Reflecting on the day that I am to be full of Thanksgiving:
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18
And I think I may have mixed my emotions slightly throughout the day. After having a really.really rough last couple weeks. My mother in her sweet efforts said to everyone that although I host the Holiday, she it would be nice of them all to prepare the meal, and clean the mess. Sounds dreamy right? Read on…..
We planned for a later gathering in an effort to accommodate everyone else’s family gatherings.
I awoke at my leisure. (actually was awaken by the 18yr old checking to see if I was alive)
We drove to some family that we hadn’t seen in some time, and visited over some coffee and donuts, pit stop on the way home to see grandma.
I got home, didn’t have to cook a thing…..but that just wouldn’t be right, so I made a couple pies. Ok, Sara Lee helped, but they were baked….good as home made…right?
Then I whipped up some Challah bread. I love bake, so this was really no chore for me. It was my first time making Challah, and I think I just may have a new love.
Before long the family started to trickle in….
The Ham arrived….
The green bean casserole…
The mashed potatoes
Shortly there after….
The Turkey arrived
The Texas sheet cake
And whatever else I forgot. (because, I’m tellin’ ya….there was A LOT)
We ate, and ate, and ate…..until we couldn’t stand to eat anymore (because that’s what you do…right?)
And then…..everyone began to leave…..without their mess.
I wanted to grumble, and complain, and be angry that I was left with a mess of sorts from the holiday dinner….
But I didn’t.
I made a choice.
A choice to be Thankful.
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry Ironside
Thankful to have been able to go about my day leisurely.
Thankful to have been able to host at our home, in our environment.
Thankful to share a day with parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and children
Thankful for the sound of running and laughter from children throughout my home.
Thankful to not have had to cook all of the above.
And even Thankful that 1/3 of the dinner was prepared in disposable aluminum 😉
So I cleaned……
And then I rested…..
And reflected for just a moment on all that I am Thankful for…
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
~ Hebrews 12:28-29
What have you been Thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday?
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