Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 24, 2019

Our reading this Thanksgiving week reminds us to be thankful for God. Praise music stimulates us spiritually. It takes us deeper into our soul. Studies shows if we focus on the positive in our lives, we tend to be happier. This is harder than it sounds though.  Negative events distract us from being positive. We seem to be hard-wired to be negative.  We must not take for granted our blessings. In addition to feeling positive, we must articulate it. This is why joys and concerns are so important. Internal happiness leads to external happiness. Thoughts leads to actions and joyful living. This is hard work! We must practice even when you don’t feel like it.  Be intentional! Celebrate! Praise God!