Why I like Thanksgiving & being thankful for what you already have

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 I Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

As everyone knows, that does not live under a rock, this Thursday is Thanksgiving.  I have always liked Thanksgiving for many reasons.  Here are a few:

1.  I get to see my family that I love.  Especially the ones from out of town.  I am turning into my Mamaw.  If it’s a holiday or Sunday dinner, my loved ones are required to be at my house.  And if not, I just won’t ever understand what else could be so important that you could not have your feet under my table for that time.  I just love them that much.

2. Thanksgiving is leisure time.  Not like that other holiday that is coming up next month.  Thanksgiving is cooking & eating & visiting.  You are really not required to do anything except cook, eat, & visit.  That’s easy.  Oh & watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade & football games.  Plus, we enjoy a little Just Dance, on the Wii, at our house as well.  Miss Neenee’s usual response when I play is,

“Mama quit. You are embarrassing yourself.”

3. We eat our way through the whole holiday.  I begin by hosting Thanksgiving breakfast.  We fill our bellies full of biscuits, Mama’s breakfast casserole, quiche, homemade Danish, bacon, sausage, & various & asundry jellies, preserves, & whatever else I can come up with.  Then, once that’s over, we go for the meal with the star of the show- the smoked turkey.  There’s dressing(not stuffing), cranberry sauce, beans, corn, salads, shells & cheese, casseroles, rolls, so much I can’t name it all.  And desserts that will make you want to slap yo’ mama & draw back at your daddy.  **On a side note, speaking of which, my Daddy has already proclaimed his Thanksgiving day plans are to eat breakfast at my house, then, go back to one of the bedrooms & sleep until we wake him up for dinner. **  I love a well thought out plan.

4. Me & my sweetie get to cook together.  It just all comes full circle.  We love to eat.  So, cooking together makes it just that much more fun.

5.  No stressing out.   I have my menu made weeks in advance.  I get my groceries bought up.  We plan when we are cooking what.  We execute our plan.  If anything goes amiss, it’s ok.  It’s all family.  They don’t care.  Not like Christmas.  My hair will be falling out before Christmas Eve.  Seriously.  It happens every year.  You don’t have to worry about presents on Thanksgiving or making sure everything is just right.  I leave that for next month.

So you see, I try my best, to celebrate Thanksgiving the way it should be.  Being thankful for what the Lord has so graciously blessed us with.  I read an article that has suggested showing gratitude is a lot more healthier for us than not being thankful- even for the everyday things.  You can read 20 Mind Blowing things about Gratitude here.  I do want to mention Bro. Brad preached an excellent sermon on Sunday- pinpointing being thankful.  He said he had read a story about a preacher that was always thankful.  He said one of the negative Nancy’s of the congregation came in thinking there was no way the preacher would find anything to be thankful for that day.  It was nasty outside.  Raining, wind blowing, terrible weather.  When the preacher got up to pray, he said,

“Thank you, Lord, that not all days are like this.”

What a wonderful attitude of gratitude.  There is always something to be thankful for.  The blanket on our bed, that keeps us warm a night.  The roof over our heads.  Hot water.  Shoes. Our sight.  Things that oftentimes we take for granted.  We as a society are so funny.  Because you know what the day after Thanksgiving is- Black Friday.

black-friday-ecardSad, but true.

I am glad you stopped by to visit with me today.  I so hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Like every year, I will be so happy to be surrounded by friends & family.  However, will be missing my Mama, too.  She loved a celebration.  No matter what it was for.  Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!!  Until next time I will be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Kindness from a 5th grader & why is it Thanksgiving already?

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The other morning, while my Miss Neenee was eating breakfast, she posed a question to me.

“Mama, if you have $17 how much more do you need for it to be $25?”

Seriously, I don’t need this kind of stuff that early in the morning.  But, I tried.  I looked around for my phone.  I obviously needed to consult my calculator. My calculator doesn’t care how simple the math problems are.  My calculator respects the fact I need math help.  But, my phone was still plugged up, back in my bedroom.  So, I had to take drastic measures.  I figured it out in my head. Which really made for a bad morning & by the way, made my head hurt.

