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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 Prayers

Just a week from now, on Thursday, November 28, most Americans will be celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving.  It has been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”,  to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.

The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and was attended by about 53 Pilgrims and 90 American Indians.  The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”, that is,  days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

I have compiled a few well-known Thanksgiving prayers to share with you and to help me on my way to giving thanks each and every day of the year.

God Bless You and Happy Thanksgiving,

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”   John F. Kennedy

Moravian Blessing

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

We Gather Together Hymn

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

-Adrianus Valerius
-Theodore Baker (translator)


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We Give Thanks

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

– Harry Jewell

Help Me Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.

-Samuel F. Pugh

Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You’ve done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.

-Mary Fairchild

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited.  Amen!

-Scott Wesemann

Abundant Blessing

We thank you for the turkey,
The gravy and the dressing.
Dear Lord, this table overflows
With Thy abundant blessing.
Let us always be aware
That all gifts come from You,
And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do. Amen.

-Joanna Fuchs

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

Our Prayer of Thanks by Carl Sandburg

For the gladness here where the sun is shining at
evening on the weeds at the river,
Our prayer of thanks.

For the laughter of children who tumble barefooted and
bareheaded in the summer grass,
Our prayer of thanks.

For the sunset and the stars, the women and the white
arms that hold us,
Our prayer of thanks.

If you are deaf and blind, if this is all lost to you,
God, if the dead in their coffins amid the silver handles
on the edge of town, or the reckless dead of war
days thrown unknown in pits, if these dead are
forever deaf and blind and lost,
Our prayer of thanks.

The game is all your way, the secrets and the signals and
the system; and so for the break of the game and
the first play and the last.
Our prayer of thanks.

Bless us, Oh Lord

Bless us, Oh Lord,
and these thy gifts which
we are about to receive from thy bounty,
through Christ, Our Lord.

1 Chronicles 29:11-13
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.”


Fried Sweet Potatoes

When You Feel Robbed of Your Private Time

I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Psalm 16:8

If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm. Psalm 37:23

Have you ever heard, “in the South they fry EVERYTHING?” Well, I don’t think that is particularly true, after all, I have never seen a dill pickle fried, oh, wait a minute, yes I have.  Well, then I have never seen a snicker’s bar fried, oh … yes I have.  Okay, okay, there must be something we don’t fry — oh, forget it.  Ya know, in the south we don’t just fry turkeys for Christmas but Sweet Potatoes too!  At our house we eat a lot of sweet potatoes, and they just don’t get much better than this.


Before you say “frying is too fattening” take a look at this recipe.  Only about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter will cook a big batch of potatoes.  A little cinnamon sprinkled in the beginning and a little brown sugar in the end ….  they are irresistible!   And just in case you missed it, eating such healthy potatoes definitely means you can end the meal with … Walnut Fudge Pie?

Kitchen blessings and happy cooking!

Southern Fried Sweet Potatoes
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Eating healthy sweet potatoes doesn't have to be bland. These potatoes are fried in a light amount of oil, keeping them healthy and light! The brown sugar and cinnamon blends for a light caramel glazing.
Serves: 4
  • 4 medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  1. Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Slice into ¼" thick rounds.
  2. Over medium heat, heat olive oil, butter and cinnamon in a large fry pan. Add sweet potatoes layering flat if possible.
  3. Watch potatoes as they can burn easily. Fry until potatoes are cooked and well-browned. Sprinkle with brown sugar and toss a couple times while still frying. Remove from stove and serve immediately.

The Weekend Round-Up

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6

I am so thankful that God closes doors no man can open AND  God opens doors no man can close!  Thank you Lord!




Have you recovered yet from the feasting of yesterday?  We certainly had a blessed day spent in beautiful fall weather and lots of good food.  I hope your day was everything you wanted it to be also.

One of the cutest things I have seen this Thanksgiving came from the ladies at Our Best Bites.  These two women have a great website filled was fabulous pictures and recipes.  But this season their little turkey family made a bit hit all over the internet.  I didn’t make them but I am totally counting this recipe in for next year! Aren’t they just darling?!!

Looking back here is my blogging week in pictures.  If you click on the picture it will take you to the day the recipe was posted.

When everything turkey gets too much:  Kickin’ Chili Soup

It’s not too late for a fun and delicious “big breakfast” this weekend!
  But wait — there’s more!

Be sure and leave some time for Apple Bistro Panini’s!

Many Blessings & Happy Cooking

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