Monday, November 23, 2009

Friend Making Monday & Weekly Wisdom - Thankful

I decided to jump on the Friend Making Monday band wagon!  If you are interested in participating or just want to see other answers click here!

1. Turkey or Ham?  Turkey all the way - ham makes me swell up bigger than a goodyear blimp

2. Favorite side dish. Green Bean Casserole

3. Favorite dessert.  Choc Chip Pecan Pie

4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?  nope - going to BG/UT game.  Should be a good time since I am a BGSU alumni and the friend I am going with is a UT alumni :o)

5. If so, what's on the top of your list?  NA

6. Going out of town or staying close to home?  Going to my parents this year - so not far

7. Hosting or helping?  First time in 5 years, I am not hosting, but making my famous pickled eggs (YUCK) and green bean casserole

8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving.  we really don't have any, I have been trying to start one of where we say at least one thing we are thankful for

9. What do you do after dinner?  Visit with family, help clean up

10. What are you most thankful for this year?  being able to celebrate Thanksgiving

Thankfulness depends on what is in your heart, not what is in your hand.

Most people have no trouble finding things to complain about: traffic is slow, gas is too expensive, the weather is bad, prices are too high. Yet in every single situation, that same person also has a lot to be thankful for: he can drive, has a car, has a shelter to be protected from the weather, and has the money to purchase necessary items.

Your circumstances may not be all that great, but wherever you are it is God's will that you give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As a Christian, that is possible because no matter what your circumstances are, you can always thank God for deliverance through Christ (see 2 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 7:24-25).

Indeed, the Israelites knew that thanksgiving was so important that part of the official duty of the tribe of Levi was to thank God: They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord (1 Chronicles 23:30). They had heart of thankfulness and were instructed to be thankful regardless of what happened that day.

The psalmist wrote: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4). Notice that we can't even enter God's gates unless we're thankful.

It certainly is possible to live giving thanks to God the Father for everything (Ephesians 5:20), because thankfulness depends on what is in your heart, not what is in your hand.


I "heart" Rob Thomas - I have ever since Matchbox 20 - and here is one of my favorites of the moments!


Cassie said...

First why do you make pickled eggs if they are YUCK? Second, love your thoughts on Thanksgiving at the end. Am definitely thinking all that over this week.

Rook No. 17 said...

Thanks for your inspiring words of wisdom and the get-to-know-you fun! Mmmm, chocolate chip pecan pie!

Holly said...

Chocolate chip pecan pie...yum!

I love pickled eggs!

I {heart} Rob Thomas too...that voice, that voice...{swoon!}