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Creating a Centerpiece of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has become an important part of my life, and I practice it beyond just a few weeks in November. In today’s turmoil, it is easy for me to mull over the things that are going wrong, and I struggle to recall the good. Just before Thanksgiving, my kids once again experienced the disruption of in-person school by the 2020 nemesis known as COVID-19. Frustration builds as it continues to wreak havoc on family and friends getting together in person. To add to all of that, my poor daughter has been swabbed three times, all with negative results. Even as complaining ensues, I seek thanksgiving as the constant remedy for a spiraling attitude.

I seek to recognize God's promises, provision, and purpose for my life. The political angst, constant battle with illness, and yes, even COVID-19, shrink in comparison. Giving God daily praise for the good things He has established in my life yields even more positive thoughts. As a result, I engage my sphere of influence, and look for connection and opportunity rather than remaining closed off from solutions. Focusing on praise even changes how I feel physically. So, as I take my thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), I practice giving thanks.

I would like to take this moment right now to thank God for His fulfilled promises in my life.

Thank you, God, for:

· The growth happening in my family’s faith.

· How my husband has been guiding and helping us navigate COVID-19 with faith and peace

· Helping me learn to love my neighbors more deeply, and in small and big ways

· How my children are spending time in scripture and asking good questions

· Discipline, resources, and hope offered through time with my church family

· That we have enough to eat

· Laughter

· The physical Therapist rehabbing my foot