I’m about to unplug for a little bit to focus on my family but wanted to leave you with little note before I do.
Image by Jill Wellington
Dear Southern Plate Family,
As we reflect back during the year while celebrating Thanksgiving 2020, we can all agree, this year has brought about many changes in everyone’s lives. Some we may have anticipated, but many we probably did not. Many have wanted to wish this year away. Wanting to get it over with as soon as possible.
That is definitely a normal reaction and common.
But to keep our focus on the difficult times only moves us away from our ability to see the blessings. No guilt is necessary when we do find ourselves focusing on wishing things were the way they once were or to hurry up and get to better times. However, when we find ourselves moving in that direction even though it sure isn’t easy, to keep ourselves moving forward, it’s so important to focus on what we are thankful for right now AND be hopeful for the future. We are all human and aren’t perfect so sometimes we need reminders, like Thanksgiving to help shift our sights back on what we actually have in our lives right now that we are truly thankful for.
Paul reminds us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). And James also adds, ‘Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3)
So I hope this Thanksgiving for you is a special time for you to focus on what you have right now even if it’s less than last year… and that you find gratitude in your heart while being hopeful for the future.
I know one big thing I am thankful for is this year has brought me closer to you, the Southern Plate Family. My heart is full as I remind myself of that glorious blessing.
If you’d like to place what you are thankful this year, please do so in the comments.