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Gobble Gobble......Happy Thanksgiving to You!

"Today is not a good day to be a turkey" I laughed out loud when I read that on my friend's Facebook status this weekend. She and her husband own a custom slaughter business. Not really sure why I am starting out with that....it just struck me as so funny.

I am posting today because I know I am going to be getting wrapped up in the busyness that this week brings about and probably won't be on the computer too much. Yes, this week is the onset of the "time-suck" that can happen with the Holiday Season....even though most retailers got that memo prematurely with Christmas decorations being displayed before I my kids had chance to shake their Halloween candy hangovers.

Anyway, for many of us.....this week will be busy. Some families are getting ready to travel as they are spending Thanksgiving with distant relatives. Some need the whole week to get mentally prepared to spend time with said distant relatives.

Some people are scrambling to get their homes cleaned and shopping for the great feast. Some are devoting their time to help the less fortunate such as collecting items for food baskets or preparing for a soup kitchen for those who have no where to go on Thursday. High school kids are getting riled up for the head-to-head rival football games while many shoppers are making their strategy plans for the adventure of Black Friday shopping.......And some have their hands inside a headless turkey pulling out some nasty stuff so that we can have that fresh bird on the table Thursday. (that's for you, Julia)

We have a nice assortment of plans this week. Today we join the homeschooling group for a pot-luck feast, the Thanks and Giving event. After we have our meal, everyone gets into an assembly line. We have bins with all the ingredients laid out and we put together bread and soup mixes as gifts for the local food pantries. It's a blessing to see even the youngest children taking part and teaching them how important it is to help out people in need.

Later this week we get to tease cheer on Gunner as he rides in a convertible and does the parade wave as Homecoming King for the Spirit Week celebration. On a side note.....is it just me or does having a parade that starts at 5 o'clock in the evening when it is pitch black sound a little off? Regardless......the parade ends at the local park where food will be served and fireworks will be blasting off, so we are there!

Thanksgiving Day starts off with the boys working at the football game, and the rest of us helping out for a few hours at a food pantry. Then we head off to Josh's parents for a feast fit for a king. It's funny....I am not a huge eater, but for some reason, for this meal.....I load my plate up to the point that it needs sideboards. I have the perfect portion of mashed potatoes, turkey and veggies to do my three point fork-full of heaven. You know......piece of turkey, swirled into the mashed potatoes and then the veggies can stick on top. After I finish that last bit of butternut squash I politely excuse myself from the table. I then change into my comfy plaid yoga pants as the circulation in my stomach region is starting to get cut off and return to the table. Most people do not even notice the fashion disaster I am sporting.....or if they do, they are polite enough not to say anything. If fact, I think most are just envious that they didn't think to do the same.

Be prepared people!

Now that I have more room, I indulge in a slice of cranberry nut bread and a piece of pumpkin pie. Then I wash it all down with a cup of decaf coffee. Because I cannot screw up the chances of my grand finale when I slip out into the den......and slip into a Tryptophan induced unconsciousness for about an hour. Yes, this plan is executed and now perfected every year.


So now, in honor of Josh and his Native American heritage, I leave you with a two different things to ponder/ingest today. This first one is just a simple Truth written by an anonymous Native American that has been passed down through the generations:

"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way"

Let us not only give thanks to God for what He has already done......but believe His word and His promise that there is more to come! Know that He is the Author and Finisher of our lives and trust that that He has great plans for our lives.

And secondly.....I have always said that God's gifts and blessings are too many to count. When I am empty, He fills me......when I am hungry, He feeds me. I am so thankful for my family, our health and the blessings we receive everyday. As I recently shared.....I am also thankful for all the new friendships I have made in the blogosphere.

If I had to say the most important thing I am thankful for......it is my Salvation. Salvation that I could never earn, but has been so graciously given to me by the one and only Jesus Christ. I want to keep living my life the way it is pleasing to Him. I need His guidance and wisdom in every step of my life.

Native American Prayer

(translated by Lakota Sioux chief Yellow Lark in 1887)

Oh Great Spirit Father in Heaven,
whose voice I hear in the winds

and whose breath gives life to everyone,
hear me.

I come to You as one of Your many children;
I am weak... I am small...I need your wisdom and your strength.

Let me walk in beauty,
and make my eyes ever
behold the red and purple sunsets.

