Monday, November 23, 2015

The Best Way to Have a Happy Thanksgiving

What do you think of when you think about Thanksgiving?
A Norman Rockwell setting?
A Waltons' Thanksgiving?
A disaster or battleground?

What if you don't feel so thankful about gathering with your relatives or a certain relative? Do you stress over pleasing them or feel irritated by them? Sadly that's the case for more people that we'd like to think. Unfortunately, not everyone has a loving family that serves our Lord. Most would say there is at least one in their family that makes holidays difficult. In fact, if you're a Christian, but you're not from a Christian family, you may be the one that makes the others uncomfortable. 

What if you're totally stressed out about getting a meal prepared and on the table not to mention all the preparations ahead of time? 

May I encourage you to use the preprayment plan? That's praying ahead of time for situations that are coming up. Search your Bible for a verse or two that you can focus your mind and heart on while you're visiting. Make it a verse that will help you keep the Shalom perfect peace of God in your heart. If you're at home, light a candle. Sometimes glancing at a candle flickering or enjoying the fragrance can help you feel more peaceful. Soft worship music playing in the background helps too— if you can get away with it. ~smile~

Keeping our focus on God and our reasons to be thankful can help us through as we pray to hold our tongues or give a hug or an encouraging word. 

Be blessed and don't fret dear ones!

Just something to think about...
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  1. Hello Laura,

    Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday because it's all about being thankful. We have so much to be thankful for.

    I am blessed to have always had a happy, peaceful gathering of family who delights in this holiday of thankfulness. It is sad to think that anyone would dread this holiday.

    I would suggest for those who don't find it a happy gathering to change their holiday traditions. For those who have extended family gatherings that they are not excited about, they can choose a separate day to have the Thanksgiving celebration they long for - gather with extended family for Thanksgiving Day, and then have their own Thanksgiving on another day, or vice versa.

    Focusing on the LORD is very good advice. That's really what this holiday is all about.


  2. Good Morning, And this was so perfect and you nailed the solution for the Holiday family get together's. I have had to use this formula many times for many different things. God is always going before us and to pray about things that have been a problem in the past is just good old fashion wisdom!
    Great Post!!
    Happy Blessed and Peaceful Thanksgiving Blessings To You And Yours!
    Hugs, Roxy

  3. Hi Roxy,
    An encouraging word as usual. Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Will you get to spend it with Amy and her family?

  4. Lovely and oh so true thoughts!
    I shall keep them in mind. : )
    Happy Thanksgiving Week!

  5. Oh boy, Laura...have you really hit on something...this is exactly what I have been feeling...(relatives and Christians--being told we are too Christian--which I don't know- understand--how can one be too Christian?)---I am just not feeling very cheerful at the moment...thank you sweet friend....Blessings (and Happy Thanksgiving to you)

  6. Very encouraging, Laura.
    Bless you this holiday season,
    now and in the December days to come.


  8. Father God, I pray peace in Linda's heart and mind this Thanksgiving weekend. I pray for a Philippians 4 kind of weekend... anxious for nothing... peace that passes all understanding. Thank you God! Amen.

    Hugs to you Linda!

  9. I've done something similar Hope.

  10. I hope your weekend is relaxing Billie Jo.

  11. I love getting together with my family and also my husband's family. But I realize there are those who don't. Either way, praying never hurt, right? Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. You're right, Jann. I'm fortunate that everyone gets along in our family.


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