The Morning Thing loves a holiday weekend!

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites 11/25/22

For our Friday Favorites this week, The Morning Thing hosts shared their favorite family activities to do during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
We are ready for some fun! How about you?

Click HERE to hear from Marcy, Allison and Wesley.

Thanksgiving can be FUN!

If you are like us, you are finalizing all of your plans for Thanksgiving! It is coming next week!

The Morning Thing is here to help. This morning (11/18), we shared some Thanksgiving activities for the whole family. These fun ideas from will help you get the laughter flowing along with the holiday cheer. You can also make some memories and start some meaningful family traditions.

Check out the full list HERE.

Click HERE to see the Thanksgiving FUN ideas that we shared.

Click HERE to see and download the Thanksgiving Lunchbox Notes.

Click HERE to see and download the Holiday Helper Cards.

We also had some FUN sharing Thanksgiving Brain Teasers.

Click HERE to get the full list and start the laughter at your family gathering.

Click HERE to hear from the Big Blue Crew! 🙂

Bonding as a Family This Thanksgiving

Almost every holiday involves spending time with family in some capacity, but for Thanksgiving it is all the more in focus. The holiday revolves around everyone coming together to share a meal and, well, give thanks. However, despite Thanksgiving gatherings often being large affairs, it is surprisingly easy to unintentionally avoid spending any real time with most of the people in attendance. It is habitual for many of us to split along generational lines and hang out only with the people that are closest to us in age and interest. Even then the conversation may stay surface level and no real bonding occur.

This Thanksgiving, we want to encourage you to connect with as many family members and friends as you can. Enjoy the time with them, it is a blessing from God! To help you, we are sharing suggestions from Crosswalk to help you engage in bonding regularly with your family to make it easier to do so on the Big Day, as well as ideas for those out of the ordinary gatherings like Thanksgiving. You can check out the entire list HERE.

However you are celebrating Thanksgiving, the hosts of the Morning Thing hope it is a blessed time for you and your family!

We can help you make your Thanksgiving dinner a lot easier!

If you’re making dinner for your family’s Thanksgiving, you’re probably starting to think about how you’re going to handle the meal on Thanksgiving. This morning, we shared some advice that can help make your Thanksgiving go smoothly. Maddy Sweitzer-Lammé of All Recipes says to think of Thanksgiving as a two-day holiday: use your Wednesday for the cooking, and Thursday for enjoying the food and your family and friends that helped make dinner with you.

There are many Thanksgiving dinner foods that you can make on Wednesday, including your stuffing, pies, and mashed potatoes and gravy. You can also decorate and set your table on Wednesday too! There are only two things that she say’s not to prepare: turkey (because it might dry out) and salad (it could be soggy). But, if you prepare ahead of time, you’ll have time Thursday to make a fresh turkey and salad!

Click HERE to read the article from All Recipes

Thanksgiving is 3 weeks from today! Are you ready?

AAHHHH! Did you scream a little when you read the title of this blog? We did when writing it! 🙂

Time has been flying by so quickly this fall. You are probably just like us, wondering how we will get everything done before our family is ready to sit down to the Thanksgiving table.

Don’t worry. The Morning Thing, and the Food Network, are here to help!

Click HERE to find an amazing Thanksgiving Countdown, complete with tips on how to prepare for the meal like a pro.

This planner breaks your task list down by using the calendar to your advantage. See the tips for 3 weeks before (which is actually today), 2 weeks before, 1 week before, 4 days before, 2 days before, 1 day before and then tips for Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to see the info-graphic below too.

We would love to see some pictures of your Thanksgiving Day feast. Send them to

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – We are thankful!

For our Friday Favorites this week, The Morning Thing hosts shared what they are thankful for this year.

Click HERE to hear our praises!

We hope you take time today and this holiday season, to count your blessings. We have SO much to be thankful for in our lives!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We are so thankful for you! Today on the Morning Thing we shared “35 Best Bible Verses About Thanksgiving and Gratitude” Keep these verses with you so you never forget to thank God for the amazing things he has done in you and through you. To read the full article click HERE.

Here are some verses we shared…

  • “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
  • “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7

It’s Thanksgiving Eve!

This morning we talked about some tips to make Thanksgiving successful this year. We all know things can get a little crazy so here are “10 Sanity-Saving Thanksgiving Tips, Tricks and Hacks” brought to you by Food Network. Here are some of the tricks…

  • Ice Chest As a Fridge
  • Pennies As Pie Weights
  • Aluminum Foil As a Roasting Rack
  • Slow Cooker As Mashed Potato Keeper
  • Measuring Cup As a Fat Separator

Click HERE to read all of the tips and tricks. Hope these hacks help your Thanksgiving go a lot smoother!

