Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving - A Lifestyle

Well, the turkey has been carved and eaten and we are stuffed!!  Cranberry sauce, turnip, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie - no doubt, we over-ate!!  A local radio show announced last week that the average person eats about 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day!

Are you moving a little slower today?  Looking forward to leftovers?  All "thanked" out?  I hope not.

Thanksgiving needs to be a lifestyle, not just a day to celebrate.

Let's not forget as the world does, that EVERYTHING we have comes from Him.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
James 1:17
And we need be always thankful, always mindful of the One who showers us with all blessings.
As we throw out the turkey carcass or use it for soup, let's not stop in counting our blessings.  Let's continue to recognize all that we can be thankful for.
It seems almost sacriligious in a way - one day we are giving thanks and feeling appreciative and the next day - Black Friday - we are shoving our neighbor aside so we can get to the bargain before he does!

Today, instead of fighting the crowds (which I do NOT do, no matter what the bargain!), I am reflecting on family and how much I appreciate mine.  We enjoyed such a good day together yesterday - at Zumba (early morning class with 1 daughter and 2 granddaughters), brunch, making gingerbread houses, visiting my Dad, sharing the BIG meal and then watching Christmas movies!  We laughed until we hurt and ate until we couldn't move!!

It reminds me that the most important things in life are not things, but people.  And they can't be bought, no matter how much money you have and there's no sale or bargain to be found that is sweeter than a special relationship.
My two oldest granddaughters (Charlotte and Maggie) and I spent today making chocolates for Christmas gifts and I wouldn't trade the time I spent with them to save $1000.00!
Now the Thanksgiving meal is just a memory, the mess needs to be cleaned up, and it's time to move on to the next holiday. 
But I will continue to give thanks - for the greatest treasures the Lord gives - my family!! 

Join me in making thanksgiving a lifestyle!!

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