A BLESSED THANKSGIVING! This Post is dedicated to our Megan, without whom, we might well starve on Thanksgiving!
I still remember the moment. . .when I heard God say, “Thankfulness is wonderful, when are you going to make gratitude a way of life?” Thankfulness is a heart posture Scripture speaks about with passion. . .
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Psalm 107:1 ESV
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
And then we can grow from thankfulness to gratitude that seeps deep into the essential understanding of life and God’s gifts. . .As I read Ann Voskamp’s Book, One Thousand Gifts, I gained a new understanding. Gratitude was not only a way of life, but in my new circumstances is was necessary for the survival and growth of my faith. I’ll share something I’ve told very few people, it was such an intimate, profound moment. One morning at 3AM, 6 months post-diagnosis. . .God woke me up and told me to read my gratitude list. I was on 1,503 at the time. I steadfastly refused for an hour, knowing I would see all this loss of the goodness of His Giftings each day. He pressed and pressed and pressed and I finally relented. As I read, for a long time, I found comfort and was stunned to “count” there were only 5 listings, I could not enjoy with the challenges of this disease. And I slowly, emerged from fear to gratitude. God created in me what I needed to receive His Glory sightings, even with what this ALS might bring on. . .
A few selections from my gratitude list today. . .
the touch of a daughter’s hand in early morning
birthday cards etched on windows in vibrant colors
a big acorn with larger than life promise
the drip of wax
the chorus of little women voices from my kitchen
a new book wrapped in bright yellow paper
ding dong: Flowers at the threshold of my life
arches in new shower, wood crafted to bless
voice mails to save and listen to over and over
the single, clear flame of a candle
cards with hand written heart inklings
burnt cakes, a new one in the making
the fresh aurora of orange peel grating into sparkling cranberry sauce
new friends, that feel like an old friends
text messages, crafted with thanksgiving
creative ways to quick fix kitchen blunders
new tradition to open Christmas Holidays: Harrods Alley Lighting and Dinner
a new happy sippie cup
a step beyond comfort zone
quiet faithful service, at daughter’s hand
deep voice, so familiar in his young manhood, completes family dynamic
recipes of tradition
Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade
black and white pictures of priceless memories
the wag of puppy dog tail
surprises: canvas and gifted stroke of beach, sunset in flight
eye contact with someone you love, deeply
the strong, strength of husband’s empowered servanthood
Our Family Favorite Cranberry Sauce:
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1 (12oz) package fresh cranberries
Fresh Orange Zest
In medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolves the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in cranberries, and cook until they start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat, and transfer to bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Best made the day before and add orange zest to taste (about 1 Tblspn) as let set over night. So good with left overs! Enjoy!