For those reading Lisa Harper’s book, Stumbling Into Grace, along with my small group, today’s memory verse will match up with chapter 11, “Empathizing With Enemies.
In her book, Lisa Harper writes, “We can become less critical by choosing to focus on the whole of other people’s stories as opposed to one irritating chapter” (p. 129).
It’s so easy, too easy really, to judge others. That they’re flaky. They made a bad decision. They’re sinful. They’re a mess. They’re rude, impatient, annoying . . .
We’re generally just masses of human opinion waiting to jump on a soapbox at the slightest provocation.
I’m so thankful God has so much more grace for us than we have for each other.
So, this week, our verse is a reminder to love one another. After all, God has shown an awful lot of love to us.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Well, my faithful blog readers, normally in this weekend space I’d be sharing with you a rerun of a post from the past.
But, I just can’t contain my excitement about Thanksgiving. It’s far and away my most favorite holiday. This mystifies my children, who cannot understand how a turkey dinner can compete with Christmas presents.
Yet, there it is. The month-long inspiration to give thanks, the emphasis on family, the traditions of spending time together in the kitchen baking—it’s yummy to my very soul!!
So, when I thought about how to spill some of my Thanksgiving excitement over to you all, I decided to take one post a week in November and share some ideas on how to make my favorite holiday truly a celebration for your family. Some of these ideas will work well with kids and grandkids. Some don’t need anybody but you in order to participate.
I sure would love to hear your traditions and thoughts on this, too! So, I hope you’ll hop on here and post your ideas about making Thanksgiving special. What traditions does your family enjoy? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe and your favorite reason to be thankful?
The Thanksgiving Journal
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced (Psalm 105:5)
So many of us go around the table each Thanksgiving day and say “one thing you’re thankful for . . . other than family.”
But it’s hard to remember year after year what that one special bit of Thanks was about.
And sometimes we really need a record of gratitude so we can indeed “remember the wonders He has done” (Psalm 105:5).
So, this year, I’m taking an idea from Focus on the Family’s magazine, “Thriving Family” in their Oct/Nov 2011 article “Turn Turkey Day into Thanksgiving.”
Create a family Thanksgiving journal. This can be a blank spiral bound journal or even a notebook with pages that you insert year after year. On Thanksgiving day, take the time as a family to list off the blessings and answered prayers from God that year. Be specific. Truly consider what God has done.
List your thanks into your family journal and say a prayer of gratitude.
For the ardent scrapbookers among you, add pictures and decorate the pages so the book of thanks becomes a true family keepsake.
Or, keep it simple! The important thing isn’t the artistic value; it’s the giving thanks that matters.
The next Thanksgiving, pull out the very same journal and look through the reasons to give thanks from years past before adding to the list for the new year. Over time, this Thanksgiving journal will be a record of blessing, answered prayers, and gifts from God, a way of remembering all that He has done.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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