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Happy Thanksgiving!

I found this quote the other day and it certainly caused me to pause and think.

“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”


It is Thanksgiving, a whole day set aside to show how thankful we are but often, even on this special day, the only reference we make to being thankful is to have everyone state one thing they are thankful for at the dinner table. For some people, it is hard to come up with even one thing.

I wish this Thanksgiving we all could learn to be more thankful and content and learn to look at things differently.

I get in my old old clunker of a car and drive to the grocery store and just about the time I wish I had a nice new car like that one next to me, I look ahead and see an older man with a cane struggling against the wind trying to make it in time to the bus stop.

I get frustrated that my house is old, ugly and not very handy but then I remember seeing children living on the streets in Japan with almost no shelter at all.

I cringe at the price of food and want to moan and complain but then I look around me and see that I’m standing in a beautiful, clean, nice grocery store with thousands of items to choose from and it makes me thankful that I don’t have to stand in a food line waiting for ages just to get enough food to feed my family one small meal. Hmm… How often do we complain about waiting in the checkout line at the store just to pay for our groceries?

I don’t want to put a guilt trip on you. I know sometimes things happen that hurt so badly that you really can’t think of one thing to be thankful for and it’s okay to weep and hurt for a season but that is different from living in a continual pity party mindset. 

Thanklessness is just a bad habit we have gotten into and it needs to be changed. Take 30 minutes and  note of how often you whine or complain about something and compare it to how often you are thankful for something in that same 30 minutes. I think you will be surprised about what you find.

Hopefully you will see why you live in continual frustration instead of contentment… because no matter what you do or how things change that mindset goes with you all the time.

Thankfulness and contentment are twins that go hand in hand. Without one you will never have the other. Usually a thankful person is one who is content and a person is usually content because she is so thankful even for the smallest things she has.

This Thanksgiving, instead of trying to think of just one thing you are grateful for, try “changing” your mind to a thankful way of thinking all year long.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Photo By: rfduck


  1. says

    Very well said. Too often we forget to be thankful for the things we have. Maybe they aren’t what we want to have, but they are more than someone else may have.

    People also often forget that we have it much easier than our ancestors did. Often people want to look back at “The Good Ol’ Days” but they really don’t understand how hard those days were.

    Be thankful for what you have! Thanks for posting!

  2. says


    You make some valid points. Good food for thought, no pun intended. If we all sat back and really took stock of what we do have instead of concentrating so hard on what we don’t I think we would all be a lot happier. We’d probably be a lot nicer to each other too.

  3. says

    I was just thinking of something similar a few days ago. I sometimes go on the forums on babycenter.com and reading the “We’re Debt free” boards and even my “birth board” of Feb. 2012 sometimes makes me realize how blessed I am. I often see people with more debt and/or less income than we have also trying to get out of debt. Also, I’ve heard stories from girls who are as far along pregnant as I am on my birth board who have husbands (or boyfriends, etc) that are much less supportive than my husband (one even accused her of cheating and said it wasn’t his baby). Also, some of them are in high-risk pregnancies, so when I think of my 3-hour glucose test I will have to take soon, I just have to be thankful I am not struggling in the ways some others are. (There, I’ve written about half of what I was going to write in my blog on this subject! LOL)

  4. Bea says

    Very inspirational. I always think of how hard the Holy Family had it during their lifetimes, and yet how much they felt they were blessed, and were grateful and praised God. Mary’s Magnificat is a good prayer. Here are some of the words.
    “My soul magnifies the Lord,
    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid,
    for behold henceforth all generations will call me blessed,
    because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is His Name.
    And His mercy is from generation to generation,
    to those who fear Him.
    He has shown might with His arm,
    He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts.
    He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
    and has exalted the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich He has sent away empty.”

    The Holy Family had just about every kind of hardship, and yet were blessed, and God was with them.

  5. Donna B. says

    A very blessed and happy thanksgiving to all! Just made the pecan pie muffins, kitchen smells heavenly. made them as minis and got 36 of them. if you make minis, be sure to watch them closely, and I’d recommend using a well greased pan,not paper liners–

    We are all more blessed than we realize! How lucky I am to have my wonderful daughter making home made pickles in the 2nd floor kitchen, and my muffins smelling wonderful downstairs!