Make my hands respect the things You have made,
and make my ears sharp so I may hear Your voice.


Make me wise,
so that I may understand what You
have taught my people
and
the lessons you have hidden in each leaf and each rock.

I ask for wisdom and strength,
Not to be superior to my brothers,
but to be able
to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me ever ready to come before You
with
clean hands and a straight eye,
so as life fades away as a fading sunset,
my spirit may come to You without shame.



Happy Thanksgiving my friends, be safe......and remember......wherever, whenever and with whomever you are celebrating your turkey dinner with.....

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. ~Psalm 100:4-5


Peace and love~
*~Michelle~*

22 comments:

Kristina P. said...

My husband and I are spending a nice, quite holiday alone. It will be great!

Kim said...

I am totally stealing your quote and putting it on my facebook page.

Happy Thanksgiving!

RCUBEs said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!God bless you and your family!

Loren said...

Michelle,

Praying you and yours have a Blessed Thanksgiving day with your families. I am thankful for you and your friendship! Have a blessed week my friend

Deborah Ann said...

I was in a similar parade back in the day. It was for my high school homecoming. My boyfriend had just bought a new car, and I really needed to show it off. Only problem was it had a manual shifter, which I was clueless about. Wouldn't you know it, I was right in front of a collector car, the driver of said car was a nervous wreck by time the parade was over! The fun didn't end there. After the parade when I tried to park the car on a hill...well you know how when you step on the clutch and the car rolls back or forward, depending on the slope of the hill? My car was packed to the gills with giggly girls (where are the men when you need them?) Anyway, one of the girls pulls out the manual from the glove box, and says loud enough for the entire school body to hear "Here it is! How to park your car!" Good times...

Mich said...

Happy thanksgiving, friend!

Sassy Granny ... said...

All thanksgiving flows from that one, amazing, unfathomable gift of salvation. Right on!

God's richest blessings to you and yours,

Kathleen

Julia said...

Michelle...

Glad you got a kick out of my turkey quote. In the butcher shop business, we really try to keep a good sense of humor.

I have had my hands inside about 200 turkeys this season and would be happy if I did not have to touch another turkey for a looooong time.

Thanks for making me smile.
Julia

Denise said...

I am praying for you to have a very blessed thanksgiving with your precious family.

Shirley said...

"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way"

I LOVE THIS!!!

christy rose said...

I pray you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Michelle!

Bridget Chumbley said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the holiday... with family and a parade in the dark! ;)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Michelle.

I'm thankful we've connected!

Tracy said...

Like your changed American Indian prayer. Thanks for the laugh about the plaid yoga pants mid meal change - really too funny!

Be blessed

E @ Scottsville said...

Ha ha ha, my current status on FB reads:

Erica wants to give a quick warning to all turkeys: "HIDE!"

I hope you guys have a WONDERFULLY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

amanda said...

happy thanksgiving! and i'm totally thankful for you and your family. and your lavender smelling house....

The Things We Carried said...

Happy Thankgiving. Sounds full of goodness!

My Chinese teacher told me a hilarious story about her 7 year old today. In a serious family convesration about gratitude her daughter said she was thankful she was not a turkey~

Now I read the same thing here. Too funny! In all my years I have never heard any thought for the turkey!

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Laura said...

We are spending this Thanksgiving with my little brother and his family. We've been seperated by many miles for years. But are together this year! Praise the Lord!! We have so much to be thankful for!!

Daveda said...

Hi, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you will join me over at Grace Talk With Daveda in Touched By The Fathers love. Please come on over and check it out!

Being Loved By Him, With You,
Daveda

John Cowart said...

Years ago I designed some parade floats for the Beaches Opening Day. We used the floats as an evangelistic platform. Great fun.

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

I love that quote! So optimistic and simple.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Deborah Ann said...

I am now playing the *mad* game of catch-up.

I love the Native Americans, so of course I love this prayer. I did some research on the Indians that lived in my county, who came here way before the white man did. Their chief was a man of peace. He knew God. Enter the legalistic white man, who was hell-bent on teaching the natives 'their' way of church. I think the Indians had it right all along. They knew who God was/is. They just worshipped Him without all the religious jargon.

Sorry, as you can tell, I am somewhat upset by what went on all those years ago.

Sounds like your Thanksgiving was awesome, and very busy!

 

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