I said,

“Probably about $8.  Why?  Who needs $25?”

Then, she begins to explain that she didn’t think a boy, in her class at school, had enough money to go on a field trip with everyone.  She said her & her bestie decided they would try to help pay for him to go.  She said the money had to be turned in by tomorrow.  So, today they were going to figure out how much money they had between them.

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My heart melted right there over the ham sandwiches I was making. You know, 5th grade has been hard, so far.  They are changing classes & have different teachers all throughout the day.  The kids are getting more responsibilities.  The kids are maturing.  They are a bit dramatic & wearing their sassy pants for sure.  I worry & want Miss Neenee to keep her head on straight.  Be her own person & not get caught up with all the goings on around her.   But somehow, she always comes around with her kind heart.

 

The apostle Paul instructed the church at Ephesus in

Ephesians 4:31-32

32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV)

 

Miss Neenee & her friend are definitely working on having the Fruit of the Spirit:

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (NKJV)

 

I just pray she can keep a pure heart.  Kids will be kids.  I am not a perfect parent.  However, I believe the main ingredient in the recipe of raising kids is this:

 

Proverbs 22:6 

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (NKJV)

 

That means I have some responsibility to my kids.  I have to keep my own heart clean.

 

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. (NKJV)

 

Do I fail?  Sure, but Jesus knows I am doing my best to remain faithful.  (Revelation 2:10) That is what is important- remaining in a good standing with Jesus.  My prayer is not only for my own children, but for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or any small children close to you.  For them to understand the importance of being kind & loving a great God.  We are all in this together.  Whether you want to admit it or not.  We are responsible for helping each other.  That’s what the Lord would want.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I love it when you take time to visit.  We had some snow last night.  Of course, we were all in a panic.  This morning, by the time we made it out the door, there was none to be seen anywhere.  On another note, has anyone told you next week is Thanksgiving??  As in, not this week, but next week?  My sweetie and I have already been contemplating the turkey. This year, I’m afraid we may just out do ourselves.  We shall see.   I hope you have a great rest of the week.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

And don't get me started about how I am tired of seeing Christmas trees up before Thanksgiving.  I'm with the turkey on this one.

And don’t get me started about how I am tired of seeing Christmas trees up before Thanksgiving. I’m with the turkey on this one.

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Time change is for the birds & my secret sister

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Ooohhh, the time change……..Really, is this change necessary? I mean, at work Monday around 2:30pm, I thought it was time for me to go home.  Imagine my surprise.  Since, I work until 5pm, that was definitely upsetting for me.  Next time they take a vote for cancelling daylight savings time, will someone let me know?  I perhaps have a strong opinion about it.  Thanks ya’ll.  Because time change is hard.

Isn’t it wonderful the love of the Lord never changes? It is a very constant thing for those who are His.  Do you wonder sometimes if Jesus still cares? He does.  He never changes. We all get discouraged.  We all have struggles.  It’s every day, for some of us.  Not just occasionally.  It is nearing the time of year that is, harder than normal, for us folks who have lost loved ones.  Times come when you feel you just can’t go on.  It may be the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a divorce, or sickness, whether it be you or someone you care about.  Things happen.  Things that we don’t plan for.  Change happens.  But, I am here with some good news, the Lord is here for us.  The whole time.  Not just for the parts that are easy.  He will be with you as long as you will let Him.  He wants us all to have a home in heaven.  Now, that’s a change I am happy about.  I will gladly change my earthly address in exchange for a heavenly home.

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David talks about his own troubling times in Psalms 30. David had a man killed, so that he could take his wife.  David & his new wife had a baby & the baby died. (II Samuel 12)  David was so full of grief.  He called on God.  He knew His love was there.  Never changing.

Psalms 30: 2

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. v. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. (NKJV)

The Lord obviously loved David. He was right there for him.  Even though David did wrong, God came back to him, when he repented.

