This Thanksgiving will be the first holiday I spend away from the hustle and bustle of my extended family. Life happens, retail is demanding and lets face it, IH 35 is a road created by the devil himself. While I won’t be traveling to my family this year, I can say that my childhood is jam packed with memories of Thanksgiving. My grandmother waking up early to serve me Post Toasties, the smell of tamales being warmed on the stove, dry turkey (I thought it was a compliment), cranberries, cheesecake, lemon meringue pie and crispy warm and serve Hawaiian rolls. My father's family knew how to celebrate!
“And with the money get whatever you have a desire for, oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your soul's desire may be: and make a feast there before the Lord your God, and be glad, you and all your house.” Deuteronomy 14:46 (Bible in Basic English)
Those memories warm my heart and remind me of just how much I have to be thankful for. It’s easy to be thankful for material things, or angry because you lack them; but I challenge you this week to look deeper. Think about your character, who are you when no one is looking? Who molded you into the woman you are today? When was the last time you said thank you?
This week as you download new books, get your playlists ready and charge both work and personal cell phones for your trip remember the most important part about Thanksgiving – giving thanks.
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.” Psalm 92:1 (New Living Translation)