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Coffee and God: Thanksgiving

Hey all!

Thanksgiving is almost here. This is one of my favorite holidays because we get to be with family and thank God for another year of life. It is important to be thankful on this day even if your year has not been so smooth, or you’ve lost a loved one. Life is too precious to waste being bitter or depressed. Thanking God every day for the breath you breathe can be transforming in your life.

This week, remember all of the blessings you do have in your life. Thank Him for them. And just enjoy having precious time with your family.

God bless, and stay safe!

Thanksgiving Memories and Traditions…

Hey all!

I wanted to do something different this week to honor God and to celebrate Thanksgiving which is this week here in the US.  Thanksgiving is a day to thank God for our blessings.  This was the original intent back in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln made it a national holiday.  Somehow it has gotten squeezed between Halloween (a waste of time, energy, and money in my opinion) and the commercialism that is replacing “Christ” in Christmas.

I invite you all to comment below with your favorite Thanksgiving memories or traditions or to list your prayers to God and your thankgivings to Him for what you have.  We are all blessed whether we feel like it or not.  If you are breathing, it is because of God…

I wish you all a joyous Thanksgiving, full of warmth and laughter and family and friends and praise to Him who made it all possible.

I would like to personally say thank you to each and every one of you.  I am truly blessed to have this forum and to have amazing readers who find something here every week.  It gives me a purpose that I only recently have come to appreciate, and I pray I will appreciate more.  I wish I could give each and every one of you a big hug and invite you over for coffee to praise Him!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

God bless you all!

Something You Probably Didn’t Know about Thanksgiving…

Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of a woman named Sarah Hale who wanted a National Holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States.

It had previously only been celebrated in the East and haphazardly at best.  The tradition was beginning to die out due to growing pains of the United States.

So Mrs. Hale took her idea to Congress, newspapers, and Presidents.  She wrote magazine article and recruited women to her cause.  She wrote letters to Presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan who all said no.

Finally, after 38 years of writing letters, she wrote a letter to President Lincoln who said Yes!

So in 1863, Thanksgiving was declared a National Holiday largely due in part to one woman’s crusade to save Thanksgiving!

As you’re eating your turkey today remember to say thanks for all those who came before us and made this country what it is today.  And say thanks for Mrs. Hale who didn’t stop despite all the rejection.

We could learn a lesson from her perseverance, dedication, and iron will and how one ordinary person really can make a difference in this world.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas–A Depressing Time of Year?

It seems like every year around this time I get down and sometimes depressed.

Last year I was definitely depressed: my husband found out the day before Christmas he would be laid off in a week.

This year, I’m just down for whatever reason.  It’s the time of year I look back and look at my goals and see how little I’ve actually accomplished.  Mainly, it’s my writing/professional goals that have fallen short and, being this is what I believe my purpose to be (besides being a wife and mother first), it’s very disheartening.

Yet, good, unexpected things have happened as well:  BSF and this blog that has taken off to heights I never imagined.  I’ve learned a whole lot from the Bible I’ve never learned before.  I’ve read quite a bit of the Bible (although haven’t finished it yet).  Read some good books.  Discovered some new music.  Wrote some good books.  Became healthier and stronger and hopefully a better wife and mother.  Discovered I actually liked homeschooling and miss it.

It’s probably the Devil coming against me–as always at this time of year when our Savior was born.  When things are going good, he steps in to try and take you down.

So, I’m going to power through these last few weeks, shake off some annoying things around me, and continue in prayer and thanksgiving for all of my blessings.  I’m going to force myself to honor my social commitments (when all I really want to do is crawl into my heated waterbed with my two mangy old dogs and a good book), school commitments, spiritual commitments, and every other commitment on my life. And I’m going to try to be happy about it until this too passes, the weight lifted from my mind, and I feel like myself again.