Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of the year to share with family and friends. As I have heard many times over the years, Thanksgiving should not be set aside for one particular day...it should be celebrated every day.
I have been so blessed in my short 27 years on this earth and I am going to attempt to write the things I am thankful for:
A Christian boyfriend who surpasses my greatest expectations.A Daddy & Moma who are constanly thinking of others instead of themselves; who have taught me that being a Christian is not a "religion" but a lifestyle; who have taught me to have a Servant's Heart in everything I do.Christian brothers and sisters who have wonderful families of their own.Christian Grandparents, who although they are up in years, they still Serve the Lord, even if it means having church while sitting on the couch listening to Holly Springs Morning Worship Service on the radio.My niece and nephew who continually remind me that the little things are the most precious in life.Matt's family who are my family as well, who love me and accept me for who I am.My TeamKids at Windy Gap. They are the grandest little kids I've ever had the joy of teaching on Wednesday night.My fantastic church family, who offer love and support.My job where I have learned so much in the year and half I've been here.Wonderful friends who are always there when I need them most.There are many, Many, MANYmore things that I am thankful for, but there is no way that I could ever list them all.
In past years (especially during my high school and college years), my family has spent Thanksgiving with people who have been struck by a natural disaster. Most of the time it was spent in Griftin, NC which was a town that was hit by flooding from a hurricane in the mid/late 90s. Then in recent years, my parents especially, have spent their Thanksgivings with the victims & volunteers of Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, MS. Only the last couple of years have we had Thanksgiving as a family in our home.
I know that during the holidays, I am caught up with the worldly things and seem to focus in on my crazy schedule and trying to pack everything into a short few weeks. And although I like to believe that I am a giving person, I find that I can ALWAYS give/do more for others and think less of myself.
I have plans to give my time on Thanksgiving Day to those who are less fortunate than myself. My prayer for you is that not only during this holiday season, but all year long, you look for ways to share the love of Christ by having a Servant's Heart.
"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in." Matthew 25:35