I hope those of you who live in the USA had an amazing Thanksgiving gathered with loved ones and lots of yummy food. Thanksgiving was a little different in my family this year as my youngest sister is living in Canada. Her empty seat at the table was a constant reminder of the miles between us. Thankfully, Mom and Dad are headed to Niagara today in a car packed with leftovers and cards from all of us.
Today I’m gathering with others that I am also thankful for as we meet up every Friday to share encouragement and life with one another. This week the Five Minute Friday community is writing on the prompt: Value.
With the conclusion of Thanksgiving festivities our hearts turn in anticipation toward the Christmas season. I woke up this morning to a Facebook feed endlessly announcing Holiday sales. Like many, I spent time yesterday with the people that mean the most to me and being thankful for all the Lord has blessed me with. But, like many of you, I am so tempted to turn around–not 24 hours later, and cultivate a spirit of want.
Can we just have a day to simmer in the juices of thanksgiving? I mean, goodness, our turkeys marinate longer than us!
How can we so quickly switch from “Lord, thank you” to “Lord, I want”?
This holiday season I am praying to stay cognizant of my attitude.
I want to enter into this Christmas season with the same sense of thankfulness that I felt gathered around the table yesterday.
The promise of a Savior–that is why I am thankful and why I anticipate Christmas.
Please join me in remembering the true gift of family and placing value on the things that matter most this season.
The Ameri Brit Mom
3 thoughts on “Value: Five Minute Friday”
It’s true we can turn very quickly from giving thanks to focusing on what we want. It’s important not to lose the sense of gratitude and to find ways to keep our minds on what Christmas is really about.
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I learned a long time ago that comparison is the enemy of contentment. It is very easy to want more if comparison gets a foothold. Instead of compare, then content and Just Be Thankful. The want-monster doesn’t have a chance.
Our turkeys do marinate longer than us don’t they? Thanks for this reminder friend!