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Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


It’s the evening before Thanksgiving.  We just finished watching Hallmark’s Operation Christmas, a warm and inspirational movie about helping our military families.

Watching it made me realize a lot more of what military families go through with their loved ones not only away from home but also in very dangerous situations.  It reminded me again of how very thankful I am to them and to all military personnel for the price they pay for the freedoms our country enjoys.

I am thankful to live in a country that has such great freedoms, and for the people and families who have given so much for us to have those freedoms.

At work they asked us to put together a PowerPoint slide of what we are thankful for.  I knew most people would mention the obvious things like their families and loved ones, etc.  So I decided to mention a few other things I am thankful for:

  • My knowledge of, and relationship with, Jesus Christ
  • My job
  • Modern medicine
  • Our country
  • Animals…not bugs…animals
  • Libraries

Additionally, at the beginning of the month I put several items in my workspace showing things I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • Blessings of the harvest
  • Family sitting down together for Thanksgiving dinner
  • Animals
  • My co-workers
  • Flowers
  • Our beautiful world
  • God and Jesus Christ
  • Prayer
  • Knowing that people we at first find fault with can become our dearest friends
  • Realizing that our choice of words and the language we use tells a lot about us

We bought some battery-operated candles and set them up in our room.  They add such a nice ambiance to the room.  I am surprised, perhaps it’s because we are close to the Christmas season, and we just watched that nice movie.

I have so much to give thanks to our Father in Heaven for!

What are you thankful for?

 

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I am so thankful for my Visiting Teaching companion!

This month was moving right along.  Last month we asked each of our sisters what the best ways are to contact them.  So I put a couple of them to use.  One day I was thinking about them, so I called each and left a voice message (I didn’t catch any of them).  And I sent them Halloween cards to brighten their day.

Additionally my Visiting Teaching companion called them and left voice messages asking when a good time to stop by and visit with them would be.  She did reach one sister, had a nice little chat, but found out that there was so much going on that there would not be a good time to visit her in person this month.

My Visiting Teaching companion and I discussed what our availability was to go visit them.  There was one day we could make it, but we hadn’t heard back from them about their availability.  We reviewed what we’d done so far, and I suggested perhaps we had done enough and could not worry about trying to stop by.

My companion hesitated.  I almost ignored it and restated my thought.

But then I stopped and listened to her.  She again brought up that she thought maybe we ought to give it a try and just stop by to see if we can catch them.  I said OK.

The following day as I thought about it I felt great gratitude for my companion.  It would have been so easy to agree and say that we’d done quite a bit and surely that would be good enough this month.  But she wasn’t comfortable with that.  And I knew I shouldn’t be either.

Thank you, my companion!  🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!


English: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymo...

English: “The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

It’s very interesting to note that no matter what country you live in, or what culture you are a part of, people the world over have a day of celebration and thankfulness for a good harvest.  It doesn’t strike me as strange at all.  It is quite natural!

 

As we reach the end of the harvest season, it is natural to be grateful for the food we have to eat.  Which leads us quite easily into the next step, that of thankfulness for our many others blessings – family, friends, our home, a good job, etc.

 

And thinking about these many blessings in our lives leads us to being thankful to the Creator of all these things and of us all, our Father in Heaven, whatever name by which we know Him!

 

He has truly blessed us, His children!