I saw that on a church sign today: "Thanksgiving is not a day; it's a lifestyle."
How true, I thought. But then, Is that my lifestyle? Do I live a life of thanksgiving?
If I have to be honest, I know the answer is generally "no." I'm a selfish, whiny, lazy person, and recently I've realized even more that I take some of the most wonderful blessings for granted: my serving husband, my loving child, my accepting family, my warm house, my loyal friends, my cuddly kitty, my nutritious food. How often do I thank God for these things? I more often find myself wishing something about one of them were different. How often do I thank my family and friends for loving me? I more often remind them of their faults. How often to I show gratitude to my husband for providing a place to live and good food to eat? I more often look at other houses online or ask to go out to eat.
I want to change that. I want to live a live of gratitude and joy and contentment--I want to be those things for my children's sake, for my husband's. Change my heart, Lord--make it more like Thine.
I hope all of you had a fabulous holiday; I know we did. We spent the week at my childhood home with my family, and it was a wonderful balance of time in the house and out of it, cooking and eating, resting and activity, family and friends. We had a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner, which was really quite delicious. Mom and Trevvor both got pretty creative to make some fun gluten-free pumpkin treats for us throughout the week. Being there with them all week made me realize how valuable it is to be near family, especially with a little one. Praise God for placing me in a family that loves each other and sticks together and wants to be around one another even when we don't have to be!