Happy Thanksgiving!

HappyThanksgiving

I pray today is filled with many blessings. I challenge you to count your blessings, not just for the good things but also the bad things. Below is my prayer for you.

 

Dear Lord and Heavenly Father,

We praise Your precious name for who You are. Our minds are incapable of fully understanding Your ways or even Your love. You are Creator, Savior, I AM. You have always been, are right now, and will always be. Thank you.

Forgive us our shortcomings, moments of tempers and complaining, and even the bitterness that sometimes tries to work its way into our day and hearts. Help us to turn our eyes to You and see our family, our cooking, our cleaning, and the service of today through Your eyes.

Thank you for Your Spirit that resides within us, for the sacrifice of Jesus so that we might have Your Spirit and a relationship with You. Thank You, Jesus for Your obedience to death, for Your power to conquer death and bring us back into a personal relationship through Your blood.

Bless my readers today with a spirit of joy and gratitude. Open their eyes to even the smallest blessing, even if it may be in the midst of grief. May those who are alone this holiday be brought into the folds of Your love through the heart and kind gesture of one of Your servants.  Help our focus to be outward and now inward.

It is Your Holy and precious name we pray.

Amen.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

 

InEverythingGiveThanks

Writing Wednesday: Thanksgiving Traditions

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I’m popping my head up for a few minutes from NaNoWriMo to spend a few minutes in mental preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

 

It is easy to get frustrated with the busyness and complications that arise when the holidays arrive, especially when the get in the way of our own goals. So in an attempt to prevent a disgruntled attitude tomorrow, I am choosing an “Attitude of Gratitude and Servitude.”

 

What does that mean? That means I am counting my blessings and purposefully looking for ways to serve others. The holidays are ripe with opportunities to serve, and tomorrow our family will participate in an annual tradition that bonds us together in ways no other tradition does.

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While the Macy’s Day Parade flickers in and out of static and Santa makes his progress down the streets of New York, ready to announce the holiday season, we are cooking and serving a piping hot Thanksgiving meal to the workers of our local racetrack. My eleven-year-old and I will serve drinks and clear trays. My mother-in-law and seven-year-old will serve desserts, and my husband will serve the meal from the serving line. As the dog show comes on, we will be cleaning up and getting ready to head home to cook our own meal for friends and extended family.

 

As we drive home, we will have our annual discussion of what we are thankful for. This year I am going to specifically be thankful for being able to serve others as a family. It is a special experience that I hope you will get to enjoy.

 

Today I wish to leave you with a blessing and a prayer:

“[May] The Lord bless you and keep you;
[may] the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
[may] the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

 

What Thanksgiving traditions do you have? What are you thankful for this year? Comment below.

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