  6. Colleen Gold says

    I am so thankful it is not “the good old days ” cause I would be in a wheelchair. I am so thankful for all the medical advances that have been made and for all I have

  7. Sheri says

    I like the quote too!I think I will make a sign for my house. I like to make signs of especially good quotes and meaningful Scriptures to remind my family of important things.

    Thank you for sharing!

    I’m listening to a radio program, Adventures in Odessy. Great show for Thanksgiving!


  8. rose says

    i am so thankful for what GOD has given me and my family .. we had enuff turkey and etc from thursday that we were able to feed over 7-10 people with leftovers for thursday, friday adn saturday .. same amt of leftovers that was from thursday .. sorta like the story of JESUS feeding all those people with the loaves of bread and fishes (well same concept) .. not sure how this worked out .. but it did ..
    and lots of pie left over too .. same amt of pie i bought on wed ..
    nothing else was added ..


    just wanted to post this and share with everyone ..
    hope everyone had a wonderful holiday … ;D

  9. Kris says

    There’s an old VeggieTales song that goes like this–“Because a thankful heart is a happy heart. I’m glad for what I have, that’s an easy place to start.” Good messages can be found in all sorts of places!

  10. Maggie says

    Our minister says that first you must say a thankful prayer before you start asking God for things. That way, by the time you finish thanking him, you may not need to ask for anything. Of course, this does not mean prayers for the sick but it is something to think about. I never really thought of it that way but now, I try to thank God first.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone. Jill and Tawra, may God Bless You for all the important messages you bring to us. We are blessed by your love.

  11. Bea says

    Jill, I hope you weren’t camping out on some sidewalk last night waiting for the stores to open! HA HA! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving instead and enjoyed some good food and some peace and quiet. I had a lovely meal and enjoyed company with friends and didn’t worry about when stores would be opening, or what was on sale in the middle of the night. I hate crowds and chaos, so I don’t get involved in the Black Friday craziness.

    • says

      No I don’t go out my door either on black Friday. Totally insane. I do try to get most of my shopping done the week before Thanksgiving anyway because I am too busy with my gingerbread men starting the week before Thanksgiving. I had a nice day. I got up early put a load of laundry in and the next thing I knew huge amounts of gushing water was spewing all over my basement and flooding it. I couldn’t get any one to come until today to fix it so I was without a toilet and not able to let anything go down the drain. It was interesting to say the least.

      I was on my own yesterday (my son and his family was going to the in laws) but I did get 20 dozen cookies baked and decorated. My Thanksgivings the past couple of years have been different. Last year I went out with my son and his family and I got food poisoning. By the time we got home I literally came crawling down the hall saying “Don’t panic but I think I am extremely sick and need some help” I was to weak to sit up and to sick to let them touch me and get me on a couch. My son and grandkids laugh to this day about what a sight it was seeing “grandma” collapsed in the hall. All I remember is the whole family gathered around me peering at me trying to figure out what to do with grandma. If I hadn’t been so sick it would have been funny. As you can tell my family doesn’t panic easily and you would have thought grandma collapsed in the hall would excite them a little but they acted like it was a common occurrence.

      I remember one time my mom passed out and we had to call 911. When the paramedics arrived one of them the pulled the grandkids to one side and started telling them they didn’t need to be afraid that grandma would be ok. Tawra’s daughter who was about 5 at the time said “Oh we aren’t afraid and know she is going to be ok. Our mom lays on the floor like that all the time.” We had to laugh. They are so use to seeing Tawra sick with her CFS that that seemed normal to them.

      Anyway we try to always stay calm with things like that because kids can easily tell and sense when the parents are in a panic. Our Thanksgivings are not usually dull or ordinary that is for sure.

    • Sheri says

      I have a part time job that puts me on the other side of the cut table for Black Friday. Then I did my own shopping in our store. It was a fun day. But I wouldn’t want to be out there standing in those long lines either.

