Monday, November 21, 2011

Building a Home at Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving rush is on and we are bombarded with images of the perfect turkey and the perfect Thanksgiving table--but  we need to remember what is most important this time of  year. It is easy to feel pressured with the demands of what the season dictates but there there is definitely a greater goal to be sought.

We need to know that the point of all this preparation is not to impress our guests or family members but to share our hearts of gratefulness and build relationships.

If we are busy rushing around, hurrying, ignoring and even becoming cross at our family members then we are not achieving our goals of building our home or having a successful holiday.

We need to relish the time--part of the Thanksgiving or any holiday experience is the preparing. We want our families to remember having great memories even preparing for Thanksgiving and having the heart of joy and servanthood as we do this. We do not want memories of stress-but instead, we must remain calm and seek the Lord. Remembering that the ultimate goal is to serve and love on those relationships around us--and share the love of Christ with them.

We need to be...HUSHED AND NOT RUSHED... during the holidays. So this year I want you to cement in your mind with me, not what the world  focuses on this time of  year, but the things the Lord would have you reflect on:

Sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Being in awe of all the wonder around you.

Enjoying and be in the minute of everything.

Not allowing ourselves to be robbed of the joy these holidays have the potential to provide.

Building strong relationships and reaching the hearts of those around you.

Loving eachother because the days are short.

Taking time to reflect on the special meaning of this day and...

Ask the Lord to show you how to make your celebration special and different this year from year's past. How can you improve on it? How can you love others more? Can you give out more hugs--more smiles--more grace? Share words of healing and forgiveness? Breathe refreshing life into the home? Make a difference in someone else's life?

May the Lord bless you all, each and every single one of you, as you prepare your home AND  your heart for this special day--Happy Thanksgiving!


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Quiltingranny said...

Amen! The few Thansgivings we had without children, my husband and I would travel and eat at some cozy restaurant along the way.

Mrs.C said...

Such a wise reminder! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings to your family this Thanksgiving!!!

Mrs. Stam said...

great post

Alisa said...

Thank you June for such timely advice. With only days left, until Thanksgiving, I am reminded to slow down and absorb the richness of this sweet time that I will never get back. It is fleeting. I will prepare Him room! The most important things in this house are the people! Bless you, sweet lady!

Josie said...

Thanks so much for this post! I really needed it. I am going to relax, and enjoy everything. I am not going to worry about everything being perfect. Thank you June. :)

Cindy at Guthrie Farms said...

Mrs. June,
Thank you for this post today; although we are not having Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year (we are celebrating at my uncle's house this year), we have been doing a lot of updating in preparation for the Christmas season. It's easy to be short with everyone with the house in chaos. Thanks for the gentle reminder to keep my priorities in order.

Hope said...

Thank you for these words. I think I was about to go off in the wrong direction but your post has helped to bring me back to the right place. Blessings!

Karen said...

I just want to say I enjoy your blog and your posts, especially this one. I have never commented here before, but I have been meaning to for some time. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well and thank you for the great reminders!

Gabe said...

Thank you for the lovely post! This is the first time in about 10 years that I'm not making Thanksgiving dinner. I'm missing some of it, but enjoying the other preparations and "extra" free time with my children!

Anonymous said...

Thank You for this timely reminder! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Mrs. Fuentes!!!
Sarah Lownsbery

sarah said...

Yes, this is good advice.
I have so much to do today for preparations for tomorrow.
One thing that will help is putting the Bible on CD while I work, singing hymns and praying for those who will be coming.
I love your encouraging thoughts, thank you!
God bless you!

Mrs. E said...

Wonderful post, Mrs. Fuentes! :)
Thank you!!

Love & Blessings~ Miss Jen

Becky Holmes said...

Just found your blog...thank you and what a blessing and encouragement!! Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and blessed thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

Wonderful post! I am guilty! thank you for the reminder!! Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Mrs.L said...

Wow! Wonderful wise words that exalt our Savior!
Blessings to you and your family for a Christ centered

Heather Rae said...

Hushed and not rushed... I love that. Exactly what I'm trying to achieve.


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