Countdown to Thanksgiving. Wait...it's over?
And I still have three more letters! Who's idea was this anyway? What was I thinking? Like I'd have time to ponder letters and meanings and download photos and make little black and white letters on my phone app at two in the morning with no glasses on....I mean what came over me? I know.....
I ponder the situation and I realize that it gives me joy sharing ideas, and hints, and tips that help people in the kitchen. It's fun when a new discovery makes life's mundane tasks a little simpler; a little more beautiful.
It gives me joy when others are happy.
"They broke bread in their houses and ate together with sincere hearts."
In today's culture, if we can gather around the table once a day it is an accomplishment in and of itself. Growing up on the farm, our daily routine revolved around the dinner table and coffee. A typical summer day went something like this:
Breakfast 7:00 a.m.
Lunch 9:30 a.m.
Dinner 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 3:30 p.m.
Supper 7:00 p.m.
Coffee 10:00 p.m.
How my parents got anything done is still a bit of a mystery to me.
I knew when I officially became a farm wife and eventually a mother, I was going spend time in the kitchen.
In the kitchen.
So I declared myself the CEO of the cookstove. It's a title I gladly accepted. We have to eat so might as well try making it taste good. And cooking was a way to recreate the kind of table atmosphere I experienced as a child. Being one of five children growing up on a farm, "time to eat" meant more than filling our stomachs; it was a time for:
I loved coming to the table. It was like our family base. Every time I came to it was like coming to home plate.
And when I reached it, I was safe.
So with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas knocking on our door, the last three letters are:
What is your "ing"?
"Ing"- denoting a verbal action,
I know I've talked about Thanksgiving and being passionate about table setting and food and decorating and showing hospitality. Maybe that's not your gift or your passion. And that's ok. God has given you certain gifts and passions and dreams and you are to do them well. Doing with excellence shows others who Jesus is.
....in a way that glorifies God?
"In all things whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
When we do these things to honor Him our perspective changes. It gets our mind off of ourselves. The "ing" becomes not about me or the table or the food or the decorations, but about Him. We are image bearING Jesus to others. Doing these things well for Christ, gives us joy in the journey of life.
God desires you to have joy; His joy. Not human joy, but God's indescribable everlastING joy.
"These things I age spoken to you, that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full.
This Christmas may you seek Him and experience His joy that Christ longs to give you through His Son Jesus.
So friends, I thank you for reading. It has been an opportunity to share what's on my heart. To be honest I didn't know I had something to share until this idea came into my head. And you know, every time I sat down to write, something different than what I intended landed on the paper. I wasn't always sure where it was going but It was fun and I hope you had fun reading and were blessed in some way too. Maybe you even learned a helpful hint or two that you can use at your next Thanksgiving table.
Merry Christmas everyone!
May you find your joy in Him this season.
JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS COME!