      I enjoyed being with most of my family yesterday. The girls wanted to do it all themselves. So I hardly did any cooking. I cleaned up.

  12. Bea says

    OH, Jill you are so funny. I liked the line about you always laying on the floor. Cute and funny. Your Thanksgiving sounded nice. I like peace and quiet and a slower pace on holidays to be able to really enjoy the day. Isn’t it weird how things break down or go a little crazy on days when you can’t get help from a company? It just helps you to remember that we live on a fallen planet that isn’t Heaven yet and imperfection has to be something we get used to. Nothing is ever truly perfect and uneventful. I always remember one of the postings you had on this website about “Going Easy on Yourself” and the other one that included the song about if God only gives you a cup of water and the posting about discouragement. We have to expect things to not be perfect BUT still get joy from the positive. Every time you talk about those Gingerbread cookies you make me hungry for one of them.

    • says

      Sorry Bea for leading you into temptation talking about my gingerbread men. :) We have had temps in the middle 70’s and then today it dropped all the way down into the 30’s. Well the Roto Rooter guy was outside working on my sewer and was having to come in and check on things every once in awhile and here I was in my warm kitchen baking gingerbread men. I felt so bad for him to come in where it was warm and smelt so good and then have to go back out in the freezing cold and mess with the sewer. I think I was tempting him too. I did give him some cookies before he left. :)

  13. grizzly bear mom says

    This season of gratitude I am grateful that I have enough, so that with my friends, we can serve Thanksgiving dinner to the victims of Hurricane Sandy who are still without power or homeless. I am grateful that I have friends like Chef Jim McGrady of Maggianos of Little Italy who invited us all to do this. I am grateful that I am well enough to do so. I am grateful that I still have my 79 year old mom, that my brother’s cancer scare was just a scare, and that my remaining family members are well. I am grateful for the gift and antics of a Siberian Husky furkid. I am grateful that my nephew married his bride in June and they are expecting their first baby in April. I hope that these in some tiny way make up for the heartbreak of losing his mom and dad this year. I am grateful for employment, medical care, and retirement. I am grateful that the house didn’t blow away in the storm when so many lost everything, including their loved ones. I am grateful that the big grocery stores like Giant Food, Safeway and Food Lion have a system of donating their unsalable goods to soup kitchens. I am grateful that my Department of Commerce Office of the Secretary OHRM, Bureau of Industrial Security and International Trade Administration colleagues, the Atlanta Bread Company, and Starbucks donated desserts for the Thanksgiving dinner to us. (Please patronize these stores!) The manager at Starbucks even thanked us for putting on the dinner. I didn’t realize how incredibly blessed I was before I wrote this out. Thank you for encouraging us to post our “begratitudes” this grat a Tuesday.

  14. Maggie says

    Jill, I can sympathize with your on your washer problems only mine is my dryer. It has been making a squealing noise for several years but during Hurricane Sandy, we had a leak around one of our living room windows and kept drying towels all day long and I think it did the poor thing in. So, on Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, I was at the laudromat, washing and drying two loads of clothes. But, I am thankful for that business. I used to go there when my washer was on the blink, several years ago, but what a nice surprise to see that the new owners had painted, updated some of the machines and it only took $6.50 to wash and dry the two loads. While that seems like a lot of money, in the past, the dryers were so bad, you could use $6 just to dry them. A great big thank you to the renovated laundry – plus it is open 24 hours. I was in and out in 2 hours and all clothes folded and ready to put away. Now, we need to get the dryer fixed. I have the tablecloths and more laundry to do.
    Our thanksgiving dinner grew and we had 7 people for dinner. Our neighbors came and brought with them a cousin and her husband. We haven’t had many dinner parties lately, the house is falling apart around us and we need new furniture,etc., but I decided to not worry about it. Just used the good dishes and glassware, had lots of good food and desserts and everyone had a great time. It’s not always about how things look but how you feel and if your friends are there to see you and not what you have. I’m surely doing another party closer to the Christmas holidays. Now, it’s time to go to bed. 7 am comes early – Farmers market tomorrow (today) and then to start making fudge and cookies for gift giving next week.

