O Lord that lends me life,
lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
I'll be busy tomorrow getting ready for the big day. My list includes baking a pecan pie and making mashed potatoes, lime jello with diced canned pears, and homemade keilbasa. Yum. :) I'll also be cleaning...lots to do to get the house ready for family. The turkey we raised this summer will be roasting in the oven when company arrives mid-afternoon on Thursday -- filling the house with that wonderful aroma that lets us know it's Thanksgiving. My mouth is watering just thinking of all that deliciousness...
This annual tradition of gathering to rejoice and feast and give thanks is time consuming, yet it's worth it. I've so, so much to be thankful for even though at times I grumble. And I've grumbled in my heart this year at having to host...again. My heels were dug in and I tried getting out of it, but the Lord, in His kindness, will fill my house with loved ones...again.
That Christmas cactus up there at the top of this post is a good reflection of the way I've felt the past few weeks. I've just not kept my focus where it needed to be and so I couldn't see the promise of all the good in store for me if only I would open my eyes to see it. I love my family. But I'm tired and feeling spread rather thin, as Bilbo Baggins once said, “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread."
What's been missing, I think is the perspective that flows from a thankful heart. O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness...
for a house big enough to fill with all my loved ones
for health and warmth and a pantry filled to overflowing
for friends who know me and love me anyway
for solitude when I need it
for beauty at every turn
for good books, wise words, and thoughtful quotes
for friends near and far and those I've met through this space
for safety, for comfort, for security
for grace, mercy, and forgiveness
for my husband, my best friend, the love of my life
for my children who teach me so, so much
for busy hands and lots to do
for clarity and aha moments
Thinking it's time to take a break from here, but not for too long. Company will be here for several days, Saturday will be wrapping up Advent gift shopping (four Sundays...four gifts for my kids and my grands: jammies, books, ornaments, and special treats). In the meanwhile, I'll be popping up on IG (DoleValleyGirl) if you want to follow along. :)
See you soon,
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