Thanksgiving

Give Me Ten!

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“Give me ten!” might be yelled out by a drill Sargent  who is expecting his soldier to drop to the ground and give him ten push-ups.  I’m not yelling a command to you, but I’d like to give you a suggestion that I heard recently.

“Give me ten” by thinking of ten things for which you thank God. Can you hold up your ten fingers and give thanks to the Lord on this Thanksgiving for Ten things He’s given you?  Some might ramble off five or six pretty quickly, but then begin to slow down and have to really think to find the other four or five.

Here was my list this morning:

  1. My salvation, purchased by my Savior, Jesus Christ.
  2. God’s Word in which I can learn about the character of God and my need for Him.
  3. The Church.  What a blessing to have the Body of Christ in which to fellowship, learn, pray, share and grow!
  4. My godly heritage.  Having parents who know and love Christ is a great blessing!
  5. My sisters who know Christ and enable us to have an even greater bond.
  6. My godly husband God preserved for me who is a blessing every single day.
  7. My three daughters and two sons-in-law that love my girls and point them to Christ.; all gifts from a loving God’s hands
  8. Two grandsons -such precious grace gifts.
  9. The gift of friendships that make life sweeter and richer.
  10. The blessing of serving God – oh, the joy!

In your prayer time on Thanksgiving day, why not open your fingers while in prayer and find those ten things for which you are most grateful?  Remember God gets the praise – He is the Giver of every good and perfect gift!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Perhaps around your dinner table even the little ones can open their hands and give praise to God for ten things as they point to each finger!  We are so blessed!  Let’s count them one by one!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

See you next week!

With a grateful heart,

Denise

seasonal decor · Thanksgiving

Simple Is Better

I’m sitting here on this November day warming myself by the fire beside me and shaking my head in disbelief that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away.  I glance over at the corner of my desk and spot a little picture that has been printed and clipped from years ago.  I set it there on my desk at the beginning of the month, just because it’s a memory from nearly 25 Thanksgiving’s ago that is one of my all-time favorites!

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My girls were piled up on the love seat with a warm afghan over their laps because they were dealing with a stomach bug.  We all got it.  It was no fun.  It kept us home from the big family Thanksgiving dinner with my family, but look at those smiles!  They weren’t happy because they were sick, I think the joy came from us being forced into the most simple of holiday celebrations ever.

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  • Our activities included making Indians and pilgrims out of toilet paper rolls and construction paper. We had so much fun being creative! Cost – $00.00
  • Our decorations were paper headbands and the pilgrims and Indians we had made. They were so cute! Cost – $00.00
  • Our meal (for those able to eat) was carry-out from the local grocery store deli.It was really good! Cost – Under $10
  • Our company was one another – just the four of us. It was special! Cost $No Stress
  • Our memories are paramount from that year.  It was unforgettable! Cost – Priceless

I don’t know if you’re hosting or planning on being a guest for Thanksgiving, but can I remind you that most of the time the things we enjoy most are the simple things?  Just as most children play more with the paper from birthday gifts than the the gifts themselves, we don’t need bigger to make it better!  The truth is that simple is better.

So this year, instead of worrying about having the most spectacular tablescape and centerpiece, a million sides to accompany the turkey, a perfectly decorated and cleaned home, and everyone doing just what you wanted them to do, stop and ask yourself how you could simplify things.

  • What food item causes you stress?  Get help.  Buy it already cooked/baked.
  • What company stresses you out?  Pray about how you can resolve that problematic situation. Perhaps keeping your distance (lovingly), or inviting others that will help you cope could solve the problem.
  • What expectations could you life from others?  Release your family from what you think they should do or how they should respond on this holiday.
  • Don’t have time to decorate?  Use items you have near you.  Pinecones, nuts, your jar candles, pumpkins, flannel scarves, or burlap.  Or have your children help you by making handmade decorations!
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    Decorate your home for Thanksgiving on a budget with these festive and creative dollar store Thanksgiving decorations. From thanksgiving centerpieces to table decor and wreaths, there are thanksgiving decoration ideas for every part of your home! Supplies You Can Get at Dollar Tree: wreath forms ribbons vases fall florals and floral supplies candleholders candles crafting supplies (glue sticks, …
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    And of course, we have to include some Indians and pilgrim decorations!