  15. Bea says

    Jill, I bet that serviceman appreciated those gingerbread cookies. I’m jealous!
    It got SO COLD today and we had snow flurries and winds that bite right through you. I’m going to make some apple butter tomorrow in the crockpot from your recipe. Can’t wait. YUM YUM! For Thanksgiving I made the applesauce recipe from your cookbook and it comes out great. I’ve made it several times already. I actually use the cookbook a lot and love all the recipes.

  16. LAC says

    Spent my holiday enjoying a small group. Peaceful and quiet. We watched movies and went out for a walk. I did some housework after and fed the chickens. Black Friday was spent at home nothing major going on just some time off from work. Watched the news and was reminded again why I don’t go out on Black Friday! I enjoy peace and quiet because I work as a pre-school teacher and my week is filled with a classroom of children. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE my job BUT after so many weeks filled with a classroom of 24 children well I LOVE my peace and quiet time!!! I am thankful for ALL I have!!!!

  17. rose says

    i hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend .. we did . we spent alot of time with family ..
    jill .. we just had a nice cold spell too here in central florida . we are loving it ..
    everytime i see gingerbread cookie mix i think of you .. i hope ur doing well this yr with all ur baking ..
    all is well with us .. just working alot .. and then spending time with the family too .. just a busy time of yr for us ..
    i have been looking for a new sewing machine .. i want to learn to quilt .. santa said her and the elves (meaning my daughter, son, hubby and mom) will be pitching in and that will be my xmas present .. i cant wait! .. and i am finally going to take some sewing lessons (well refresher lessons) to learn to do mending, hemming, and zippers .. i used to do all of this when i was very very young but after 35 yrs of not doing this, i feel like a new student .. so its exciting to be learning this all over again ..

    • says

      Oh I think you will have so much fun with your new machine. If you want to start quilting check out your PBS station in that area and look for quilting shows they run during the day. I have learned most of what I know about it from watching those shows so they might help you get a jump start before you start your lessons. They have just plain sewing shows here too.

    • Sheri says

      Beware of the false economy of buying a cheap sewing machine. You might think you are getting a bargain, but if the stitches aren’t looking good, it’s not your fault, it’s the machine. Sometimes it’s better to get a good used sewing machine and have it cleaned oiled and tuned up for $80. At least that’s the going rate around here…

      I’m glad you are getting back to sewing! It’s my favorite stress outlet and form of creativity.

    • says

      One thing too Rose when buying a machine if you are just doing basic sewing you really don’t need a machine with all the bells and whistles. The simpler the machine the less things that can go wrong with it and less expensive for repairs.

      • Sheri says

        I agree! Mechanical machines cost less to repair than electronic ones. Find a good (and honest) sewing machine mechanic to recommend which machine has the best repair record.

    • says

      Thanks Rose. I can tell what your weather is like in Fl. when we watch our church on Sunday and I had to chuckle and tease you a little because they will say something like it was really cold this week it got all the way down to 60 and they all have jackets on. For us that is a heat wave in the winter. : ) I remember our exchange student from Sweden started wearing short in Feb. as soon as the temp hit 50. We thought she was crazy but I guess compared to Sweden it was really warm.

  18. annie says

    Rose, If you have a library nearby they usually have several quilting books and the internet has a lot of information on quilting. Having somebody to teach you how to quilt is really helpful. I love the Amish quilts because of the beautiful colors that the Amish use to make them. Since their quilts are so expensive I bought some fabric to make one. Have fun making your first quilt, wallhanging, quillow, or baby quilt.

  19. harriet says

    Buying a good used sewing machine from the 1960s is what I advise. Back then they were made out of metal, not plastic, and they’ll probably be good for the next thousand years! I bought a good old 1960s machine for my daughter’s 12th birthday a few years ago and she’s used it often since then. It will last her the rest of her life, I bet. (My mom has the old Singer my great-great grandmother, a seamstress, made her living on, and it works as good as new.)

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