As Thanksgiving winds down I thought this was a great reminder to take with us into the next season as we are continuously looking ahead to what is next…next to do, next to buy, next to find, nextto achieve contentment. In the process we are missing the now and all of the gifts held within it.
Forgive me Lord for my waiting room addiction…addicted to always thinking I am waiting. Counting down the days until I enter real life, when real life is happening right now and You are the one waiting for me to give you thanks for the miracle of now. Wake me up from my waiting room addiction.
As we kick off advent today please try and enjoy every second of the upcoming Christmas season.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. There are turkeys to be thawed, potatoes to be peeled, tables to be set, parades to be watched, and blessings to be counted. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way though…
Come gather around at the table In the spirit of family and friends And we’ll all join hands And remember the moment ‘Til the season comes round again*
Last year, my sweet niece Hannah was born the week after Thanksgiving. All of 26 weeks into the pregnancy she was 12 in long and 2lbs 6 oz of fighting spirit. Our little Tiger. She is living, breathing proof of God’s answered prayer and miracles as we prepare to celebrate her 1st birthday. But last year at this time? We couldn’t know all that would happen, the heartache that was to be endured. (See We Interrupt This Christmas… for the first Hannah story.)
Let’s all try to smile for the picture And we’ll hold it as long as we can May it carry us through Should we ever get lonely Til the season comes round again*
Five years ago my grandfather, my pap, passed away the week before Thanksgiving. This man…I really have no words…it still hurts and I still miss him dearly, but I will try to do him justice in the coming days as I introduce you to him because I can promise you there is no one else on Earth that embodies what he was to so many. His legacy I can only hope to carry on.
One night, holy and bright Shining with love from our hearts By a warm fire, let’s lift our heads high And be thankful we’re here Til this time next year*
Three years ago this week the barrage of testing began to determine why my heart was suddenly, literally, broken. In a span of a 24 hr holter test I had over 3000 irregular beats and it felt as if my heart was doing somersaults in my chest. Tests and questions and tests and questions all to finally receive the news that my body is at war with itself, attacking the main arteries off my aorta.
May the new year be blessed with good tidings Til the next time I see you again And we’ll all join hands And remember this moment And we’ll love and we’ll laugh In the time that we have ‘Til the season comes round again* (*Til The Season Comes Round Again, Vince Gill)
Thanksgiving…a time to be thankful and count our blessings. What do you do when the blessings feel thin and the hurt runs deep? I Choose Thankful. It’s a choice and I hope that over the next two weeks you will follow along with me, especially if you are struggling with Thankful. I hope that through the stories I share you will be encouraged and uplifted. May we laugh together and cry together as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Happy Thanksgiving…We are so blessed, even on our bad days. Josh Groban’s song always brings me to thankful tears and I wanted to share it with you. Sometimes we get caught up in our own messes that we lose sight of our blessings and what is truly important.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)
Some days we forget to look around us
Some days we can’t see the joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.
-Josh Groban, Thankful
I pray that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving…
Today I have but one question. It is simple but thought provoking. Take some time to be still and answer it.
What if today you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
Cease Striving…Be still…Know God (Ps 46:10) Sounds peaceful, right? Peace-filled is more accurate. "Still" has little to do with activity and everything to do with state of mind. Welcome to my crazy life!