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Let’s Give Thanks

November 22nd, 2017

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalms 118:1

A pastor and his wife invited a new young couple in the church over for Thanksgiving dinner. As the couple entered the home, they smelled the wonderful turkey and all the trimmings in the kitchen. As the four made their way to the dining room table, there was a great feast before them!

But as the young wife scanned the table, she noticed something out of place. Among the turkey, dressing, casseroles, and pies were three Chinese takeout cartons and a plate of egg rolls!

“I know what you’re thinking,” the old pastor said. “Why is there Chinese takeout on the table?” “You see,” he continued, “23 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, my dear wife burned the turkey and started a fire in our kitchen! In fact, our entire kitchen nearly caught fire and the whole Thanksgiving meal was charred black!”

“So, after the fire department left,” he chuckled, “we ordered Chinese takeout and that was our Thanksgiving meal! And every year since, we’ve had Chinese takeout as a part of our meal to remind us to be thankful for what we have!”

This year, I hope Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday for you. It should be a way of life for every Christian. We serve a wonderful God who sent his Son to die for us. As you continue to reflect on what you are thankful for this year, remember God’s blessings in your life!



Friday Funnies

November 27th, 2015

Thanksgiving is a time for food, fun and sometimes frustration, but mostly Thanksgiving jokes. Whether smart or silly, they not only tastes great but are also less filling. You can consume all you want, and they won’t stick to your thighs or put you to sleep.

I heard my nephew said at the Thanksgiving table: I don’t eat pumpkin pie. It’s made from the guts of jack-o-lanterns, and that’s just spooky!

A woman in her seventies, cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, called Butterball for help because her mother said she was tired of cooking and it was time for her to learn how to prepare the Thanksgiving meal. The Butterball Talk-Line staffer asked the woman what state her turkey was in (meaning how thawed was it) the caller responded with, “Florida.”

A young Yooper boy was sitting in his grandmother’s kitchen watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal. “What are you doing” Landon enquired. “Oh, I’m just stuffing the turkey,” his grandmother replied. “Wow, that’s cool,” Landon remarked. “Are you going to hand it next to the deer?”

Wishing you abundant blessings, peace and laughter all the year through!

Thanksgiving Weekend Report

November 29th, 2014

For the post-Thanksgiving shoppers and travelers, I have received this weather report from my in-house weather reporter.

Looking ahead to Saturday and Sunday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops. A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire country, with increased stuffiness around the beltways. During the evening Saturday, the turkey will continue to diminish and taper off, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator. By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone. Enjoy!

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Tamara who?
Tamara we’ll have turkey leftovers!

Attitude of Gratitude

November 27th, 2014

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

I’ve nearly completed my first 2 months in Reno, Nevada after leaving the beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida area. And if I’m honest I can’t say I’ve been exactly “abounding in thanksgiving” over the last several weeks. No. In fact, “abounding in grumbling” may be the more accurate phrase to describe my disposition at times. I’ve grumbled about the weather and climate mostly. None of this grumbling, however, has changed anything. And, most importantly, it’s not pretty on anybody.

To help combat this grumbling, I decided to spend yesterday in a mode of thanksgiving. You’ve probably practiced this exercise many times as well: go from person-to-person and highlight things you’re thankful for. After all, it’s tough to grumble when you pause to consider the many blessings in your life. So, I practiced this with each of my patients.

While I voiced gratitude for God generally, I failed to highlight anything specific that cause me to “abound in thanksgiving.” Driving home afterward I found myself thinking, “What is it about God that I am most grateful for?”

One attribute that floods my heart is His promise found in Romans 8:28, the fact that He orchestrates everything in my life for His glory and my good. Thank goodness, because circumstances do not work together for good themselves and I need His help! LOL

This Thanksgiving holiday I want me, my family and our friends to be “abounding in thanksgiving.” And for this to happen we need to be specific for what attributes we’re thankful for. Perhaps you’ll recall His love, mercy, grace, forgiveness (for being grumpy), patience or sweet providence. For this I am most grateful.

May the beauty and blessings of Thanksgiving bring warmth and peace to your home this season.




Happy Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013

Come to Me with a thankful heart, so that you can enjoy My Presence.

This is Thanksgiving; a day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! He wants you to rejoice today, refusing to worry about tomorrow. Search for all that He has prepared for you, anticipating abundant blessings and accepting difficulties as they come. Our Lord can weave miracles into the most mundane day if you keep your focus on Him.

Go to God with all your needs, knowing that His glorious riches are far more than adequate to meet your needs. Stay in continual communication with Him, so that you can live above your circumstances even while you are in the midst of them. Present your requests to Jesus with thanksgiving, and His Peace, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your heart and mind.

I wish each of you the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the holiday season. Have a magical thanksgiving!

Turkey Is Not For Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2013

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

For some people, there is nothing that strikes fear into the heart faster than the thought of having to cook Thanksgiving dinner. I fear a few things, but cooking isn’t one of them.

That because I grew up observing my mother. For a month she’d prep and plan out the entire menu, and then enlist the help of us kids, who were excited to chip in any way they could so we could sample along the way.

One by one, she assigned each of us a task and outlined instructions to make sure nothing was missed. We would parade in and out of the kitchen completing our assignments as mom worked endlessly to make sure that she had every dish in the works.

I’m from the midwest so a typical menu consists of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yeast rolls, savory stuffing cooking inside the bird, and a smoked turkey along with various deserts. Ah! The deserts!

In all the hustle and bustle, I can’t remember if there was any major mishap. There were times when deserts wouldn’t turn out just right or once when it took longer to smoke the turkey than expected. But, can you imagine a beautiful Thanksgiving spread without the main attraction?

Of course, we could have a laugh around the table, and all things considered, we probably had more than enough to eat! I mean did we really need a baked turkey AND a smoked turkey? That reality didn’t relieve the frustration or change the fact that turkey would be served late in the day instead of when everybody was sitting at the set table.

It’s easy to be thankful when you have more than enough, but true gratitude is when we offer thanks to God in all circumstances. Happy Thanksgiving.

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