Turkey Hangover

Thanksgiving Dinner

Any leftovers?

I’m stuffed!!!

I mean, who didn’t eat too much for Thanksgiving dinner?

I am looking for a show of hands, and nope – no one raised theirs.

I am aware that this is a blog and I can’t actually see you, but you get my point.

I am not, actually, thinking about my stomach at this moment.

If you know me, this is rare because I really appreciate a good meal. But I am talking about my life.

I have a nice, full life.

Now you might be thinking…

  • How rude to flaunt like that
  • I wish my life was full
  • My life is full too, or
  • Full? If my life got anymore full I would pop!

Actually, technically…

Depending on the day you ask me and the place I am in (at the moment), I might not always answer this question the same way.

But it is not that my life is any more or less full, blessed, or amazing on any particular day.

It may be that I have momentarily forgotten all that I am thankful for.

Do you ever do that?

Girl Talk

I was sitting with a couple of my single friends the other day. We were just “girl-chatting” about life and they were telling me how life as a single lady can be a little, well… lonely.

I laughed. Out loud. And hard. Right in front of them. Then I explained why…

I told them that as a wife and mom of two in a busy household, sometimes I just would close my eyes for a moment and wish I could get just five minutes alone without someone pulling on me!

Isn’t it interesting how the human psyche finds a way to attempt to be discontent no matter what condition that it is in?

I guess that is why the Bible says,

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. — Colossians 3:15 (MSG)

Cultivate Thankfulness

Thankfulness is something that has to be cultivated.

Cultivated? Yep, that’s what it says!

What does that even mean?

Well according to the online dictionary that I just looked up – it means:

  1. To promote the growth of,
  2. To nurture; foster,
  3. To form and refine.

We have to promote the growth of thankfulness in our lives. Nuture it like a baby. Make time to see that it is paid attention to. Refine it and make it more perfect.

There is a relationship between thankfulness and peace. And who couldn’t use more peace?

All the moms and dads reading this blog just said Amen out loud (hopefully not in an inconvenient place)!

So this week, with the official Thanksgiving holiday (with it’s turkey, pumpkin and stretchy pants we wear to dinner) behind us, let’s not leave the act of searching for reasons to give thanks.

Let’s promote being thankful and deserving in our lives. And let’s see if that doesn’t lead to a life more full of peace.

I’ll Start

I am thankful my children are healthy.

I am thankful my husband loves me.

I am thankful that my home has heat and air conditioning.

I am thankful that I have a job. And most the time I love my job!

What are you thankful for?

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Laura Myers December 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I am thankful I discovered Faith Church St. Louis! :) I watch online from Phoenix, AZ. Refresing, relevant, revitalizing…wish you guys were here, and wish there were more churches out there like yours!!

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Christne November 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I am Thankful that my first husband and I are together again and our Love for each other grows everyday!
I am Thankful for our 3 healthy and wonderful (adult) children!
I am Thankful for the gift(s) of 8 healthy, remarkable grandchildren and wonderful stepson!
I am Thankful for Faith Church!
I am Thankful for Pastors Nicole and David!
I am Thankful for my health and my life!
I am Thankful for this wonderful house we live in!
I am Thankful my parents are still here on earth, able to see how my life is great even with the challenges we face everyday!
I am Thankful for the city of St. Louis, the state of Missouri and the wonderful country we live in!
I am Most Thankful for the forgiving God that is back in my life, thanks to Faith Church and Pastors David and Nicole!

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DebB November 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I am thankful to be able to wiggle my toes and greet the morning sunshine because that means I have one more chance to practice at getting it right.

I am thankful for all of the trials in my life because without them, I would not be where I am today nor the person I am today.

I am thankful for every person I come in contact with because I learn something from each and every one of them.

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Donna Miller November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

I am Thankful for my Lord and savior Jesus Christ!
I am Thankful for Faith Church & being able to serve there.
I am Thankful for God giving me 4 gorgeous sons who love me.
I am Thankful for the roof over our heads.
I am Thankful for the friends God has supernatualy placed in my life.

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Toni November 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Maybe a silly question….but in or at what place might saying Amen be inconvenient? :)

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Angie Jones November 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

If we start focusing on what we are thankful for and disregard the things that we are less than thankful for…life becomes sweeter and more fulfilling and in fact encourages even more things to be thankful for!

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Debbie V November 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Great advice Angie! What a difference it will make!

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Debbie November 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

I am thankful I have a place to live!
I am thankful that God lead me to such an amazing church!
I am thankful for you and Pastor David!
I am thankful for how God is working in my son’s life!
I am thankful for the privilege to serve God at Faith Church StL!!!
Thank you for another great word!

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Angie Jones November 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Great words to live by! Love your list of thankfuls!

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