We Run MV partners with Food For The Hungry for the 2021 Turkey Trot

What will you be doing on Thanksgiving morning?
We Run MV encourages you to join them at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for the 11th Annual Turkey Trot.

This special race benefits the 40th annual Food For The Hungry Drive!
WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Scott Burgess about this wonderful opportunity to get some exercise and help others in our community.

Click HERE to hear the conversation!

Registration starts at 8am. The race starts at 9am.
Register at the MVNU R.R. Hodges Chapel.

Stay connected with this special 40th Anniversary campaign at

Happy Thanksgiving from The Morning Thing. Let’s create a gratitude list.

How will you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? For most of us, it will be a little different, much like our year of 2020.

To celebrate this special day, The Morning Thing co-hosts found a powerful list that will keep our thoughts focused on gratitude today and for the rest of this year. Enjoy this list from

100 Amazing Things To Be Grateful For

1. Being alive

2. Starry nights

3. The love and kindness of people

4. Animals

5. Photography

6. The beauty of nature

7. Soft pillows

8. Your senses

9. Big hugs

10. The ability to learn something new

11. Living in a safe country

12. Having a roof over your head

13. Your comfy bed

14. Having food in abundance

15. Giving love

16. Rainbows

17. Farmers markets

18. Comfy pyjamas

19. New experiences

20. Friendship

21. Snuggling up with a hot tea and a book on rainy days

22. The ability to make a positive impact on the world

23. The smell of freshly baked cake

24. GPS

25. Laughing till your stomach hurts

26. Fresh bed sheets

27. Freedom of expression

28. Sleeping in

29. Deep conversations

30. Fresh fruit and veggies

31. Smoothie Bowls

32. Health

33. Warm clothes

34. A pile of leaves to jump in

35. Roadtrips

36. Your significant other

37. The ability to feel emotions

38. Good music

39. Creativity

40. Beautiful sunsets

41. The ability to walk

42. Running water and electricity

43. Your parents

44. Your courage

45. Getting to choose your profession

46. Your legs to walk

47. Your apartment and furniture

48. Your life lessons

49. Your privileges

50. Home cooked meals

51. Your economic situation (better than millions of other people have it)

52. Transportation (cars, trains, planes)

53. Books, podcasts and movies

54. Having a friend at work

55. Meditation/Prayer

56. Clean drinking water

57. Siblings

58. Memories

59. Traveling with loved ones

60. The sunshine

61. The internet and digital communication

62. Your imagination

63. All your life experiences

64. Taking a nice bath

65. The present moment

66. Eating out

67. Cuddling

68. Flowers

69. Mountains

70. Your home

71. Having people in your life that push you to become better

72. Being playful

73. Family

74. Good things happening to the people you love

75. Solitude and calm moments

76. The kindness of strangers

77. Sweet potatoes

78. A good workout session

79. Art

80. Fresh air

81. Your past – it taught you so much

82. Sunday mornings

83. Bad days – they make you appreciate the good ones

84. Flowers

85. Grocery stores

86. Peanut butter

87. Singing

88. Dancing like nobody’s watching

89. Getting to play your favorite sport

90. Hiking

91. Finding a parking lot right away

92. Telling someone how much they mean to you

93. The peacefulness of early mornings

94. Air conditioning

95. Amazon Prime

96. Date nights

97. The ocean

98. Planet Earth

99. The ability to give love and kindness to others

100. Being YOU! Thank you so much for reading and have a beautiful day!

What is on your gratitude list today?

Here are some bible verses that will help us keep our focus on gratitude as we reflect on 2020 – courtesy of

32 Best Thanksgiving Bible Verses 

Thanksgiving Bible Verses About Gratitude
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 1:4

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” Jonah 2:9

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.” Psalm 50:14

Thanksgiving Bible Verses About Praise
“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.” 1 Chronicles 16:23-26

“And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13

“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13:15

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

“In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:4

“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” Psalm 89:1-2

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:1-3

“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.” Psalm 92:1-3

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8-9

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Harvest Thanksgiving Bible Verses
“Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because when farmers plow and thresh, they should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.” 1 Corinthians 9:10

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:10

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

“You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as soldiers rejoice when dividing the plunder.” Isaiah 9:3

“They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'” Jeremiah 5:24

“The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us.” Psalm 67:6

“From the fruit of their mouths people’s stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.” Proverbs 18:20

“Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, ‘Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.'” Revelation 14:15

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