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Grateful, Thankful & Content!

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We’ve closed out the week of Thanksgiving, but I’d like to share 5 more things I’m thankful for (this was supposed to be posted last week) –

Education – Less than 1/3 of the U.S. population have college degrees. I am blessed to be a part of that group. I don’t take my degree for granted because I know a lot of people haven’t had the opportunity to pursue higher education.

Talent – Everyone has some type of talent (some more than others) but if you don’t use it, you can possibly lose it. For those who haven’t figured out their talent yet, just follow your heart & it shall be revealed.

Clothes – I absolutely have more clothes than I need. (Notice, I didn’t say I have as many as I want). Every week mounds & mounds of clothes pile up on my bed (or nearby) because I have more clothes than closet! I am thankful to have so many options of clothing when there are many who have none.

Men – As much as men get on my nerves I do love them! I love their strength, their physicality, their masculinity, their natural leadership abilities and their God-given sensibility. I love being a woman & wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world but I do love my men!

Being African American – We represent less than 15% of the U.S. population. As much grief as this country gives us, I love my African American culture – everything from the food, the hair styles, the music, the ‘lingo’, the distinct intellect and the diversity. There is no other ethnicity like it & for that I am grateful to God for making African Americans so unique.

How was your Thanksgiving?! Is it everything you expected to be or better? Are you still spending time with your family or are you tired of them yet?! What are you looking forward to with Christmas?! I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below –

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Being Thankful On Thanksgiving

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Here are some more things that I am grateful for on Thanksgiving Day. It’s hard to narrow it down but here are my five for today:

My good looks – I know, I know. This may sound vain, but hey – if I don’t think I’m attractive, who will? Although I’m no “Halle Berry” to everyone, I certainly am grateful to God for all of His creations. (I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalms 139:14) Looking good may not mean everything, but it will always mean something.

Family – I don’t see my family nearly as often as I should, but I still love them. They are a part of who I am and who I’ve become. And although they may get on my nerves, I am grateful for my relatives (even the ones I don’t like).

Freedom in the U.S.A. – Although this country has some major issues, it is still BY FAR the best place to live in the world (Canada is a close runner up though). Having traveled abroad on several occasions, I am constantly reminded of how proud I should be to be an American. Not many others are afforded the same opportunities, rights or freedoms that we are in the States. The right to vote, the right to appeal a ‘guilty’ verdict, the freedom to express ourselves any way we choose, the freedom to carry a gun if we want and even the opportunity to open up a business anywhere we choose. America is a great place to live & for that I’m thankful!

I am not a stereotype – As an African American I have beaten the odds. I have zero children (I’m unmarried), I do not have a criminal record, I didn’t drop out of school and I am not in a rap music video. Lol! (Okay, I through that last one in there just because but hopefully you get my drift). I don’t wanna bog you down with statistics but unlike what a lot of people may think about young women, particularly women of color, I am NOT that type of woman. I am thankful that I am living my life in such a manner that others will hopefully one day look up to me, not down at me.

Good food – Today’s menu was amazing! Partially because I cooked some of the Thanksgiving meal myself but also because I realized how much I love to eat! Nothing can beat a home cooked meal with all the trimmings! I truly enjoyed my Thanksgiving dinner and am grateful to have family to share it with!

Today was Thanksgiving. What were you grateful for?!

 

Holiday Travel Sucks

With Thanksgiving here there are reportedly 43 million people traveling during this holiday weekend. I, myself, have had the misfortune of having to board a plane this holiday and similar to my last post about flying I thought I’d share more of my observances from my time in the friendly skies

  • The person sitting next to the window should not be able to control the window shade – If there are 3 people sitting on that row, a vote should be required to decide to whether or not the shade will go down or stay up. Why should someone else decide whether or not I get to see the sky & the clouds? If you don’t want to see the scenery, then switch seats with someone who does
  • Bathrooms should have a time limit – No one should be in any public restroom longer than 3 minutes! Unless you have a small child with you or you are over the age 65, what on earth are you doing in there?! I think if you are in there for longer than that the doors should unlock automatically and the lights come on so you get the hint to leave. Remember folks, this is recycled air we’re all breathing & there is no fan or deodorizer in that little closet of a bathroom, so please be mindful of others that need to use it
  • Each row should come with its own trash can – I shouldn’t have to wait until the flight attendant comes by to get rid of my garbage. Maybe there should be a little bag underneath the seat, or in the seat pocket. After all, that’s where all the trash ends up anyway, right?
  • Why is there no sunroof on the plane? – What good is it being 30,000 feet up in the air and all you can see is the wing of the plane? If we can’t look below on the ants, I mean people here on Earth, then we should at least be able to see what’s above us
  • Why does the flight attendant wear gloves? – I’ve seen a few flight attendants with little white gloves on. Why is this? Are you too good to touch the seats? Does touching my luggage offend you? Are you afraid of getting vinyl on your hands? If you’re such a nosophobic, maybe you should consider another line of work

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Overflowing With Gratitude

I, of course, couldn’t let Thanksgiving go by without mentioning giving thanks or expressing gratitude to my Lord Jesus Christ. I have lived not just to see another Thanksgiving, but to spend time with my family and enjoy quiet time  reflecting on His Word. In the book of 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5, Paul tells us to continually give thanks – “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Even if your faith isn’t strong or you don’t even believe in God but you are reading these words, you still have a lot to be grateful for.  So don’t let today be your only day of thanks. Give thanks ALWAYS.

