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

     

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!”

Praise · Thanksgiving

Lie and Praise

I have a love/hate relationship with the Auto-correct on my cell phone.  When I want it to correct a misspelled word, it often does, and I love that.  However, it doesn’t read my mind and it often makes assumptions at times that aren’t always right. It can be very frustrating! I know I’m not alone in this.

Recently a friend was texting about whether or not she would be able to attend our church’s Pie and Praise service this week.  However, her auto-correct fixed the word Pie to what it assumed was correct.  So she let her friends know she wouldn’t be attending the “Lie and Praise” on Tuesday night!  I laughed until my sides hurt over that one!

However, the more I’ve thought about it, the more convinced I am that her auto-correct may have been right after all!  Oh, I’m sure no one who attends a praise service would purposefully lie about their praise, but there’s a way that I see myself not giving honest praise to my God.  Here’s what the next part  of Psalm 103 tells us to do:

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Don’t forget all His benefits!!  I lift my hands and say, “Thank you, Lord!”  This past Sunday after praying and thanking the Lord for His benefits, I marched out the door, went to church, and when someone asked me how I was, the first thing I told them was that I had a migraine!  What?!  Could I have not shared at least three things God had done for me instead?  What about all the parts of me that felt great, thanks to my God who holds this body together?!  But no, I turned my praise into a lie by not sharing God’s blessings and goodness with that person! I’m thankful for the conviction of the Spirit of God, because I was able to get it right with Him when I confessed it!

Isn’t it easy to praise one minute and complain the next?  God has done so much for us, but if we praise Him one minute and gripe and grumble the next, we’re really lying instead of praising.

I’m asking the Lord to help me to attend the Pie and Praise instead of the Lie and Praise – not just at church this week, but every day of my life!

Do you find yourself praising or grumbling today?  Let’s remember all His benefits and praise His name! No lying!

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Pie and Praise

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I’ve been scouring through pie recipes looking for something great to take to our church Pie and Praise Fellowship Tuesday night.  The possibilities are endless, but the success rate on some of them looks doubtful.

So many ingredients!

So many steps!

But there’s one thing I can take with me to that fellowship that is very simple – a heart of praise.  Why?  Because according to Psalm 103:

  1. Bless the Lord – There’s only one Person Who deserves my praise – it’s my God! I may struggle over which pie to make, but I can never wonder Who deserves my gratitude – it’s my wonderful God! To “bless the Lord” is to give Him praise.  This phrase comes with a heart of affection and a sense of gratitude.  There is none else who deserves my thanks and praise but the Lord!
  2. O my soul – My mind and heart are all in when I’m praising God! Some of these instructions in the pie recipes are confusing and so complex!  Failure seems inevitable!  I’ll never go wrong praising the Lord!  To bless the Lord with my soul is to use my mind and  heart, my emotions and my will. All I have to consider is how great He is, and it comes so readily!  My soul was made to have fellowship with God, to enjoy His favor and consider His attributes.  I was made to praise the Lord and I will praise Him with my soul!
  3. And all that is within me, bless His holy name. I can give praise with my whole being.  While I could keep back a piece of the pie I’m baking and savor it myself (which is tempting sometimes!) to bless God’s name with all that is within me is to praise Him with all my faculties, all my heart, all my will, all my emotions and all my affection.  God is worthy of all the praise that I can give Him with my whole being!  I will be “all in!”

My pie probably won’t win a prize, but I pray that my praise will be a beautiful delight to my God.  He alone is worthy.  So I say, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. 

I trust you’re preparing your praise to God even more than you’re preparing the food you’ll enjoy on Thursday!

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