Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope you’re preparing for a relaxing/fun time with family and friends as we give thanks for all the Lord has blessed us with.  I also understand the craziness that comes with either entertaining or being entertained by loved ones.  Somewhere along the way actions and words may be painful to watch or hear.  Can I encourage you to throw a pie at them when it happens?  ?
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Actually, don’t waste a good pie…  It’s hard, I know but try to keep the reason for celebrating at the forefront of your mind and heart.

Some of my biggest hurts in life have come from those who were close, I spent many years being angry, building walls and even retaliating.  It was exhausting.  Lately, I’ve been walking through trying to figure out why I am/was that way, I’ve learned that they too had grown up in a, not so great environment and therefore, the cycle continued.  There is truth in the statement; “hurt people hurt people”.  I, in turn have also hurt people I loved.  It’s a crazy cycle and we have the power to break it.  Although, not without the power of Christ living within us.  We truly are powerless without Him.

Maybe your pain this year has been the loss of someone you loved. As someone who has lost people close to me, namely my husband a few years ago, I know how celebrating holidays hurt.

If you can imagine yourself a broken pottery…  It’s hard to think about pain in such a way, but if you shine light through a solid, well formed pottery, it’s hard for light to be seen.  But when it’s broken, the light shines bright for others to see.  When we are broken, it’s a great way for Jesus to shine through us.  When we are broken, we realize our need for Him.  Embrace your brokenness, don’t try to hide or cover it.  The Lord will use your pain.  He doesn’t waste it and it won’t be in vain.  There is purpose in pain.

I say all of this to say, embrace the moments as they come with those you love.  Moments are fleeting. And ultimately we want all that we are to glorify God.

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  May this year be one full of memories to enjoy for generations to come.

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