It’s that time of year – Thanksgiving! I read somewhere once that Thanksgiving dinner takes an average of 18 hours to prepare, and an average of 12 minutes to eat. Hardly seems worth it, does it? Yet, every year, we plan a huge dinner with a huge turkey (smoking, broiling, frying…so many options!), dressing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole (whoever thought of putting cream of mushroom soup and fried onions with green beans should be considered for sainthood), corn pudding, squash, and any other number of things largely depending on where you live.
It’s easy to turn your mind and your heart towards thankfulness because it’s right there in the name. We bow our heads and listen to a family member recite an eloquent prayer before stuffing our faces. Twelve minutes later, we’re unbuttoning our pants, watching football and the talk has already moved on to Christmas shopping.
“’Enough’ is a feast.”
Thankfulness should be a part of our everyday thought process, the path that our thoughts immediately take. This doesn’t happen with me. Does it with you? This is something I aspire to, but always seem to fall short. It is a personal goal to write in my prayer journal every day, and before I write anything else, I list at least three things that I’m thankful for. It seems like I leave it there, though. I tend to be a pretty cynical person by nature, so my thoughts seem to automatically go that way.
I came up with 52 different categories to help direct my thinking. 52 categories for 52 weeks in the year (eh, see what I did there?). The first category is Thanksgiving memories (click here for the free printable). Each week, a new prompt will be here, or you can sign up to receive a list in your email each week! It’s free!