Overflowing with Gratitude

 Thursday, November 28, 2013

 Colossians 2:6-8

The meaning of Thanksgiving has changed over the years. The name was given to our national holiday dedicated to thanking God for His protection and provision. More recently, though, ithas become synonymous with feasting, football, and family. In most homes, God probably isn’t even mentioned. But for believers, Thanksgiving is not simply a day; it’s a lifestyle. In fact, a godly person should be characterized by gratitude.

The apostle Paul teaches how we can become people who overflow with gratefulness in any circumstance. The first step is to appreciate our relationship with Christ. He chose each believer before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4) and wants us to “walk in Him” (Col. 2:6). This means acknowledging Jesus as Lord of our life and relying on Him to empower us to obey.

Next, we are to be firmly rooted in Him. This can happen only when we tap into His Word and draw nourishment from it. Then we’ll be like a tree whose roots reach down so deep that even storms cannot topple it. With this foundation, we can be built up in Christ and increasingly display His character in our attitudes, conduct, and conversation.

Finally, our faith needs to be firmly established. Then we won’t fall prey to worldly philosophies and deceptions.

Do you have a grateful spirit, or do you say “thanks” only when things are going your way? Thankfulness in all situations is possible only when you focus on the truths and promises of God’s Word. As you learn to see life from His perspective and acknowledge His loving lordship, you’ll overflow with appreciation.

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It Doesn’t Take All Day To Eat A Turkey

Another Thanksgiving Day is almost here. There won’t be any turkey at my family’s house this year, instead we’ll be eating out but I know a lot of other families will be preparing large Thanksgiving dinners. That’s all well & good, but I hope that those people don’t lose sight of what’s important during this holiday – the season of giving thanks.

Personally, it’s been a rough year for me but I still have a lot to be thankful for. Don’t worry, I won’t get into that during this post. Maybe another time or even Thanksgiving, 2015. For now, I’d like to focus on other things you could be doing on Thanksgiving Day because let’s face it, it doesn’t take all day to eat a turkey! See below:

Volunteer – If you have food to eat & family to spend the day with, then you’re better off than close to 700,000 homeless people in this country. Before (or after) feeding yourself, find time to go & help feed other people tomorrow. Look for local volunteer opportunities in your area –  

Go shopping – We all know about the great deals that go on during Black Friday. But why wait? Why not start shopping on Thanksgiving? Click here to see which stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. If you insist on joining the madness on Friday, be sure to coordinate all of your store visits by clicking here. You could even have some fun by setting up an early breakfast or luncheon after you’re done with your midnight shopping runs. Last but not least, if you’re not interested in hitting any stores this season, keep your computer running so that you can shop online. There are great deals online, some greater than what you would find in the actual stores. So stay inside where it’s warm and click away!

Get one last good workout in before eating – We all know that Thanksgiving comes & goes and leaves us with extra pounds that we didn’t ask for. Instead of waiting for the new year to begin working out why not start today? Here are some quick workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home before you sit down for dinner on Thursday:

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Crunches
  • Squatting
  • Running in place
  • Lunges
  • Planking

Collect recipes now for leftovers – Nobody likes getting stuck with a bunch of leftovers. But since that’s what always happens on Thanksgiving, you might as well learn some new ways to handle all that extra turkey. Karen Temple from The Aiken Standard wrote some tips on how to handle all the leftovers –

The practice of eating leftovers has been around since man first discovered that food gathered or hunted today could be ‘preserved’ and safely eaten tomorrow. But that’s just the thing – you want to make sure the leftovers are safe and not going to make anyone sick!

  • Since you know there are likely to be leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal, safe food handling practices become even more important. Be extremely careful that you don’t cross contaminate, taking particular care to keep items that will be eaten raw away from uncooked poultry or meat while preparing the food
  • After the meal, package and refrigerate leftovers promptly. Do not leave items on the table or kitchen counter for grazing throughout the day! Large amounts of dense foods (mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc) will cool more quickly if packaged in smaller containers for storage
  • Most leftovers can be safely stored in the refrigerator for three to four days if they have been properly handled on the front end. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases
  • If you will not be eating the leftover food within three to four days, freeze it immediately. Bacteria do grow at refrigeration temperatures (just more slowly than at room temp) so don’t store the food in the refrigerator for days before deciding to freeze it
  • Lastly, when in doubt, throw it out  

 

Clink on some of the links below for ‘leftover recipes’ –

 

Happy Turkey Day everyone!!

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