A week of Thanksgiving

November 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

I got home Friday night for a whole week of Thanksgiving break.  It’s lovely.

Except my Mom and sister aren’t feeling that great, and I promptly came down with a sore throat.  I spent half of yesterday in bed, and was quite discouraged to read all my friends’ facebook statuses of them doing fun things and going to Disney World and visiting their old schools.  And I’m, well, in bed.  And the one thing I’ve been looking forward to doing for weeks is visiting my old dance class; I’ve missed it so much.  And of course, I probably can’t.

So even though I’m home and on break, the grumpies could abound if I chose.  And then I read this awesome challenge – just what I needed.

“The Thanksgiving holiday is one of my favorites…food, football, family, friends and lots of fun. But, originally, it was meant to be a day to pause and give authentic thanks to God. Unfortunately, for many, including myself, thanksgiving is more of a one-day holiday that a way of life. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been blessed beyond comprehension, and even in the unwelcome moments of life, I have so much to be thankful for.

What would it look like if I ONLY spoke words of gratitude the entire week of Thanksgiving? If I went so far as to look at a pile of laundered clothes that awaits my folding and putting up, a task I normally hate, and instead think and speak out loud, “God, thank you for these clothes, for providing covering.” When I can’t go to dance or do something fun, “God, thank you that I can be at home and I only have a small cold, nothing really serious.”  If every time next week I see a person, I tell them why I am thankful to God they are in my life.

So, starting this Monday morning and going through this Sunday evening, I’m challenging myself to live an entire week full of thanksgiving.

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
(Ephesians 5:4 ESV)

Anytime I’m tempted to think/say/do something negative (filthy, foolish, crude or otherwise unthankfull), I will instead choose, in that very moment, to give thanks to God for His blessing in my life.

If you’d like to join me, please leave a comment saying so AND repost this (in our own words, if you’d like…no need to link me) on your blog, twitter, facebook, etc. and challenge your friends to do the same. Even if you’re not reading this until after Monday morning, it’s never too late to take up a good challenge. And, keep in mind that nobody who takes this challenge is going to make it an entire week without missing the mark…so, when that happens to you, just pick yourself back up and start again!”

AND another challenge I want to do is post more frequently.  Let’s face it, it’s not that much fun to read a blog that only posts once a week (or less)…so here goes!  I’ll try to post much more this week.

In His grace,



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Lady Durer  |  November 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    thank you for being such a lovely example to the rest of us dear!


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