I love Charlie Brown. I laugh when Peppermint Patty ropes him into having a Thanksgiving dinner at his house, when he is trying in vain to explain that he will be gone. Then, when he serves her a less than par dinner, she gets mad. His Grandmother saves the day and everybody goes off to Grandmother’s house. (actually a condominium.)
It’s about family and friends and being thankful for who you have in your life, the blessings you have received and the treasures you have around you. Taking that one day and making it special and saying thank you to God for what you have.
Sunday, at our church, we will kick off November with a harvest feast. A day of celebration of all that God has done for us. We will serve each other foods from a large table spread across our sanctuary and celebrate with songs and dancing.
God is incredibly good to us. We have so many things to be thankful for. Now for the next month, we can think about it and share ways to show our thankfulness. I have to work on this one as well, I tend to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget. Especially when it comes to Thanksgiving.
It has been held at our house the last few years, which is fun, but I get caught up in the housecleaning and cooking and then forget that is isn’t about a clean house. We can sit in the yard and have popcorn and toast, like Charlie Brown, and still be thankful. Of course, here in Wisconsin, it will be quite chilly, but we could do it if we needed to!!
I guess that is what my “What has made me smile this week?” posts are about. Keeping my mind on what is good. It helps. But I think, maybe, this month, I will start with a “How was I thankful or grateful this week?”. Maybe, like Paige Hamilton over at Tales from the Laundry Room, I will post some verses that are about thankfulness.
There are so many things we can do as a family to show thankfulness. The key is to do that every day, not just here in November. Here are some things that we do as a family, on a daily basis.
- Thank God for the food we eat. When we pray for our meal, that is what we always say. God has provided our food and we want to acknowledge that.
- Thank God for the provisions he has given us. Often, I will thank God for showing me exactly what I need when I go to the thrift stores or rummage sales. Many times, He has gotten us what we need when we needed it. I have thanked Him for those things.
- I look for ways to acknowledge His working in my life. Sometimes I just say Thank you Lord. He is so good!!
I will try to focus this month on ways to be thankful. What are some ways you are thankful in your everyday life? How about teaching your children or others around you, what are your favorite ways to do that??