This Thanksgiving season things are a bit different for me and my husband and it is making things more relaxed and enjoyable.
A Change of PlansThanksgiving is on Thursday, but my husband and I decided to have our Thanksgiving yesterday, on Sunday. Even though it is just the two of us and we weren't planning on having any company over, we decided on Saturday to move our Thanksgiving to Sunday.
I have mentioned before that I am a list maker, so I had already started the menu and shopping list for Thursday, and I had already made a to-do list for getting out all of our Christmas decorations, and where I wanted everything to go. I am working on Thursday, so I was planning out the timing of everything too.
What a relief it was when I suggested to my husband that if the turkey had unthawed by Sunday morning, I would fix it and then he would have all the food he wanted for the week. He agreed and so that became our new plan for the holiday.
On Sunday, by the time my husband was ready for breakfast, I had already started getting the decorations out, organizing them and decorating. I made him his favorite breakfast and we watched Andy Stanley's Sunday morning service.
This Sunday Andy's presentation was on the subject of showing people in our communities that God loves them, and not missing out on the opportunity to be extraordinarily generous. Jeff Foxworthy is the guest during this service and it was the perfect topic for our "Thanksgiving Day."
After the Sunday morning service, my husband and I started talking about a time when we had served people in our community in the past and how we had gotten lazy and stopped. We talked about how our service benefited those we served. We also discussed how serving others made us feel. The feeling of peace and joy that we have both felt when we served others is wonderful and it is a feeling that lasts for more than an hour or two.
We made the decision to start budgeting our time and resources and get back to the business of serving others.
The rest of our day was very relaxed and enjoyable. I made lunch with all of Mark's favorites. He brought out the Christmas tree and put it up at a leisurely pace and put the lights on it. We watched, "The Town that Christmas Forgot", "The Tree that Saved Christmas", "Elf", and "Coming Home for Christmas". I ended the day talking with my parents for about two hours.
Changing Your Mindset
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth . . . . Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:17a, 18Living with one or more autoimmune disorders can cause us to turn our focus inward instead of outward. My challenge to myself is to turn my focus to the part of my community where I feel I can do the most good and it won't burden me physically. I don't think that will be a problem, because I'm getting energy from thinking and planning out what it is we are going to do as a couple. Getting a boost of emotional energy will sustain me and give what I need to move forward.
7 Ways to Serve Your Community
- Serve at a local soup kitchen or food bank.
- Volunteer at the local animal shelter, rescue group, or humane society.
- Create care packages. Visit the Dollar Tree for great ideas.
- Visit people you don't know in the hospital with a balloon and flower.
- Provide the music for a Sunday service in the chapel of a retirement home.
- Reach out to a neighbor in need.
- Crochet baby caps for newborn babies at the local hospital. Here is the pattern I use for this project.
PREEMIE (TO FIT 12″ CIRCUMFERENCE):R1: ch 3; 10 dc in the 3rd chain from the hook; sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R3: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in the next st) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R4: ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R5-R8: repeat R4  R9: 1 sl st (loosely as this is a decorative edge) in each st around, finish off and weave in ends 
NEWBORN (TO FIT 13.5″ CIRCUMFERENCE):R1: ch 3; 10 dc in the 3rd chain from the hook; sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R3: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in the next st) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R4: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts) 5 x, 1 dc in each remaining st around; sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R5: ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join  R6-R9: repeat R5  R10: 1 sl st (loosely as this is a decorative edge) in each st around, finish off and weave in ends  Click here to watch a tutorial.
Action Steps:When you serve, you can influence your community in positive ways. Get ready, because serving will have an even bigger influence on you. What can you do to serve others? Think about your:
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