Psalms 30:5

For his anger lasts only a moment,  but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.(NKJV)

Have you ever stayed up at night & wanted relief? Didn’t things look much better in the morning?  David found favor with God.  God made sure he was there for David.  Why?  Because God’s just awesome like that.  He’s a dependable.  He never changes.  And after the baby died, David went to worship the Lord.  David was changed.  He knew the same Lord that allowed bad things to happen to him, was the same Lord that blessed him.  He knew God was going to take care of everything.  And He did.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. Did you know it’s only 3 weeks until Thanksgiving?  I am so excited!  I can’t wait for all of our family to be together.  There is ne’er a dull moment with my bunch.  There will be lots of cooking, eating, & fun times.  And too, my secret sister, from the Only a Breath encouragement project,  sent me a card this week.  She wrote a beautiful scripture in it.  Do you know where it was from?  Psalms 30.  I had been reading & studying that very scripture the same day I got the card.  Now tell me the Lord didn’t just send me a friend!  I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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30 Days of Gratitude-continued

Well, I can say this, November is flying by, just like the rest of the year has.  I think it gets that way, when you get old gracefully mature.  I can say, I have been loving reflecting on my bountiful blessings.  Here is what I am thankful for thus far:

 

Day three

Fried catfish

Fried catfish

I am so thankful for fried catfish.  Being from the South, you just have to LOVE fried catfish.  I just don’t know what I would do without it. 

Day four

Friends

Friends

I am so thankful for my friends.  Especially, my friend Jenn.  I can’t ever remember not knowing her.  We have gone to church together, school together, & now are doing 5ks together.  Wonderful person inside & out!  Don’t know what I’d do without her.

Day five

Fall colors

Fall colors

I am so thankful for these beautiful fall colors.  This was taken on my way to work one morning.  It’s so bright & sunny outside thanks to a little something called Daylight Savings Time being over (which I am not thankful for).  Oh wait, I think I am getting off track a bit here…..

Day six

Miss Neenee

Miss Neenee

I am so thankful for this little girl right in the middle.  Miss Neenee just turned 10 years old.  (I am tearing up just a little.)  She is beautiful, smart, funny, & kind.  I love her to pieces!  I would rather do without fried catfish, than her.  No really, I’m serious.  Love. This. Girl.

Day seven

Putting on lipstick without a mirror

Putting on lipstick without a mirror

I am so thankful for Miss Neenee’s ability to put on lipstick without a mirror.  In the South, there are things we mothers teach our daughters.  How to cook, how to sew, how to treat others, & obviously important things like how to put on make up.  Every lady & little lady needs to know how to put on lipstick without a mirror.  You just never know when those lips are gonna need paintin’ !  Here Miss Neenee is applying lipstick on the way to school.  Obviously a necessity for 4th grade. 🙂

Day 8

K.K. & Bizba

K.K. & Bizba

I am so thankful for these pretty ladies.  These are more of my peeps.  Really much more than that.  They are my sweet girls.  K.K. & Bizba are the cat’s meow, the cat’s pajama’s or simply awesomeness wrapped up in 2 precious packages.  K.K. & Bizba are the names Mr. Sweetie Pants gave them. They are wonderful Christian ladies, that I am proud to call my daughters.

 

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude

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Have you heard of 30 days of gratitude? I have looked around on different blogs to see how this is done. Basically it is a series of things you are grateful for.  It takes you on a 30 day journey of what is important to you.  Some folks post a quote about thankfulness every day.  Some post their favorite scripture, pictures, whatever means a lot to them, that they want to thank the Lord up above for.  Kim at the writeshop has a wonderful blog about it.  There is even a Facebook page dedicated to this chalIenge.   Love this idea.  With November having the biggest gratitude holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, I thought this would be a wonderful month to try this out.  I am going to post, once a week, things I am so very grateful for.  I know this will be a blessing.  It will give me a chance to reflect & acknowledge God’s favor, that is in my life.  I encourage you to do this challenge.  Whether you post on your blog, write it in a journal, scratch it down on paper, or hold it all in your head- take time to be thankful to the Lord for one thing, each day, for 30 days.  I just know this will be a blessing!  Feel free to let me know what you are doing.   I would love to hear what you are thankful for.

