This Thanksgiving was quite different. No more family get togethers with Aunts and Uncles. Just our children! It is heart breaking to realize the extended family will not know what it is to have meals with Aunts and Uncles who celebrate thankfulness of coming together to appreciate one another. Our youngest gets very upset when she asks who’s coming for Thanksgiving.
I have raised my children with the emphasis on family gatherings. Although our table has not seen my siblings rarely at the table for Holidays. We would see my husbands parents and his sister and children. Our grandson from Omaha was missed this year.
Traditions are so important. This year I served my staff at work lunch. My daughters and husband were part of this by cutting the roasted turkey up and bringing it to work for me. I made cranberry sauce. We did not celebrate yesterday our Thanksgiving. We had our celebration today. As I was leaving my husband this morning, was putting our turkey in the oven and when I came home I found my daughter Haylie has made the pies, had completed all the sides and had dinner on the table by 1 PM. Kelsey our youngest was so excited because they cooked the meal. Hope for passing on the traditions was evident as we welcomed our son-in-law to our table. As we welcomed our little grandson to our table. Those who used to come will be missed. However the love of our family recipes and love for fellowship will just be different. Passing traditions serves more than those at the table, it respects those who have shared the tradition prior to us!
The best of life is shared around the dinner table
I love setting the table for our family dinners.
Oh the hurt our Country is going thru. We are mourning terror here on our soil. Las Vegas left our Country in shock! This week Cary Underwood had a tough time getting thru the tribute that she sang at the CMA Awards.
The impact ONE person has is huge. We are Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, and friends, We are co workers, acquaintances and people from all walks of life, cultures and beliefs.
Mental Health needs have been reduced in this Country. Organization are not allowed to share about a persons medical records under HIPA. The Armed Services are not disclosing either. Our local law enforcement are forced to send to hospitals with small units that work to regulate meds and release.
These folks leave a wake of terror in their midst. The shooter in Texas was methodical as he shot people in the head. He was not stable. Evidence of his behavior shows he was building up to this event.
Days before he had shown up at the Church for the Harvest Festival dressed in all black and staring at everyone. His conduct was concerning and he was observed. He was a delusional man who was ignored based off a long history of mental health behavior.
He went to the church thinking his Mother In Law was going to be there. She was not! However, his estranged wifes grandmother was! She was on of the 26 victims.
Sutherland Springs, Texas is a small rural community who took this man in and tried to show him kindness, courtesy, compassion and love. I read that the Church is being demolished. A monument will be built in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
He heals the brokenhearted and bounds their wounds PSALM 141:3
A women prays for the 26 lost victims.
Sometimes we need to realize that we are working thru it! It can be working thru not understanding our childrens choices, It can be our life priorities. We all working thru something. This year has been a year of working thru things.
Our year started with the news of a grandson. At 51 I was not really pleased that my daughter decided that she and her then boyfreind was going to be parents! My life plan for her had her finishing her degree in Nursing. Well I had to work thru this to realize that it is her road! Tough conversation with God! No anger just concerns! God said let it go Mindy! So with love I wrote my daughter a special letter. I worked thru it!
April came and I my contract was over and I had to accept this. No wage coming I had to rely on God to open doors. I to trust in God! I was working thru this. God did not foresake me. He opened me up to new oporunities. I worked thru this with his love and acceptance.
May came and our daughter announced she was getting married tommorow- It was not what I saw coming. I was thinking our daughter would have waited, graduated college, fallen in love and then we would be planning this huge beautiful event. I had to work thru this to stand with her in a court house as she gave her hand in marriage.
We started our Granola company and this was challenging but with God’s help we got things going. However it is still slowly progressing We are working thru this-
Cancer again we are dealing with the unknowns of my best friends, my husband’s diagnosis. He has surgery again. We are working thru this. Life is full of things we must work thru- Best part of working thru things is God’s presence to not foresake us in our time of need.
No matter what Gods grace has been here thru everything! 2 corinthians 12:9 says “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. I am weak but my God is strong. Gods GRACE is how I am working thru what ever comes our way.
I am not afraid, I know that we will be working thru this with God always! “You keep all your promises. You are the Creator of Heaven’s glory. Earth grandaur, and ocean’s greatness PSALM 146:6
What ever life throws at me, I am working thru it with thanks and faith- Would love to here what you are working thru!
Psalms 59:17 say “You are my strength, I sing praise to you. God you are my fortress my God on whom I can rely.
Passing storms in our busy lives. We go thru so much and we get thru so much! Question is do you think it is you who gets to go thru it? I need to be reminded of the answer to these trials and seasons we are in. One day with a blink and the sound of a trumpet all ears will here and all knees will bend! Yes I am speaking about Jesus’s return. What a glorious time for those who have decided.
So the act of balance today is a message of love of others around you, learning to not scream when I am truly hurt and to leave others with kind words of encouragement. What I do need is to not allow for my heart to be filled with satins games. I call on my Lord Jesus to rebuke the evil around me and all that I love. AMEN
I know that my God is an awesome God and is not fair weathered, does not forsake me and that will be here with us thru every trial. We are never alone.
