Piecing Together Thanksgiving

Life is quite a ride, isn't it? The ups and downs, peaks and dives is enough to make me sick sometimes. Recently, our family has had its shares of crisis and challenges. To be quite honest, I have not been looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. {I know – the thought makes me gasp too!} I have been struggling to stay positive and be thankful, and though my girls and their friends are looking forward to gathering at our table, I am not looking forward to all the cooking and the extra expenses.  {Oh and by the way, nobody knows that but you!} It has seemed to just be stressful to me this year and I am ashamed at myself for not keeping my head up during what is usually my favorite season of the year!

So, today I was making place cards for our Thanksgiving table from the largest Labels1 Nestabilities die cut. I had already cut some 6×6 {serene} green paper for a mini album I did and so decided to just use those extra pieces. I ran them through and then embossed them with the Flourishes. I will fold them in half and they will have the person's name on the front and a special sentiment on the inside. When I was all done, I looked at the "negatives" laying on the table. I thought about how cute it would be to back each one with an ivory sheet of cardstock and bind it into a little book. Each person would have a place to write a couple sentences about what they are thankful for and we would have a great memento from Thanksgiving 2010. Yep, I think that will be our little assignment on Thursday!

Admittedly, we can't always turn negatives into positives. Sometimes, though, we can look at the cutting room floor of our lives and realize there are still things that can be fashioned into something more productive or useful than we ever thought they could be. I have learned too, that I can still be thankful even when things are not as I would like. The truth is, no matter what circumstances come my way, God is still God. He is still worthy to be thanked and praised. He continues to love us, forgive us, and extend His mercy to us. He comes alongside as a Gentle Comforter and a Good Shepherd. He is faithful. Even when we do not always see His hand, I try hard to trust His heart. He gives us peace in the midst of the storm and He provides for our needs. We have a home that shelters us  from the harsh temperatures of winter that have come our way. We have fresh water to drink… a luxury that many in this world do not enjoy. We have friends to walk with us through the good and bad times. We have food to enjoy and music to lift our spirits. We have family, that although is way less than perfect and missing key members, still ends up sticking together through it all.

Ours may not be the beautiful Thanksgiving table that we see in the Norman Rockwell painting, the movies that commemorate the holiday, or the tables that some of my talented friends present. However, one by one, little by little, as we sit down to our meal together and enjoy the day with one another, we will piece together the offerings of thanksgiving with the unique gifts that each one of us brings. It is my hope that the result is Great Grace and Gratefulness.

Wishing YOU Great Grace and Gratefulness!  Happy Thanksgiving!



About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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1 Response to Piecing Together Thanksgiving

  1. Christine Pennington says:

    Love love love your honesty and your words of wisdom. Debbie you are a blessing to me! Please give Jenna a hug from me. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your BEAUTIFUL family. ~C

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