Sunday, November 19, 2006

Thanksgiving Plans: A Two Peas Challenge

Not sure exact plans for Thanksgiving just yet. Just know we're having a big Thanksgiving early dinner and going to visit my grandmother (in a nursing home now) and my dh's grandparents and aunt. We always get our decorations out the day after Thanksgiving and in the last couple years, spend a couple hours sitting outside Best Buy for some good deals! (Last year, we camped out ALL NIGHT...Got there about 8:30 P.M. Thanksgiving night and got the 2nd laptop in the store:) It'll be a little different this year but I'm going to be thankful for all we have. I found a couple good articles in my church bulletin today from Better Families, a publication for churches. Also, a couple things from the Pastor. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did:) Also hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Thanksgiving Blessings
-A 4 year old was asked to give the blessing before Thanksgiving dinner. As family members bowed their heads in expectation, the child began. First, the youngster thanked God for each friend and family member, naming them one by one. Next, the tyke began to give thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip. Then, the child paused. Everyone waited--and waited. After a long silence, the youngster looked up."If I thank God for the broccoli, Mom", the child asked, "won't God know that I'm lying?"
-Good Clean Fun

Simple Gratitude
-The underlying reason for ungratefulness remains unbelief. What we actually mean when we complain about our circumstances is: I don't really believe God can figure out what's best for me. Often this root of unbelief lies so deeply buried that we can't grasp what makes our daily existence miserable. But the obvious fruits of ungratefulness are worry, anger, self-pity, and a judgmental, complaining spirit. On the other hand, a grateful heart generates inner peace, faith, contentment, and a positive attitude. God asks us to give thanks in advance--before we see or know the consequences. Make a deliberate choice to give thanks, transfer your focus from circumstances to God, and look on the bright side. The choice to be grateful instead of bitter is a choice that anyone can make.
-Madalene Harris, Today's Christian Woman

It's A Fact
-The fleshy growth from the base of the beak, which is very long on male turkeys and hangs down over the beak, is called the snood.
-The Apache Indians considered the turkey timid and wouldn't eat it or use it's feathers on their arrows.
-Turkey Trivia: Fun Facts About American's Favorite Bird

Move It
-Continual involvement with life is a major requirement for successful aging. Getting older is like water skiing: When you slow down, you go down. So...Keep on going!
-George Sweeting, The Joy of Successful Aging

A Grand Moment
-A grandparent will help you with your buttons, your zippers, and your shoelaces and not be in any hurry for you to grow up.
-Erma Bombeck

Call to Action
-An ambassador of the United States was reassigned to Paris, France. In preparation, he learned French and diligently studied about the country. As he was leaving, a friend asked, "Ambassador, how is your French?" He replied, "Oh, my French is excellent--all except my verbs." Sounds like many Christians--our nouns are great: Father, Lord, Brother, Friend; our adjectives are excellent: blessed, wonderful, holy; but our verbs: give, invite, serve, listen, love--they could use a little work.
-Skip Heitzig, Relationships

-"Thanksgiving should always be Thanks-living"
-Pastor Tommy Davidson

-"Enter into his gates with Thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

1 comment:

Jane said...

Great post, especially love the Simple Gratitude quote. Love your banner by the way!!!