We had a great Thanksgiving with our family. We ate a lot, laughed a lot and were thankful a lot. Then we spent the remainder of the weekend in the country visiting more family. Here is a long post of pics. Enjoy.
Now I am sitting in the midst of a million boxes of Christmas decorations! Time to deck my Halls!
Happy Thanksgiving!!! I have already put my turkey on and prepared all my sides yesterday. House is clean, table almost set , desserts survived the night with no one sneaking any! Yes, everything will come together easily for our Thanksgiving feast today. We will be well-prepared for our thanks giving.
I LOVE Thanksgiving. Love the whole week off to spend with my people. Love the eating, lazing, and visiting. Love the talking of preparing for Christmas. But I especially love the whole idea of giving thanks for our blessings. I love the meditating on all there is to be thankful for in my life. I find it interesting that this time of year makes it so easy to reflect and be thankful because, well... that's what you do on Thanksgiving. I try so hard to not just be thankful for the easy stuff. You know....husband, health, family, job, friends.........etc. Those things are the easy things to be thankful for. Well, most days. :).
I then started to think about how I live the rest of the year. Some days an outsider might not think I was so filled with gratitude. I looked up several passages on thanks yesterday and one stood out because it warned about unthankfulness.
Romans 1:21 "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."
Ouch! This speaks to the believer. It speaks to me. What about all the rest of time when the spirit of Thanksgiving is not wafting throughout the air, facebook, the twitterverse? What about then? What about when my days are lousy, when the unexpected throws my plans all awry? How then do I glorify God and thank Him. Oh so many times I struggle with being thankful for the blessing, instead of focusing on the Blessor. And He is so worthy of all our praise and thanks.
My precious father-in-love has been in the hospital for two months and five days. He came to see our sweet Caroline the day she was born, became ill at the hospital and has not gone home yet. Nor has he seen his sweet great-granddaughter yet. He is very ill. Yet, his spirits are always good. He is the toughest person I know. He keeps the doctors baffled daily on how he is still breathing after every hurdle he has been through. But he is. And he has not stopped thanking God or giving Him glory one time. Or sharing Him with those he comes in contact with. My sweet mother-in-love travels back and forth several times a day to see him (he has been in ICU a great deal of the time). It has been so hard on her, yet she doesn't complain. Nor does she fail to give thanks to God and says repeatedly it is all in His hands and we trust that even though we don't understand it now. What a beautiful blessing they are to all of us. Their strength, their devotion to each other, to our family is one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. At a time when it would be easy to be frustrated or their thinking become futile, they choose to thank God. They thank the Blessor for Who He is not what it seems He is doing. What a legacy.
I am sure the reason for that is the same reason we should all give thanks today. 1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Because of the indescribable gift given us at Calvary, we can persevere through this tough old world with Hope, with Thanks giving because in the end, we win. So today I will be thankful for all the family, friends, etc... but I am asking God to show me how to be thankful in the hard stuff. Where is He in all of that, because you can know He is. Help me to see beauty in the ashes.
We will feast in a big way today. We will load up and take a sampling of all we have to my sweet father-in-love. And we will be thankful. Thankful for a God Who gives us each other and Who loves us.
Does anyone other than me find
it interesting that the Presidential election falls in the month that we are to
celebrate and give thanks? I do. But I seem to find irony in most things. Must
be the literature teacher in me……. “Students, always look for the irony.”
The responses and reactions of so many people to the
election have been anything but thankful. I too, have fallen into that
category. But I have been doing a lot of thinking over the last couple of days.
What if the election had gone a different way? Would I be more thankful? Would
I be happier? More content? More comforted? Sadly, I probably would. Why do I
say sadly? (I am asking a lot of questions in this post J ) Because if that were
true then I would be putting my hope, my confidence, my happiness in things of
this world. As a Christian that is not how I am called to live. I am called to
believe that He who knew what would take place on November 6, 2012 knew it before He laid the foundations
of the world. He also knows what will happen down the road. Dare I say, it………
He allowed it. Daniel states, “He
changes time and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to
the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”
It is a different day that we live in compared to when our
parents and grandparents were growing up. Morals are changing, diminishing
practically.Sometimes it seems like it
just would have been better to have lived in a different time. But, now is the
time ordained for me, for us who are here. I teach a Bible as literature class
at my high school (public school, thank you very much. God is allowing His word
to be read in public school!) and we just got through bringing the Israelites
out of the wilderness into the Promised Land.I can’t help but see the ironic parallel to our own situation.God’s chosen people were being brought from
slavery to march into The Promised Land. With a guarantee from the Man Himself
it would happen victoriously. Over and Over He guaranteed it. Actually He
promised it. Actually even better, He swore it. By Himself! Blows my mind. We
swear on the Bible, swear to God, swear on someone’s grave, blah, blah, blah.
He swears by Himself. Ought to be enough. Yet, it isn’t, just like it wasn’t
for the Israelites – the chosen people. We too are the chosen ones, bought at a
price, paid in Blood by His Perfect and Holy Son. We are guaranteed through
that payment, victory to our Promised Land – eternity with Him. Yet, just like
those who had received His covenant, witnessed unspeakable miracles, deliverance
from bondage, we also “murmur in the desert”. We keep our eyes on our
circumstances that seem so dire and overwhelming and unconquerable. When all He
asks us to do is look to Him and trust He means what He says. We spend so much
time debating the truth from our politicians and who tells the truth more, who
will stand by their word more. Well, I for one want to start living as though
my trust is in the One who stands by His Word because HE IS THE WORD!!!!!!! I
say it and I mean it, but I want to live it. Live every day as though this
world does not make or break me.
God’s Word is very clear the end times will not be pleasant.
It will not be an easy time for Christians. We will suffer persecution, we will
suffer trials. How are we to respond to that? James 1:2 “Count it pure
joy, my brothers when you suffer trials of many kinds”
But why????? Because when we persevere under trial we “receive
the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” There
He goes making more promises.
I think it is high time I start trusting the One who can
deliver on His promises. It won’t be a politician with big promises who will
save this country. God was, is and will be in control. “Yes, I am coming
soon. Amen. Come Lord Jesus.”
First, I am a sinner saved by grace, I am a wife, a mother of four, mother-in-love of two, and grandmother of two precious boys, two precious girls and another grandgirl on the way!!. I have a husband I adore and am so blessed by the Lord with the family he brought to me that it is just overwhelming. I am a woman after God's heart and desire more than anything to live out the plan and purpose He has for me. I am crazy about being with my family, we have such a great time together and I just thank the Lord for them daily. I am a high school English teacher and love my job tremendously. So many great kids have walked through my classroom doors and have left an imprint on my life. I love to laugh and cherish every minute of every day.