My heart has to be focused on God first, family and then job! When any of this is not aligned, you will be out of balance. Sometimes it takes getting sick, or learning to say no to slow down to get back into balance. Start the day with God and end the day with God. Talk to God! I want to communicate with God all day long. When he is first all the other things come into alignment.
This past week we encountered some financial issues that made me look at some ways we were doing things. It was out of this that I found some errors that will save us 600.00 dollars, I then looked at another service we were paying for and found 70.00 dollars more! I cut another service entirely that will save us 280.00 dollars a month. No I want you to know that I did not find these errors! God said no to the 280.00 dollar bill and I agreed. God said look at these accounts! I did!
What God gives we are to be good stewards. I have not been a good steward of what he has provided. I am working on this and I feel the Lords encouragement.
I am thankful that when I am having a bad day, God is here for me to seek!
Psalms 59:17 say “You are my strength, I sing praise to you. God you are my fortress my God on whom I can rely.
Do you ever think that you are a demanding person? No one wants to accept that they are demanding? We might say that we are just particular. You might be called high maintenance! In reality this all comes down to being about ” SELF” I know this is a tough subject. However we all at times are demanding and selfish.
We use excuses about why we are the way we are. The Bible says we are to be kind. In Psalm 107: 8-9 states “so lift your hands and thank God for his marvelous kindness and for all the miracles of mercy for those he loves. How he satisfies the souls of thirsty ones and fills the hungry with all that is good!” Ownership is never fun when it is a flaw. To be more we must do more than make excuses.
What can you do to be more like Jesus! How can we not be demanding or self centered! How can we approach life differently that shows others an approach of honor while building up not tearing down. Take time to ask questions instead of demand.
God knows your needs, seek him in all matters- Noah was told to build an Ark. His neighbor’s surely thought he was crazy! yet for 120 years he waited on God. Noah waited on God. He did not demand God to send the rain he waited knowing to trust in the Lord. James 4:10 reminds “Be willing to be made low before the Lord and he will exalt you!”
New season’s of change. The weather going from hot too cold. the tree’s leaves gone from the trees. Cool mornings and we begin a new month of November. Time goes so fast. Today our grandson is 3 months old. How change is so subtle. It was yesterday I was brand new Mom. I remember taking pictures of this little girl and being in awe of how pretty she was. Now this little girl is now a mom starting her life as a wife and mother. Yet it seems like yesterday.
Some people think they have time. They will get around to making decisions. They can just enjoy the season without planning. When I was 18 years old. I was volunteering at Awana with my sister-in-law Lorie. I was so excited to talk to little kids about Jesus and what we were teaching. Out of conversation I realized I had not asked Jesus to be my savior. In a blue Chevette I remember praying for Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into me life! remember how I felt the Holy Spirit come into my heart. I cried. At 18 I had no idea what I actually had really done. I am now in 50’s and I learn more about my Jesus.
What a glorious day it is to enjoy all the beauty of the seasons. As I look around I am reminded that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son. So that no one should perish and have ever lasting life John 3;16 I feel that this is what captured my heart to want a relationship with Jesus. What an awesome love that is that he would want to save the entire world! Not a state, Not a city, Not a country but all of us!
Love always leaves a mark! If you have ever loved, you know what I am talking about. We need to remember that each passing Season belongs to us. But if we believe in the great love that God sent into the world named Jesus. We need to be excited about each day that is given to share with others that this is the day to make the decision.
That simple prayer I made at 18 has given me amazing grace and love has truly left its mark on me. I hope that I never forget the importance to be glad in this day! Rejoice and share the great news of salvation.
What’s in it for me? It is a question that comes up in life. I was thinking of what Jesus did not ask! He did not say “what’s in it for me!'” He said what can I do for you! He came for you and me. From the beginning God was preparing the world for Jesus.
In today’s society I see the “ME” mentality everywhere from how we are advertised too, to the music we here on the radio and how Hollywood promotes the “Me” mentality.
What’s in it for me to hurt others, tear my loved ones down, being rude toward the person serving me in a restaurant or to the cashier who waits on me? To speak poorly of one another because instead of respecting differences we judge. Out of emotional and at times, irrational thinking. What’s in it for me, is right out of the “I want it all attitude”.
Me people see themselves before they see others. The focus is all about them…Emotional gratification is promoted as you have arrived! Arrived at broken lives, broken dreams, broken careers and broken people who are subject of the me person.
What could it be if we could all say, What can I do for you? Not worrying about what’s in it for me! What is important is when we reach out to serve one another.
In Philippians Paul reminds us that we should the following. Do things for the right reasons. Regard others as more important than yourself, to look out for the interest of others. Jesus was a great example of putting others first. Being selfless to serve one others.
I am challenged to be less me at times as we all are. Choices we make everyday mean that we can be “What its in it for me in serving others today! Be selfless and courageous.
What’s in it for me? Simply peace and joy of being authentic in service to others.