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My Thankful Heart

Driving into town the other day this sign caught my attention.  On my way home I stopped and clicked a quick picture.  Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

A few years ago I read a book by  Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth  titled Attitude of Gratitude.  I attended a Bible Study that used this book for the basis of having a heart of gratitude.  Nancy writes:

“After more than two decades of ministry to hurting people, I have come to believe that a failure to give thanks is at the heart of much, if not most, of the sense of gloom, despair, and despondency that is so pervasive even among believers today. Furthermore, many of the sins that are plaguing and devastating our society can be traced back to the oft-undetected root of unthankfulness.

The “attitude of gratitude” is something that desperately needs to be cultivated in our hearts, our homes, and our society. Its presence brings a host of other blessings, while its absence has profound, lethal repercussions.”

It seems that people think that gratitude follows happiness. But my experience tells me it is just the opposite – being thankful makes you happy!

Here are a couple of suggestions for ways to become more grateful.

Start the day giving God praise and thanksgiving.  You can make it simple – He doesn’t mind simple at all!  Father God, I am so grateful for the good night’s rest.  I am thankful for the warmth and comfort I am waking up to.  I am thankful that no matter what this day holds for me, you are with me.  Amen. Simple but powerful start to your day.

Keep a gratitude journal. Each day write down several things you are grateful for.  Research shows this one small practice can make you feel more optimistic and better about your life!

Write a thank you note.  This is powerful.  Sending a thank you note to someone who least expects it will bring you a sense of gratefulness, satisfaction, and joy knowing you will be surprising someone with the note.

Make a phone call or send a text or an email saying “thank you” to someone who has blessed you.  Or send a message to say “thinking of you” to someone you want to bless.  The real blessing will be yours as you feel joy for this simple act of kindness.

Another idea I read this week is to “take inventory”.  Get a piece of paper and write – yes, handwrite! – a list of everything that makes you happy, from the little (for me really fizzy water) to the large like cuddling with someone you love!  And then once a day do something off the list.  Be grateful, be happy!

I am grateful to you!  I am grateful you take time to stop by our blog and especially leave comments and cheer us on!

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving each and every day.
~ Blessings, Catherine



Thanksgiving Fix’ins 2015

Thanksgiving Table 2013
Thanksgiving Day is just two days away and I must admit my kitchen is clean and there isn’t a turkey or a fixin’ in sight.

BTW – “Fixin” is a southern slang most often used in the phrase “fixin’ to” meaning: about to, getting ready to.  I didn’t do “fixins” until moving to the southern part of the USA 11 years ago.  The Urban Dictionary (yes, surprise, we have such a thing) says:

A Southern (USA) word for the supplemental food, dishes, ingredients, and accompaniments to whatever you are eating, cooking, or serving.

A hamburger can have fixins (tomatoes, pickles, ketchup), barbecued meat can have fixins (baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad), and even fixins can have fixins (baked beans made with added bacon, toppings for a baked potato).

For Thanksgiving dinner we had turkey with all the fixins–cranberry sauce, green beans, wild rice, sweet potatoes.

Okay, that is quite enough about fixins.  Long story short my traveling husband, sous-chef dish-washing mom and I drove a few miles south of Tennessee to Callaway Gardens to spend the week. We are reading, writing, hiking and …. eating.  I’m not cooking this week, but we surely are eating.  We came to see the spectacular Fantasy In Lights set up throughout the garden and to do a bit of hiking.

Fantasy In Lights
The garden is lit up with 8,000,000 (that’s MILLION) lights and it truly is magical.  Last night the air was cold, but we bundled-up and snuggled together as Christmas music played throughout the tour.  We sang Christmas jingles and ended with a melody of about 6 Christmas hymns.
American Beech Tree Lit Up
As we rounded a corner and came out of the forest our guide directed us to this view.  It is a stunning American Beech tree totally lit up with a reflection in the lake.
American Beech Tree Blur!

I was fumbling fast to get my camera and sadly this is the fumbled result!

My devotional time this week is  full of encouraging scripture pointing the way to give thanks to God no matter our circumstance.  From 1 Thessalonians:
The words from Habakkuk have been rattling around in my head this week.  From the sermon, I heard on Sunday at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel comes this scripture:

Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel Stone Alter
Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel Stone Alter

The Book of Habakkuk is the eighth book of the 12 minor prophets of the Hebrew Bible. It is attributed to the prophet Habakkuk and was probably composed in the late 7th century BC.  The words of the prophet Habakkuk ring very true for us today.  He was saying it doesn’t matter if the crops fail, the food is scarce, and the animals gone he will still praise the Lord.  This is the truth of giving thanks to God.

I am a very visual person.  When I read or hear words spoken they immediately take hold in picture form in my mind’s eye.  This week from Sarah Young wrote this in Jesus Calling.

Lacock Abbey Hallway
“A THANKFUL ATTITUDE opens windows of heaven. Spiritual blessings fall freely onto you through those openings into eternity. Moreover, as you look up with a grateful heart, you get glimpses of Glory through those windows. You cannot yet live in heaven, but you can experience foretastes of your ultimate home.” 

Later she writes as if Jesus is speaking directly to us.

“A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems. Instead, it rejoices in Me, your Savior, in the midst of trials and tribulations. I am your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble.”

Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

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150 Scriptures to Praise God
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From the Jones United Methodist Memorial Church internet website, I found this compilation of praise scriptures.  It is a PDF and you can print it and read often to help you turn your eyes to Jesus in praise and prayer, even when … I dare say especially when you don’t feel like it.  The thankfulness you give to God will take the pain and sting out of the trials and adversity you may find yourself going through.

No matter what your Thanksgiving Day activities this year, it is my prayer that all will take the time to GIVE THANKS to our Lord and Provider,  Creator and one true God, Yahweh.

With a grateful heart, Happy Thanksgiving!

Blasts from the past some of my favorite holiday dishes. (Click on the picture and it will take you to the recipe link.)

Brined Turkey BBQ

Tabled Sweet Potato Casserole

make ahead potatoes

Mixed Veggie Casserole
Mixed Veggie Casserole
My Yankee Dinner rolls
My Yankee Dinner Rolls

 Upclose sweet potato pie single

Pecan Caramel Pie w/tea

Happy Thanksgiving!

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