Ah Thanksgiving! The one day a year when it’s okay to be a glutton. Of course the day isn’t just about eating more food than most people eat in a week, it’s a day in which we come together as a family to celebrate and give thanks. And whoever you are, no matter the circumstance, you can give thanks.

Here are some ways that I use to reflect and think about life that you may find useful for this holiday.

Spend some time alone. I know this can be hard for some people, my wife included, but there can be great benefit in spending time by yourself. Go for a walk around your neighborhood; take a nice long bath; go for a drive to no where in particular. You don’t have to set an agenda, just go and spend some time alone with God and your thoughts and you’ll be amazed at the things that he brings to mind.

Keep a journal. One thing that Hannah did a few years back is keep journal of thanks. What she did was sit down at the end of the day and write out five good things that happened. Some days were naturally harder than others, but this exercise really helps you to focus on the positive things in your life. It doesn’t have to be a fancy notebook, just a $1 notebook from Target and a pencil is all you really need.

Pray. One of the things that we naturally do when we pray is give thanks. When you come before Jesus and make your petitions it is hard not to be mindful of all the things that God has done in your life. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Paul says to pray without ceasing and immediately follows that up with giving thanks in all circumstances.

This is just a few suggestions; get creative and give thanks this holiday for all the God has done in your life. Even when you think there is nothing to give thanks for you can always thank him for being alive!