Giving Thanks

ThanksgivingWe each have our favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Each tradition brings families closer as we gather to be thankful for what God has blessed us with during the year.

Like many other Americans the third Thursday in November we give thanks for our blessings throughout the year.  Thanksgiving is a beautiful part of our American heritage in thanking God for a bountiful harvest. 

When I was growing up we did not have much.  My dad’s favorite quote was “why is there so much month left at the end of the money” he even had it on a plate that always hung in our home. There were times that we had breakfast for supper (which I still enjoy today!), and a German meal called Eintopf (one pot) basically a meat broth base that has whatever is in your kitchen thrown in – still a favorite. 

But Thanksgiving, we would always have turkey; during our lean times and during our times of plenty.  And trust me every part of that turkey was used for meals for over a week. We would have a table filled to the brim of all the holiday fixings. I can still hear my mother saying how she never understood the holiday and why we only have turkey once a year and why do we need to eat it to be thankful.  Never one to really like turkey she once told me every year she always tried to get my dad to get a ham. Yet when dad passed away we still had turkey. Traditions gotta love them!

We may have struggled all year but there were many blessings to be thankful for.  The year my mother had her first heart attacked, thankful she survived.  Then there was the year my father passed away and my brother killed in an accident, when it was hard to find thanks – we found God’s blessings.  My faith still growing and being attacked by other events, I could not understand how a loving God could take half of my family away.  But blessings were found in His presence and in the love between a mother and a sister.  I would have to say that was the first time I saw God. He was in each face of the people who gave us comfort, support and food. I would see God’s face many times in my life; in the doctors and nurses who cared for me when I was battling breast cancer and in the pouring of love from close friends and strangers when my husband passed away. And every day in-between in the different way God reveals Himself to all of us, I see Him.

There are many joys to be thankful for; parents who cared for us the best way they could, finding a godly man to share my life with and my children are just a few.  I am thankful for our Heavenly Father who sees to our needs and provided a way for all of us to be in a restored relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus. 

We can have thankful hearts toward God even when we do not feel thankful for our circumstances. We can grieve and still be thankful. We can hurt and still be thankful. We can be angry at sin and death, still being thankful toward God. Scripture calls it a “sacrifice of praise” – “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name”. Hebrews 13:15.

Giving thanks to God keeps our hearts in a right relationship with Him and saves us from a host of harmful emotions and attitudes that will rob us of the peace God wants us to experience.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6–7

This Thanksgiving when you gather with friends and family offer your sacrifice of praise to our Lord.  Then the day after Thanksgiving make it a daily practice. Lift praises to God during the times of blessings and the times of trial.  And watch God at work in your life. 

Greet each day with thanksgiving remembering what Jesus did for you.   

 

 

 

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2012 Awards

The past few weeks I have been blessed with some more awards for my writing.  First I want to apologize to the writers who nominated for these awards.  Between being sick and preparing for Christmas and then my time of rest I have fallen behind in my job, housework, craft projects and my writing.  So I am getting myself caught up and boy does it feel good to have my pile on my desk (both at home and work) go down, the only thing left to do is to have a clean house, but I don’t see that happening any time soon ~ as my daughter says, “housework is overrated”!

Secondly ~ instead of passing on the awards to just a few I would, again,  like to extend a thank you to all of my readers.  Each you have inspired me to go beyond my comfort zone and to experience my dream of writing.  I also want to give you a heartfelt thank you for reading my blog and giving me positive feedback.  I have always enjoyed writing but knowing that my words can encourage and uplift others confirm that this is where God has me planted me, for now.  God guides my thoughts and my fingers and I am so humbled to be His servant.

Each of you deserves these awards, so please accept them and claim them.  And I hope you visit the blogs I follow and recommend some new ones to me.  My prayer is for each of you to be touched in some way by those that have enhanced my life.

The Awards:

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Thank you Cathy from Comments from Cathy for this award that says it all!  Cathy is a very talented writer who writes about her life; family. friends and faith. She is an inspiration to all who know her and read her articles.She has as her intro “Sipping tea and being cozy…learning from the past…looking toward the future…learning to be still in everyday life”. So as you sip your tea I encourage you to visit her and be encouraged.

 

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Cathy  also graciously nominated me for the Food For Thought Award.    This award was created to combine “The Super Sweet Blogger Award with The Thought Provoking Blog Award.  When a Christian blog offers visitors wisdom from the Word of God, isn’t that blog providing its visitors food for thought? Ta da Thus was born a new award.”

Some of the rules are to  post the award on your blog; Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog; Share seven of your favorite Bible passages. You get extra credit if you explain why the verses are a favorite!

I can’t wait to read everyone’s favorite verses.  I will share my bible verses in a separate article.

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Thank you Terri from Terri1954 her blog is “inspirational stories that touch your heart and soul” and that does sum up her blog.  She has a heart the size of Texas and it comes out in her writing. And she is a very special friend.

She also has a background on her page that states, “Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow” she fills our lives with that hope that is found in Jesus.

I would also like to thank Pam from So, Hear Me for nominating me for the Lovely Blog Award.  She started writing in November of 2012 and already is teaching us some interesting background historical facts.  If you like history than I can recommend her page.  I cannot wait to read more of her history behind the history!

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And a big thank you goes to one of my new blogging friends, Created ~ Create.it for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  She writes that she is “An avid reader and travel enthusiast with a servant heart, an ardent lover of nature and all things good and beautiful in life!” I have started to follow her blog and look forward to read about her  “adventures and misadventures”  She was in Switzerland and I am sure will be writing about her adventures (hopefully no misadventures) there along with some pictures I hope!

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And for my next 4 stars for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award, I want to thank 4 very lovely people:

Future.Flying.Saucers – she welcomes us to her world “where kids want to be flying saucers, school takes place all over the house, and God reigns. So pull up a chair, take your shoes off and stay for a few minutes.” so stop by and take off your shoes and stay – you won’t be disappointed, she offers valuable insight to our spiritual journey with God.

Can’t Stay Out Of The Kitchen – I started following Theresa because I love to cook.  But little did I know that I not only have found some delicious recipes but another sister in Christ.

JanBeek – Jan shines with the love of God and she expresses it in her writing.  She enjoys to “tell the old, old story of Jesus and His Love”!

Sheri de Grom – Sheri and I share a bond with our love of books and our background with the military.    It has been a joy in getting to know her. She writes about issues dealing with the military and with the retired military.  She also reviews books and thanks to Sheri my to read list is getting bigger and bigger!!   She has  good intuition in the literary world. 

I am privileged to know all of these special people and all of you who daily touch my life in a special way.  Thank you for making this a wonderful experience.