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Sorry I missed having a column last week, but I was on a cruise. So enjoyed cruising again. After the busy last couple of months and the holidays approaching, which are always busy, I needed it. The weather was beautiful, and it was very relaxing.
So, this is the last column for November. My thing to share I’m thankful for this week is my house, my home. As we traveled to New Orleans to get on board, we passed many homes with blue tarps as roofs. I’m thankful for a snug warm home that I can decorate for the holidays, invite family and friends over, and just enjoy.
In the two ports where we stopped, we saw old historical homes, as well as newer homes, but we also saw homes that were damaged or destroyed by the hurricanes. We also saw homes that displayed poverty, more shack than house. It makes you appreciate and be thankful for what you have.
By the time this is available, Thanksgiving Thursday will be over. However, many families celebrate and get together either the weekend before or after. For me, it’s the entire week! We always have Mama’s Thanksgiving on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and now we have the Ward Holiday get-together at my house on the Sunday after. So thankful for my extended family on both sides. At Mama’s Sunday, we had some that couldn’t make it in person, but we face-timed a couple and talked on the phone with the others.
The get-together at my house is potluck with everyone bringing a dish, bringing friends and in-laws, we welcome one and all. This is one of the reasons I’m thankful for my home that I can open up for all that come, which is usually more than 60 people. We weren’t able to have it last year because of COVID-19, so everyone is looking forward to gathering this year.
This month I’ve shared Bible verses about thankfulness. In Psalm 106:1 it reads, “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
What a wonderful promise that His love is everlasting, never ending, forever. The first part is to praise the Lord and give Him thanks. I have so much to be thankful for this year that I can’t begin to name them. But even in the tough times, we can be thankful.
The verse doesn’t say praise when things are going good for you. But to give thanks because He is good. It’s harder to praise Him when life is crumbling around you, but He’s still there. Sometimes it’s harder for us to see God’s good because we look with human eyes and heart.
There are several in our community that are not feeling well, and others have family that are having health issues. Please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs.
Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.