Yesterday I spent all afternoon playing in chocolate and creating some of the things I have seen on Pinterest.
I would really love it if all my grandchildren lived close by because I have some need inside to create which spills over into these food related items and I think little kids get a kick out of them (or maybe it's just this big kid who does). But alas, the grandkids don't live nearby, but, I do have the blessing of having married a man with aunts, uncles, cousins, and a brother who has two sons with wives and children who do live nearby so I now have victims.
After spending the day concocting, Bob and I went over the river and through the woods (really) to deliver our goodies and have short visits with family. Always a good thing. After arriving home my little dog was with me in the kitchen and was being particularly cute. I told her how grateful I was to have her. I also had to tell her that I couldn't believe that I would ever being saying this to a dog because all of my adult life until Bob I have mostly had cats. It's all Bob's fault I must say. He came with Abby the pitbull and we have since acquired Tika the Boston terrorist.
Right after telling Tika how grateful I was to have her in my life she asked to go outdoors to go potty. Now she is supposed to stay in her yard and not wander out to any of the pastures but wander she did and when she came in I then had to tell her she had been a bad dog. A blessing and a pain in the butt all rolled into one! But wait, isn't that how most blessings are ???? Think about it. Something happens, sometimes not so wonderful and then a good thing comes from it....voila', a blessing. Personally, I love just the blessing part if I could have it without the trouble, but it is just like the thought that if you never knew darkness, you would not appreciate having light so much as you do.
On this day we set aside to give thanks, I have the usual things to be thankful for and yet so much more. Some of it I can't even put into words. It is just felt in my heart. I am not alone in this, as people all over the United States are feeling as I do at this moment. Maybe they are not as sentimental as I am, maybe more so. Some will be alone and for many, gatherings of family and friends, great food, great times, great love.....Gratitude. There will also be the flip side, those in darkness for whatever reason that feel as though they have nothing to give thanks for. I send them my prayers and hope that even the tiniest prick of light enters, gives them hope and provides a blessing to be thankful for.
So how much thankfulness is enough? Whatever it is for you, just like taking a plate of seconds...have just a bit more. It's good for you!!
In everything give thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:18