 

Day one S__78C1I am so thankful for the Bible.  I have been in a wonderful Bible study with two sweet young ladies, for the past couple of weeks.  Also, our ladies group that meets every third Friday is great.  Sunday school, worship service, our church, none of this would be possible with out God’s word.  The Lord is working in mine & my family’s lives.  This is all through the Bible.  For that, I am thankful.

 

Day two

I should be washing clothes.

I should be washing clothes.

I am so thankful for this little blog right here.  God has blessed me so much with it.  I would never have met some of you without it.  I am proud of the friendships I have made through it.  It has been such a wonderful opportunity to reach out to others with it.  And with that some of you reach back in to me!!  That’s the best thing!!!  I love that this blog can be something fun & happy & maybe a thought provoking place.  I am so grateful for it!

Thanksgiving is this week…oh my!

 

I have been informed, by my ever so up to date 9 year old, that it is 35 days until Christmas. Which means Thanksgiving is this week! (Did I just say this week?)  I have been working on my menu for Thanksgiving Day.  It is going to be pretty wonderful.  We have lots of family coming to our house.  It will be a great day.  I wanted to share my menu with you:

Turkey & dressing (of course) my sweet husband is going to smoke the turkey, which was delectable last year & will be sure to please this year. 

Cranberry sauce

Homemade shells & cheese

Hashbrown casserole

Green beans

Lima beans

Sweet potato casserole

Mixed vegetable casserole

Deviled eggs

Homemade rolls

For dessert- Chess cake, pumpkin pie, & some other things that family will bring

I have been checking out Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate Blog.  She has so much going on over there for Thanksgiving.  Everything, I have ever seen on her blog, is something you would really eat. That is if you love southern food.  If you have not visited her, you should do that, soon!

I am ready to see my family & have some good food.  There are countless things I am thankful for.  However, here are a few that were in our church bulletin.

Be thankful for:

God’s goodness & mercy (I Chronicles 16:34) Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Our food (Matthew 15:36) And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks……

God’s creation (Psalm 75: 1) We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

For the care & compassion of others (II Corinthians 8:16)But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.

For our brethren (Ephesians 1:16)  do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers

For the church (Colossians 1:12-13) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. v.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

For all things (Ephesians 5:20) giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Jesus- God’s indescribable gift (II Corinthians 9:15) Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

For the hope of heaven (Revelation 11:16-17) And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshipped God, v. 17 saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is & who was & who is to come. Because You have taken Your great power & reigned.

I Thessalonians 5:18 says it very well, “in everything give thanks;for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It is so easy to pray with your list of wants.  Starting today, let’s make a habit of thanking God just as much as we ask from God.  I believe you will receive a blessing for it!

I am so glad you stopped by to visit with me today.  I hope you have a wonderful & safe Thanksgiving.  I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes!

 

 

An attitude of gratitude

With Thanksgiving on the way, it is a great time to think about being grateful.  We should make gratitude a way of life, each day of the year.  Let me challenge you with a couple of things.

1. Pay attention to the simple, small, gifts God brings into your life everyday.  Things like hot showers, reliable transportation, electricity, clean running water, work to do, friends and family to see, and food to eat.

2. Accept each day as a gift.  Create & cultivate a thankful spirit.  You find what you look for.  So, focus on reasons to be grateful.  Your gratitude will color your attitude and make you more inspiring to be around.

3. Make a list of all the things & people around you that make you smile.  Post it on the refrigerator door as a reminder of what you are grateful for.

I am reminded of the lepers that Jesus healed.  There were a group of 10 of them, but only 1 came back & said “Thank you.” (Luke 17:11-19)

When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.Luke 17:15

Let’s make sure we show our gratefulness this week.  I am going to make my list tonight.  I hope you will, too.  Thanks for stopping by & visiting with me.  I have to be going now, because should be washing clothes.

Parts of this was taken from a book 101 Ways to Make a Difference today by Candy Paull