you as we journal about gratitude and thanksgiving. PLEASE JOIN ME!


Anchored to the Rock,

Bill Welte, President/CEO
America’s Keswick


Written by Dr. Bill Welte: Bill has been the President & CEO of America’s Keswick for 26+ years, living and breathing Keswick’s message of Victory every day. He has an empowering gift with people leaving each one with an impressionable sense of God’s love, grace, and truth. He hosts & leads various Keswick events, as well as speaking at numerous churches in the tri-state area. He now lives off-campus with his childhood sweetheart of 40+ years, Jan. They have four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. In his personal time, he loves to read and weekly writes for Keswick’s Freedom Fighter blogs.

Think About This:  “This brings us to one of the deepest truths in all scripture: It is not about you; it is all about Him. This truth will set you free. About the eternal God, God the Son, Jesus Christ – Colossians 1:16 tells us that, ‘all things were made by him and for him’, and that includes you and me. You and I exist for our Lord Jesus, to live for him, and he enables us to do that by being our shepherd.” ― David Knott

The Daily Bible Reading: Mark 15, Luke 23. You can download our 2022 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:  “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” Hebrews 12:14-15

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