Thursday, November 28, 2013

But for the grace of God...

I'm more than a little surprised to find myself not uncomfortably stuffed tonight.  It's Thanksgiving, right?  The one day a year we have tables of food and eat until we can't move, right?  We had the food, believe me, but I don't have one picture to show you.  We had it all, though.  Turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, green beans, zipper peas (my favorite!), Brussels sprouts, sweet potato souffle, corn, potato salad, pumpkin and sweet potato pies, chocolate and pumpkin cheesecakes, brownies, banana pudding, you name it, we probably had it or my mama could have whipped it up for you right quick.  I had a small plate and didn't even finish that and I brought my dessert home for later.  It may be because I'm sick with a sore throat/cold, I don't know, but I just didn't feel like being a pig today.  Thanksgiving is not about the food anyway, although we always have a feast.  It's about being grateful for what you have and who you have.  I am grateful for so many things in my life.  One of those things is this sweet baby girl right here.  

I regard every single thing as a gift from God, even if it's just a good parking spot at work.  And even if it's something I don't like, and that's tough.  I try to see it as a lesson I need to be taught, a trial or weakness I need to overcome.  I posted this on Facebook yesterday and it pretty much sums it all up.

I am thankful for a God who loved me so much, He couldn't let me go; I'm thankful for my husband who loves me, seeks God in all things and is my absolute ROCK; I'm thankful for my parents who gave me life and for their continuing health; I'm thankful for my sister who is also my dearest friend; I'm thankful for my brother-in-law who couldn't be more of a brother to me if he was my flesh and blood; I'm thankful for a job that I love, finally; I'm thankful for my family and my friends who love me even at my most unlovable and I'm thankful that in three weeks from Saturday, my beloved, sweet, adorable Larry will be sitting in his leather recliner!!

Ami gave me this framed Peace on Earth world map today.  I absolutely love it.  We are so fortunate, so blessed, to live in this big, plentiful, beautiful country, where we can take a day (or two!) off work and gobble 'till we wobble, where we can spend the weekend buying Christmas gifts for our loved ones and come home each day to our warm, cozy homes.  We are the minority.  Tonight, let's give thanks for being put right here, right now, and let's DO something about it.  As we head into the Christmas season, my challenge to you is to try to find someone you can help, someone whose life you can make a little brighter.  It's easier than you think.

Let our hearts overflow with thanksgiving.  (Colossians 2:7)


  1. Very sweet post. But then, it's you.
    LOVE you....Hope that old "sick" thang will get on outta there for ya.
    Take care.

  2. Get that cold thing out of the way now, 'cause in 3 weeks, you need to be A-1 tip-top! (you will be anyway!)

    Happy Thanksgiving, dearest Ginger. And to your family, whom I feel I know, with whom I've bantered through your Facebook page, and to all your loved ones. And especially to Larry (who, when he has some time, needs to learn Facebook *grins*)

    I saw a bulletin board at my son's school tonight - it's a project for "Self-Esteem Week" and the board reads:

    "Leave your insecurities at the door, they can't hurt you anymore." There is a supply of post-it notes and kids have written the things they are worried about. The one that stood out for me was this:

    "I hate never being able to help the people I love."

    I wish I knew that person and could help him/her learn that merely expressing that shows that s/he is capable of doing anything.

    I love your challenges. And I'm taking this one seriously. XOXOXOXO

  3. You so sweet and thankful. Love you and hope you feel better .