A thankful heart

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Hello Friends!

Is everyone (in the US) ready for Thanksgiving? As far as the food goes, I’m ready. All ingredients have been bought. Turkey is thawing in the fridge. Pies are waiting to be made. As far as the food goes, I’m looking forward to it.

But I am going to admit to you all that I have had a terrible attitude about Thanksgiving lately. Really awful, as in “can’t we just skip it and go eat Chinese food instead?” And the reason is, I won’t be with any of my family for Thanksgiving, only my husband’s parents and one of his sisters will be joining us. They are lovely people, but not what you would call “fun”. Getting together with them is more of an obligatory thing, and requires a deliberate amount of patience. However, in an attempt to adjust my less-than-stellar attitude, I’ve been thinking about what Thanksgiving is really about. I looked up the definition and I like this one best: a celebration in acknowledgment of divine favours (emphasis mine). So instead of begrudgingly cooking and cleaning in preparation for a holiday spent with the in-laws, I have decided instead to use this holiday as a way to acknowledge all the wonderful blessings I have been given. This Thanksgiving feast will be prepared and presented as a celebration in thanks to God for blessing me so abundantly.

Some of the blessings I am thankful for are :

  • Neither my husband nor myself have ever had the heartache associate with losing a parent
  • We are doing all right financially in a time when so many are struggling.
  • I have really good kids. I mean seriously, they are great.
  • We are a healthy bunch.
  • I have a job that is stable and offers us access to good medical care.
  • I have a marriage that is still intact, even when marriages around us are falling apart.
  • I am extremely thankful for the 4 loyal friends I have (even though I’ve never even met one of them).

Those are just the things off the top of my head that I am thankful for, if I had lots of time to list them all it would be an extremely long list.  🙂

So as I am washing my fancy dishes, and spreading my fancy tablecloth, and placing each dish on the table, I hope it will be an acceptable offering and that God sees how sincerely grateful I am for my blessed life.

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9 thoughts on “A thankful heart

  1. I’m glad you turned it around and are having Thanksgiving. I share your feelings, because I’m spending Christmas with my husband’s family. Good people, but not .. my crowd. I know I will have to bite my tongue more than once, and it’s just not tempting. But they’re family, and that’s that.

  2. jen b

    What a beautiful post. Thank you for bringing the focus back to where it should be. I’ve been focusing too much on all the work I have to do, and now my attitude is much better, thanks to your post!

  3. Juice

    Great post. Making everything an offering unto the Lord will certainly help you get through a difficult day. Every time you bite your tongue: an offering! Every time you gladly wipe up a spill: an offering. Every time you reaffirm to your husband that you love him deeply (even though his “package deal” includes these people): an offering. I’m sure your offering will be a beautiful aroma to Him. Love your attitude!

  4. Teri

    This couldn’t be more timely – I am in the same situation as you this year, cooking for in-laws that I tolerate – at best. Wish I could be with my family. Thanks for the reminder of all to be thankful for.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  5. debby

    Hi Jill. Every time I try to write jilly it changes it to hilly lol. Anyway you will have a great day and you can make the day after your own special day.

  6. I love that definition! I’m going to share that at our dinner table tomorrow.

    The shift in perspective can really help carry me. That’s a good definition for Thanksgiving and everyday of the year. I know I’m going to need reminding though, lol.

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