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Stove Top Stuffing….Simply Following Jesus

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:3-6.

Stove Top Stuffing….Simply Following Jesus

On my drive to work the other day I was listening to a local Christian radio station, and the hosts were talking about ways to simplify Thanksgiving Day. I’ve decided to apply one of their ideas. Here’s the simpPink Stuffle tip: Make only tried and true dishes that everyone enjoys. And instead of adding new recipes to the menu simply make larger portions of those “oldies but goodies.” You know–sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, Pink Stuff (the Fletcher’s name for fruit and coolwhip salad), and pumpkin pies. This not only keeps the cooking simple, it also keeps the grocery bill down. Of course, don’t forget the turkey and dressing. A friend of mine said that she always uses the box stuffing mix, and just adds some broth from the turkey, to give it that “homemade” taste.

Simplifying the Thanksgiving Day meal, in theory at least, is probably much easier to do than simplifying the overall family gathering. For instance, when you have grown children who are married and have the other side of the family to consider, it can become a little stressful in determining which home to eat the big meal at, or whether or not to rotate homes from year to year, etc. I’m sure there have been some major family feuds over this one! This is definitely not the case for us. My husband and I have repeatedly told our children that we are completely fine having the meal whenever, and with whoever wants to join us or not. Let’s just keep the peace and be thankful for the blessings we have year round, not just on Thanksgiving Day.

After writing in my blog now for over a year, I’ve decided to take some time off, at least until the beginning of the New Year. The reason for this is so that I can take to heart and put into practice the thoughts I’ve so passionately been writing about. Sometimes I believe It’s much easier to write about ways to be intentional in living out one’s faith in Christ, than it is to actually live them out! I guess I’ve been a little convicted lately from reading my journal entries.

For instance, the Holy Spirit recently laid several people on my heart and mind. Without going into any specifics, I have realized that even though I have taken time to pray for these dear ones, I haven’t done anything else. My excuses: I’m too tired, I don’t have the time, does God really want me to do that?

So, starting today, I am going to intentionally stop writing in my blog. And prayerfully I will begin to follow-up with people God places on my heart. It’s not so much that I think this will give me any extra time, because journaling doesn’t really take up much of my time, and it definitely doesn’t require me to give up any sleep. I do believe this is what God is asking me to do. And I truly want to follow His lead.

I pray that all of my blogger friends will be blessed by God’s holy presence on Thanksgiving Day. 

Intentionally following Jesus,

Charmé

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 11: 51 am - in Family Time, Seasonal Celebrations, Serving Jesus

 

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Thanksgiving and Communion

 

The word “Communion” signifies the binding together or the unity desired as part of this sacrament. The root of this word is the Greek word koinonia meaning, “fellowship.” Christ-followers live in community with God and others. The word “Eucharist” signifies the celebratory and thanksgiving aspects of the sacrament. The root word eucharistein meaning, “to be thankful.” The time of Eucharist was not sober and somber, but rather joyous and celebratory. Communion is also a time of commemoration. We call it the “Lord’s Supper” because Jesus started this meal shortly before His crucifixion. As the body of believers partake in the sacrament of communion, we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving — Just as Jesus broke bread and gave thanks with His first disciples, and as the pilgrims offered their praise in 1621, we also celebrate and give thanks to God, our Father, for His gracious and sufficient provisions.

Family Time — Read stories of the first Thanksgiving with your family. Talk about how life can be difficult at times, as it was with the first Pilgrim settlers and with the Israelites during their bondage in Egypt. Allow time for children to express difficult times in their own lives, and then remind them of God’s unfailing love and provisions in their lives. Read together the song of Thanksgiving that was sung by the Israelites as they were delivered from Pharaoh’s army after crossing the Red Sea. (Exodus 15)  As a family, write a song of Thanksgiving to the Lord and read it together on Thanksgiving Day.

Recommended Resource for Teaching Children the Sacrament of Communion:  So…You Want to Take Communion?  Published by:  Word Action (Nazarene Publishing House)

Fletcher Family Thanksgiving Traditions:  We place several kernels of corn by each table setting and then everyone takes turns placing a kernel in a basket while giving God thanks for something/someone in their life. Last year, our daughter Jennifer made a table cloth for the Thanksgiving meal. After finishing our feast, every family member from the youngest to the oldest wrote their names and something they were thankful for, along with the date. We now pass the table cloth to the host home each Thanksgiving and continue the tradition. Jennifer traced the hands of our little ones. There are so many great ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family, but the most important by far, is to simply spend quality time in prayer and praise to our Creator and Heavenly Father.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 2: 47 pm - in Faith At Home

 

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