I shared with you last week that my family had an early Thanksgiving. We celebrated last week, due to a family need. People are the most important part of our traditions and celebrations, so putting my parents’ needs first, simply meant we would celebrate the holiday a couple weeks early with our daughters and their families.
You know what? It was really great to be doing this holiday ahead of time!
Is Thanksgiving about the turkey or is it really about the sides that go along with it? After our early celebration that happened last Friday, I’m pretty sure it’s all about the SIDES! To help with the meal, Whitney made Mac and Cheese (I’m sure she’ll share it with you!)and Alli made Sweet potatoes – both were scrumptious! We try to please all the men at our gatherings, so there are lots of potatoes and starches (carbs!). I made mashed potatoes, of course, but when I tried to decide what other vegetables to make, I didn’t want to throw in something weird…you know, like brussel sprouts or roasted cabbage. But I did want to change it up just a little. Continue reading “Delicious Thanksgiving Sides”→
We are having an early celebration and our big meal is today at 1:00. The reason is that my precious mom is having major surgery the day before the official holiday and I will be there to help care for my parent’s needs. I’m so thankful I can go be with them. Who says you have to celebrate on the official Thanksgiving day? My girls were more than happy to celebrate a Continue reading “An Early Thanksgiving”→
It was Saturday afternoon and I drove into the city to the local rehabilitation center. Two church members are there recovering and I was going to visit and remind them of our love for them and prayers on their behalf. After spending time with both patients, I walked out into the sun-filled day, very aware of the blessing of using my two legs to Continue reading “Cultivating a Thankful Heart”→
“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:
My salvation, purchased by my Savior, Jesus Christ.
God’s Word in which I can learn about the character of God and my need for Him.
The Church. What a blessing to have the Body of Christ in which to fellowship, learn, pray, share and grow!
My godly heritage. Having parents who know and love Christ is a great blessing!
My sisters who know Christ and enable us to have an even greater bond.
My godly husband God preserved for me who is a blessing every single day.
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
Two grandsons -such precious grace gifts.
The gift of friendships that make life sweeter and richer.
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!
In case you need a little inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration, I’m going to share some of my favorite recipes for special holiday meals. That doesn’t mean they’re difficult or fussy, they’re simply delicious!