    Pilgrims and Indians Craft! Perfect use for all the toilet paper rolls your school goes through!
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    Who knows?  You just might end up with a photo that you pull out every year to remind you of the most memorable and special Thanksgiving you ever had!

    Do you have special memories of a holiday that got changed due to uncontrollable circumstances? I’d love to hear about it!

    Refresh your holiday by remembering that Simple is better!

    Denise

     

Bible study · Christian growth · Christian Life

Early Shopping

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Laryngitis is keeping me from posting a video today, so I’m writing my post instead.  Hopefully I’ll be back with a voice and a video next week!

 

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Christmas season is closing in on us.  I’ve seen Black Friday ads long before November even arrived!  I can remember the days of shopping on Black Friday.  One year my whole family was in Kentucky for Thanksgiving and we decided we were going to join the crazy shoppers and head out and get some bargains, too!  We mapped out: Continue reading “Early Shopping”

dessert · pumpkin · Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Monday Returns!

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m bringing you the ultimate of pumpkin recipes!  How about a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie?!  If you’re not familiar with whoopie pies, my definition of them would be, two cake-like cookies with a cream filling in-between.  Chocolate and white cream are popular, but when I was at The Wilds of New England in September, a sweet young woman made these pies for all the ladies’ dessert!!! I begged asked her if she would share her recipe, and she sweetly obliged!   Continue reading “Pumpkin Monday Returns!”

Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

Family Friday – Seven Truths About My Marriage

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Recently at a marriage conference my husband and I were privileged to do, he preached a message that had some really great points that are just too good not to share!  If your marriage is struggling (and we all struggle at one point or another!) these are great truths to tuck away and preach to yourself! Ready?  There are seven of them…

  1. My past doesn’t define or confine me.  Are you guilty-ridden?  Have you messed up as a wife along the way and regretted your behavior, or attitude?  Those things don’t define you – nor do they keep you from changing!! Old things are passed away and all things are become new!  II Cor. 5:17
  2. We can live free from sin, guilt and condemnation.  Remember point #1 when you might have thought about something hard?  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
  3. Nothing done against me compares to my sin against God. When we feel we’ve been done “dirty” by our spouse, this truth is so crucial to remember! Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. I Peter 2:24
  4. I’m not dependent on my spouse for what I am or need.  A husband can do lots of things, but Christ is ALL I need.  Psalm 62:5 Oh my soul, wait though only upon God, for my expectation is from Him.
  5. I can obey all God has called me to do regardless of any situation.  Submitting is hard.  Asking forgiveness is difficult, but…It is God who works in us, both to will and do of His good pleasure.  Phil. 2:13
  6. I can endure any suffering or hardship with the assurance that God is working all to my greatest good.  God can take even ugly situations and turn them into blessings!  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
  7. God is always with me and always at work in my marriage, even when progress is imperceptible.  Though I may feel alone, I am not.  Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

After I got these truths home, I asked myself, “Where does the Bible tell me that?” then I found a verse that is the backbone of each of those truths.  I would encourage you to do the same thing.  Find Scripture verses that will remind you of God’s forgiveness, presence, work, plan and help for your marriage.  Write it in your prayer journal and thank God for the fact that He cares more for your marriage than you even do!! God wants your marriage to succeed and bring glory to Him!  You have His Word on it!!

Do those Truths encourage you like they do me?! 

Refresh your marriage so you can refresh others!

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Proverbs · Work

Who Wants To Work?!

Work…it is often called a “four-letter word.”  We run from it and avoid it, yet God has much to say in the Book of Proverbs about being a hard worker.  He uses a tiny insect to teach us how to be industrious.

Here’s today’s video lesson in Proverbs, Consider the Ant, found in chapter 6.

 

What tasks are most difficult for you to tackle?
What spiritual work will you attempt today?

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