Giving Thanks in 2015

There is a lot to give thanks for in the year 2015. I’ve been practicing thankfulness every day in my meditation times and I can really feel it making a difference in my outlook. I try to do it first thing when I wake up in the morning, even if it’s just one simple thought or prayer.  “Thank you for my healthy babies asleep in their warm beds,” is one I say a lot.

Whatever is happening that day, it always makes me focus immediately on the fact that I live a really good life.  (“You got a good life!  You got a good life!” -Michael Scott doing Prison Mike…)

This scripture was in my heart all during the month of November:

“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Oh, fear the Lord you, His saints.  There is no want to those who fear him.  The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”  Psalm 34:8-10.   (“Young lions” is an emblem of power, self-resource and well, a metaphor for “rich people.”  Ya know…if you were wondering like I was.)

This year we hosted at our house, but I didn’t have to cook the bird.  (HEY there’s something to be thankful for!)   My brother and sister-in-law provided the most delicious turkey I’ve probably ever eaten while I got to make pies and decorate tables.  Win-win for everyone.  This year’s top three favorite dishes in order:  turkey, corn casserole (why have I never made this?), pecan pie.

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The ol’ brass luminaries and my trusty roll of butcher paper made their way out.  As well as David’s grandmothers cloth napkins and the Mason jars, since all drinks taste better out of a jar.  We had a small group this year, so real plates and goblets it was!  And of course, I wrangled up a game of Scrabble afterwards, because who can have pie without scrabble?

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I have a friend who lives on some family property between Winters and Davis who let me loose with clippers on some of her beautiful regional plants!  I got bunches of eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary and acacia leaves for my table.  (And a vision for my front yard!)  My house smelled amazing for days.  I had a huge bag of bright coral persimmons from my tree, but all the silvery green was just to pretty to break up!

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On the subject of tables and thankfulness, I was recently invited to an If Table.  Have you heard of this before?  The idea is: two hours, four questions, six women.  It’s a monthly event that offers the space and conversation-starting resources for women to dive deep together into Christ-centered conversations.

I actually wanted to host one, but in this current season I knew deep down it would be too much.  I decided to just let myself relax and attend!  It was nothing short of wonderful.  Really, it was everything I’d always wanted my women’s Bible studies and small groups to be!  We got vulnerable and dug into some real issues, laughed, showed each other pictures of our kids, and ate food.  It was legit.  And good for my heart.  Our next one is coming up soon and I can’t wait!

Anyone anywhere can start an If Table!  Here is the information.  Pretty simple, huh?  If this seems like something you’d like to do, I would definitely encourage you to say yes.

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