Thanksgiving – a Way of Life!

Thankfulness has little to do with what I own.

Thankfulness is more than spending the 18 hours that it normally takes a person to plan, prepare, and serve a Thanksgiving meal.

Being thankful is when I look into my life, at the blessings that I have been bestowed, and I take the time to cultivate a grateful heart.

It’s when I offer up thanksgiving for my needs being met, more than most fanciful desires.

Being thankful creates a compassionate heart, and helps one realize that nothing that we have is ours alone.

“The bread that is spoiling in your house belongs to the hungry. The shoes that are mildewing under your bed belong to those who have none. The clothes stored away in your trunk belong to those who are naked. The money that depreciates in your treasury belongs to the poor.”
(St. Basil the Great, the fourth-century Bishop of Caesarea)

My prayer this Thanksgiving is that this day will be more than a holiday.

That it will be a way of life.

That in being thankful we will gain a new perspective, giving us a tender heart and an ability to see the needs of others, and the courage to reach out.

(On a lighter note, I’m thankful that our family actually had a fun time taking these pictures last weekend. There was no yelling or trying to get the perfect pose – do you suppose it’s because our kids are growing up? Oh, and I’m thankful for our pets. They bring our family great joy – Haggis, Filly and Hobbes.)

38 comments on “Thanksgiving – a Way of Life!”

  1. What a beautiful photo. You guys timed that just right. I sure do miss the rogue valley. My mom-in-law just came to visit and now I am home sick to go back (your pics don’t help either!!).
    Blessings,
    Debbie aka The Real World Martha

  2. My goodness that fall color is beautiful in the last picture!

  3. Sandy,
    Thanks for visiting Delights of the Heart. It is always fun to have someone from Oregon visit. I use to have relatives in Rogue River, but didn’t know them.

  4. What wonderful family pictures!

  5. Sweet pictures, and glad to hear it gets easier as they get older, we really need another family picture.

  6. What a beautiful family & a GREAT picture. It sounds like you had a great photo session :)

  7. Beautiful post, and a beautiful family! I feel so blessed this Thanksgiving too!

  8. Your blog is beautiful. Thanks for visiting mine.

    Going to read more now while my yams cook. FINALLY having our Thanksgiving gathering tonight.

  9. Sandy you are adorable! I am so glad that you stopped by, so that I can get to know you! I will visit you often…I love what I see here!

  10. Love the quote…something we should all have posted somewhere that we see everyday to remind us not to hold onto things we don't need!
    Thanksgiving wished are sent your way!!
    Karla & Karrie

  11. Happy Thanksgiving Sandy!

    The family photos are wonderful!

  12. Beautiful photos and post, Sandy!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Blessings,
    Melissa

  13. Great picture of the family….

    Love the name “Hobbes”….maybe cause my maiden name is “HOBBS”..

    I pray your Thanksgiving was blessed!

    Julie

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