It’s the day after Thanksgiving…did your “giving thanks” end yesterday? I hope not!
In the world we live in today, the holiday of Thanksgiving gets lost. Lost between the orange and black of Halloween and the red and green of Christmas. Yes people are aware that a holiday exists between those two mega-giants, but how much do they actually celebrate it? By celebrate I mean do more than eat tons of turkey, dressing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the “commerciality” of Thanksgiving doesn’t even come close to the holidays before and after–so do people disregard its significance because the world of retail doesn’t capitalize on it? Hmmm…..
We need to start a revolution, girls. We need to bring back the celebration of Thanksgiving. In our homes, in our workplaces, in our neighborhoods, in our churches, in our lives. We can affect what goes on around us to some extent–why not focus on Thanksgiving before focusing on Christmas? Why not enjoy all that Thanksgiving means–the coming together of two different people groups that learned from each other and enjoyed fellowship. Do your children know what Thanksgiving means? Other than a few days off from school? If not, oh my sister, teach them.
After you’ve gotten your environment more focused on Thanksgiving as a holiday, turn your thoughts to thanksgiving as a lifestyle. We have soooooo much to be thankful for in this life. Of course there are the physical comforts of a warm home, food on the table, clothes on our backs, water to drink. Go beyond that–we have Someone Who loves us regardless of how we may feel. Even on days when you are grumpy and sad and lonely and jealous and… You can fill in that with your own words. God loves us even when we are not very lovable. Isn’t that in and of itself a fantastic reason to be thankful? When I think that I can do nothing to separate myself from the love of God (Romans 8:37-39 NIV), I almost can’t breathe. Doesn’t that make you feel thankful? Take that further–God sent the Only Son He had to earth to die for my sins, for your sins, for the sins of all. Oh my sister! Take a moment and think about that–you have been bought by the price of the blood of the Son of the Most High God. Wow, just typing that made me want to bow my knees in praise! Can you see? Can you feel the passion involved in that sacrifice? God gave His Son for you and I so that we might live a life free from condemnation, shame, bondage. Girls, we should be living each day like it was Thanksgiving!
So this is my challenge for you. Starting today just until Christmas (or further, I pray), I would like you to say a prayer of thanksgiving to God. Thank Him for one thing, a different thing each day, until we reach Christmas Day. It is my prayer that this will become a habit for you–that you will find something each day for which to thank our Heavenly Father. Let’s take Thanksgiving to a whole new level–let’s live it day-to-day with courage, conviction, enthusiasm and enjoyment. May you become a woman living ever thankful to the One Who has given you so much!
And to continue the Thanksgiving in our homes, why not try these two recipes? They are yummy, and will keep the Thanksgiving holiday going (and will give you something different to eat with those leftovers 🙂 ) Blue Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Roll are two great recipes to try this season!
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