Hello Sweet Cheer: Oh, Come all ye Thankful...

11.22.2011

Oh, Come all ye Thankful...

Thanksgiving is only TWO days away!
So here’s my typical-everything I’m thankful for-cliche-how much I love Jesus post!
On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving. (http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/)
What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Comment and share your Turkey Day traditions and celebrations!
As for me and my family, we always get together for a big meal. Every other year we spend the holiday with the Collier family (Mom’s side) and vice versa we spend it with the Moorman family (Dad’s side).
When we spend the holiday with my Mom’s side of the family, it’s a GIANT get together. My mom has four siblings and two of them have four kids just like our family. As you might imagine, things get pretty crazy. Everyone brings a different dish to create a huge yummy Thanksgiving feast. Also, unique to the Collier family is that we all get dressed up that day. We wear our cute fall outfits and generally snap some family photos! That’s one of my favorite parts of spending it with them. Besides the large amount of people in attendance, we also have fans of almost every Big 12 football team sprinkled through our family. The schools represented are Texas Tech (the best), A&M, UT, OU, OSU, Baylor and LSU! Anyway, all that to say that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is always fun! Lots of trash talk goes on which is always exciting!
On the other hand, when we spend the holiday with my Dad’s side of the family, it’s a much smaller gathering (though it is quickly growing as people get engaged and married)! My dad has a brother and sister and they have four and two kids respectively. Our family is there obviously and my Grandmother. So the numbers are much lower, but the football game rivalry is still strong on this side! It works pretty much the same way as the other side, the women bring all the food and make it. This Thanksgiving celebration is a little more relaxing whereas the Collier side is extremely tiring!
Both of these celebrations we participate in are always fun and hold a special place in my heart.
Through all the fun and excitement of Thanksgiving get togethers, I always try to remember what the holiday is for and how I can bring the focus back to Jesus and thank Him for all the many blessings I’ve been given. Here are a few verses on thankfulness.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 
At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments. Psalm 119:62
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2Corinthians 9:15 
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. 1Timothy 2:1 
I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand. Daniel 2:23 
One thing I noticed in reading all these verses is how each verse calls attention to a characteristic of God or a fruit in a believer. I would say giving thanks is definitely something I can do better in my daily life. Allow this holiday to remind you of the blessings God has bestowed upon you. Here are a few simple things I am thankful for.
Salvation, grace, discipleship, a supportive & loving family, good friends, material provision (shelter, food, clothes), a Christ-centered community, restoration, healing, and so much more!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Laterz.

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