I guess it would be more accurate to say Gold-fish smiles! *winks*
Posted by Olivia
Thanksgiving Day . . . sit back and think of how much planning went into it; how many menu’s were thought up and then changed, how much time was spent looking up cool place mat ideas, figuring out where everyone was going to sit and O, did we have enough matching dishes to use for fancy settings? Think of all the shopping that was done; how many separate trips were made to grab last-minute needed items, how many super-duper whopper trips to try to get everything bought at one time, and maybe even separate trips to the dollar store or Wal-Mart for cards, accessories etc. And then think of all the food preparation that took place; I know a turkey was cleaned, stuffed and cooked, there had to be a couple of pies around the place, and don’t forget the rolls, or mac & cheese, or cranberry sauce, or gravy, and all the planning that took place to have all of the food HOT and READY at the SAME time! (Much harder than it sounds!)
If I had the chance to say one word about this traditional and yummy holiday, I would ask you this; For what do we spend our time planning, shopping and cooking? To have a huge dinner and then go to bed with our stomaches full, “thankful” for the food we ate a couple of hours before? Or to gather around the table and each take a turn mentioning one thing for which we are thankful, and then forget about the “attitude of gratitude” until next year comes around?
Thanksgiving should not simply be a day for us to gather in one place and eat a huge meal together; rather, it should be an opportunity to celebrate the goodness of God together. The spirit of thanksgiving should not simply flow out of us once a year on the appointed day, rather, thanksgiving should be an attitude that is present in us at all times. It should flow out of a heart truly convinced of its need for Salvation and for a Saviour. If we are not thankful, then we must not understand how much God gave up when He sent His ONLY Son to die a horrible death in order that we, sinful and God-hating as we are, might live with Him forever. We must not understand how many new mercies we are given each and every morning. We must not appreciate God’s absolute holiness, yet His love in reaching out to redeem us. If we are not truly thankful all the time, we must not understand who God is and what He is about!
One of my favorite quotes comes from Robert Louis Stevenson:
“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”
How true this is! If we truly understand God and His sacrifice, Thanksgiving day will merely be an opportunity to gather together and share our thanksgiving with one another. The Bible tells to “give thanks always”. ALWAYS. All the time, no matter what comes or goes, no matter what happens or doesn’t happen. There is no exception with the word always. It means always. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow because we know who holds the future. And we don’t have to worry about what happened yesterday, because He holds it in His hand. When we fix our eyes on Jesus, everything falls into place. It may not work out according to our desires, but can’t we trust the One who gave Himself up for us? And if we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will be super-duper WHOLLY filled with a desire to praise Him for the rest of our existence! We will be in awe of His Holiness, His mercy, His grace, His compassion, His love, His plan, His redemption, HIM. And when we can see His character on display like that, we will be continually thankful. It won’t be a feeling once a year. It will be an attitude of gratitude that characterizes us.
I don’t know about you, but just in writing this post I have been challenged! We have so much to be thankful for. I encourage to record three things in your journal each day that you are thankful for. In just one year, you will have recorded 1,095 things! Even if we were to do this for the rest of our lives, we could never mention every single gift we have been given. Our family, friends, talents, abilities, personalities, and LIVES are all gifts from Him. Let’s fall before Him and ask Him to cultivate in us, a true and sincere ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.
Posted by Olivia
Well, it has been a long time since I posted something on the blog! I am so grateful for my sisters who were faithful to post updates and help people to see that we truly were alive, but absolutely busy
Since I shared the Apple-butter post, things have been crazy busy around here! Not only does the normal school, farm chores, house cleaning and meal preparation have to go on, but additional events such as birthday parties, organ//piano recitals, farmers markets, and visits with extended family add to the fun of Autumn, if not the craziness. And besides the social life, the family needs to continue spending time together and growing relationships. It is the small things that matter; reading books together, preparing desserts together, trying out hairstyles together, exercising together, eating meals together, laughing together, getting pictures together and the list could go on forever.
Yesterday, we girls enjoyed a shopping trip with Nan and mom. We shopped, ate lunch together, and made some new memories!
And then the other day, Dad called me outside to watch the younger children play in the last of this fall’s leaves. We had so much fun!
Take the time to invest in things that matter! As we come into one of the busiest seasons of the year, don’t let yourself get so caught up in the joy and wonder of Christmas so that you forget to do what matters most – invest in your siblings, invest in your parents, invest in your friends, take the time to do something together, write a little note of encouragement to a friend, spend some time in prayer for those who are struggling, look for ways to help the moms in your church, organize some games for the younger children around you, continually smile and brighten people’s day. I guarantee you, they will remember that more than the Christmas dinner that took three days to prepare for. They will grow to love you, respect you, appreciate you, wonder how they lived without you and look for ways to bless you in return!
“And let us not grow weary in well-doing: for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9)
Posted by Olivia
Hello to all of our readers!
Leave us a comment and tell us what you think about our new blog theme! The search for a theme that meets our needs, expectations and personal preferences has been an on-going process, but we are hoping that this will be “the one!”
And isn’t the snow just fantastic for winter time?
Posted by Elise and Olivia
The Kings blooming Rose is a magazine put out by Sarah Bryant for young ladies who want to grow in their walk with Jesus. It is a wonderful source of encouragement! We Meggs girls get her magazine and we really like it! To find out more about Sarah Bryant and her ministry, visit www.kingsbloomingrose.com
She is having a giveaway which includes two of the books she has written, a calendar, a cookbook and a one year subscription for the magazine. To enter this giveaway, click on this link: http://forum.kingsbloomingrose.com/current/joyful-maidens-set-giveaway/
You will see more options provided to get more than one entry!
Go ahead …. check it out young ladies!
Posted by Elise (for all the girls)
Hip-Hip-Hooray, Hip-Hip-Hooray, Hip-Hip-Hooray!!
I am so happy to announce that last night, we finished the patio in the back of the house! Of course, there is still the clean-up to be done, and some sand to sweep in the cracks, but the last stone was laid last night! (And of course, everything else seems minor.)
The patio represents countless Saturday’s, lots of thought, spreading and leveling sand (literally) a hundred times, months worth of work – a little here and a little there – cutting stones to the right size, laying stones and then taking them up because they weren’t level, and so much more. It wasn’t Dad’s project; the patio was a family project. It took all of us to get the supplies ordered, the sand leveled, the stones in place, the special saw rented to cut the stones etc. Each person had a job and if you weren’t part of the stone laying team, you were on the sand leveling team, and if you didn’t make it to that, you brought drinks and snacks to those working! And even as I type, my younger siblings are picking up the tools and leftover stones to make the patio look nicer. In short, we needed every single team member for the project!
We would also like to thank the our church body for coming out and giving us a Saturday to lay the ground work and carry the heavy stones for the patio …. it is highly debatable who did the harder work
Also, we owe so much to Jesus for giving us the finances to start the job and for granting us the health and ability to finish it!
As you can see, the place needs a little work and we hope to get some soil dumped and plant some flowers or bushes ….. but, the last stone is laid and so technically, the patio is done
The future “camp-fires”, s’mores, singing, conversations, Bible reading and quoting, playing, laughing, cookie eating and hot chocolate drinking, story telling, play acting …. and everything else you can do on a patio, leads us to say:
THANK YOU LORD!
Posted by Olivia