I love this time of year! I’m so thankful for my family, including our little butterball, Gus, and the friends, food, parade, food, football, food, cooler weather, food and naps this holiday brings (and the leftovers). I’m also really grateful for the reminder Thanksgiving is to count our blessings and look at life through a lens of gratitude. We are blessed by a God who loves us SO much, and we truly have SO much to be thankful for. 1 Chronicles 16:34 reminds us to “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!”
I’m a devout Christmasian (yeah, you read that right). As a family, we watch Christmas movies – we decorate – and yes we do it all before Thanksgiving. But that’s only because I think of Thanksgiving as a crucial element in the most wonderful season of the year. If Christmas is embodied by Luke 2 – then Thanksgiving is the prequel. Luke 1. The announcement of the coming Messiah – a thankful little Hebrew girl who is going to become the mother of God. Happy Pre-Christmas, I mean Thanksgiving!
What are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving? Eating turkey, stuffing, & pie until you can’t move? While the typical Thanksgiving table favorites are delicious, nothing compares to the time spent catching up with family members you haven’t seen (most likely) since the holiday season last year. Thanksgiving is always a great reminder, for me personally, to not wait until this time next year to see my relatives, but to be intentional about making time to see and visit them all year long because moments with them are special. Cherish the conversations & time you and your family get to spend together while passing the mashed potatoes around the Thanksgiving table.
I am most thankful for family time. In the past my career was in retail and as we all know that is GO time, no vacation, no time off, and drive by hello’s to the family. Things have changed for sure, now it’s all about the family and spending time preparing full buffet style meals, decorating the house, and every now and then sitting in front of the fire…but most of all we get to do it as a Family……Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.
This year, I am most thankful for restored relationships. The saying, “hurt people, hurt people”, has been very evident in my life. I never thought my relationship with a certain family member could be healthy. Thankfully, I was wrong, God not only restored my relationship with my family member, but He made it BRAND NEW!
I am thankful for God’s faithfulness and goodness. Even when I doubt, He never fails.
Last year at this time, our family was in the midst of so many “unknowns” Where was my daughter going to end up in College? Where was my son going to high school? Should my husband expand the business? Will there be healing in our home? So many “what If’s ? This year for thanksgiving I am so thankful that I can look back at all of those “what If “ questions answered. But more importantly I’m so very grateful for the spiritual growth that benefitted my entire family! Grateful that today our trust in God’s Good plan prevailed and we can rest this year in God’s Faithfulness!
Precious time spent with family, delicious food, an entire day of football?! I’m thankful a day like Thanksgiving came to be in the first place! In retrospect to last year, my life was extremely hectic and all over the place. I was travelling a lot (maybe too much), working incessantly, and putting off the things that were ultimately most important in my life. This year I’m so incredibly grateful to just slow down and take it all in.