Our family experienced a unique Thanksgiving this year. Since my husband and I plan to visit our missionary son soon, our daughters decided to celebrate Christmas and our family fall festival, plus Thanksgiving all in three days! Therefore our schedule looked something like the following:
Day One – Hayride and Cookout
Day Two – Christmas
Day Three – Thanksgiving
We crammed a bunch of memories in those 3 too short days but the effort was well worth making. God blessed us with comfortably cool days so, when we didn’t have them otherwise occupied, our young grandchildren were laughing, exploring, imagining; just cramming as much memory making as they could in the short time they were together.
Oh, it was a lovely, chaotic, noisy, busy, draining, and all together wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. Two of my daughters even came up with two creative titles for the week: 1) Thankmas or 2) Christgiving! A blend of Thanksgiving and Christmas!
And even our missionary son got to be a part of the celebration b/c today we video chatted with him so ALL the family got to share Thanksgiving together. Now this is a pretty big deal, b/c one of our daughters traveled about 16 hours to get here, and our daughter-in-law had just given birth to our little grandson! So there we were, all our daughters, their husbands, their children, my mom, my husband’s mom, our son, daughter-in-law, and newborn grandson, sharing the day together! So-o-o much to be thankful for!
But now the house is quiet (stone cold quiet), and I have sat down to watch a little tv (trying not to focus on how quiet it is). And here come the fiery darts! ugh! The sole purpose of these trouble making thoughts is to influence me to focus on my loses instead of my blessings so that I will become lonely and depressed! And you know what? That’s exactly what would happen if I gave in to such thinking!
BUT THAT WON’T HAPPEN!
I WILL FOCUS ON MY BLESSINGS!
God showered His blessings on our family this week. I mean He abundantly showered us! (He does that a lot for His kids). Sure it’s hard for my family to do what it does that’s just the plain truth of it. BUT our blessings far outnumber (above and beyond) any of the hard things!
So, if after your celebration, you get blasted by fiery darts–remember:
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS–AND LET THAT BE YOUR FOCUS!
That my friends will cause those fiery darts of loneliness and depression to fizzle in no time flat. They won’t have enough force to rule your thoughts and thereby define your actions. You’ll be free of their negative influence and peace will guard your heart and mind. After all, that’s just what God promised in Philippians 4:67:
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.