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Giving Back May Give Me a Breakdown

Monday, November 19, 2012

This Thanksgiving, I felt the need to do something different. My parents live in N.Y. and I rarely see them on Holidays ( well, never, actually). Like every dinner, it consists of myself, my hubby, and 4 kids, plus 2 dogs that smell the feast cooking and drool for hours. So every Turkey Day is the same. I start cooking the evening before. Then get up bright and early to continue cooking, with the end result being a gorgeous dinner that we eat too much of, feel stuffed, and to be honest, I never feel very appreciated. The end result is feeling full, and yet, still feeling empty.

This past few months, I faced life challenges that made me see the world a little different. There are times in your life that you find out who your real friends are, who you can depend on, and realize some people just disappoint you. I have always had faith in God, but this year, I am so grateful to Him, for all he has given me. As a Christian, we learn that when we serve Him, we worship Him. This year, I thought we would worship Him, by giving back to the community, and help feed the homeless a Thanksgiving meal.

Problem? Close friends kinda invited themselves to spend Turkey Day together at my home. Not wanting to hurt their feelings, I explained this year we were giving back, but maybe we could do Thanksgiving dinner the night before, so Thursday would still be open to carry out my plan. Honestly, I didn't think they would take the bait, but they called my bluff, and so now I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday. Wednesday night, I have to put a 20 pounder in the oven to feed the less fortunate, plus a sweet potato casserole. Oh but gets better. After we gather at the church, portion out meals in containers, and deliver them, we are sitting down to a Thanksgiving brunch together. I have to bring a ham, and french toast casserole for that too.

Can I do this? All things are possible through Him. And this year, I am Thankful for many things. One, is a husband that is home, healthy, and so supportive, I couldn't be a more blessed wife. Another is a 13 year old daughter that's skipping school to help me cook. She's thinking of a culinary program in a local High School next near. This will give her a taste of what's to come. I'm thankful for having 4 children that are willing to give up their Holiday, to help others
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    Most people find me different because I no longer put any stock into Government Appt Holidays that are full of paganism an commercialism, not to mention stress and frustration.
    I find that Jesus is the reason for every season, and I am convinced that is why The Almighty God did not put a date anywhere to His Son's birth. Jesus did ask us to memorialize his death, but He did not mention anything about making a big to do about a Birthday Celebration for Him involving a great deal of commerialism and paganism. (which GOD hates)
    I do not know why we need an appt date to be Thankful either. Be thankful and count your blessing everyday. The needy and less fortunate are out there 365 days a year.
    So as true Christians, and following Jesus and not the World we can give anytime of the year.
    1963 days ago
    How did everything turn out?
    1968 days ago
    1969 days ago
    I feel that giving back to the community is so much more satisfying than stuffing yourself all day too. Good for you and I know you have the stamina to get through it and will be so glad you did!

    Most of all our so fortunate in life it's a great time to give back.
    1975 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    You do have an awesome family!
    Good luck!
    1978 days ago
    You can do it, Lilly! What a wonderful idea to be helping out others as a way to give thanks for your blessings. I agree that your friends should at least be considerate enough to offer to bring dishes to the dinner they have obligated you to host for them. And, who knows, maybe they would be willing to help alongside you on T-day! Otherwise, if you want to do all of this yourself, I am sure you will do a superb job. Many blessings to you and your family!
    1978 days ago
    There is no greater joy than being able to help those who have nothing or very little. You will be blessed more than they will be. As for your friends that are coming Wednesday night, invite them to come with you as you serve the homeless They will be blessed as well.
    1978 days ago
    I think your friends should be grateful for you. If they are friends that feel they are close enough to invite themselves to your home for T'giving, then they're close enough for you to be honest with them and tell them how stressed you are, and how this is just too much work for you. Instead of cooking them a dinner on Wednesday ask them to join in with you and give back to the community on Thursday. Delegate jobs... this one cooks a casserole, this one provides the cranberry sauce.
    You deserve to enjoy the blessings as well.
    1978 days ago
    Thanksgiving is a lot more than being thankful for the big turkey on the table. Nothing can make you more thankful for the blessing that you have than helping out the less fortunate.

    Make Today a Great Day!
    1978 days ago
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