Friday, November 25, 2011

Nourishment to Body and Soul

I was looking for something to post this morning that I wrote a few years back.  I decided on this one~I think it has a good message.  I hope you like it.

Our ward has a unique tradition. We have a Thanksgiving Devotional every year on Thanksgiving morning with a very light and healthy refreshment time afterwards. It is fairly short, the program consists of prayers and songs and one speaker. Some times it is a ward member and sometimes we get a speaker from another ward or stake. I have done the talk twice over the years. It is a fun assignment.

The second time was about four years ago and that was when I started my favorite things list to help me think more about the big and small things that I am grateful for. Then I challenged the congregation to do the same. I don't know if they did, but I have been doing mine ever since and update it a couple times a year. It does tend to make you so much more aware of your blessings.

From the website
The speaker this year told about the history of the first Thanksgiving and then talked briefly about the concept of Getting To Do Something as opposed to Having To Do Something and how when we consider what we have to do as an opportunity and a privilege and not an obligation and duty we are much happier. We can then eagerly look forward to the things in life that are ahead of us. It was a simple talk but very thought provoking. If you thought this way it could make a big difference in your life and how you live it.

I thought about how changing this one aspect of so many things could make me feel happier about the daily tasks I get through so I can then do something I enjoy more. The key word there is "enjoy" I need to try to enjoy the mundane a little bit more..for it is a big part of daily life and we should be thankful for it too. We like the concept and practice of feeding our spirit as well as our bodies on Thanksgiving.

Debbie and Judy did a wonderful job on the feast. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting baby Colton who is now 15 months old and a barrel of energy. None of the photos of the family turned out well.

I do have this one of Judy, Mickey and the baby.
He had just taken his first header on
the pavement
so it kind of skinned up.
Colton is adorable.

And this one of Grandma Gloria and Joshwaving her Italian hands like crazy!

And Lastly, The Thankful Ones that Got Away

They have been hanging out in our yard all week.
They find it a safe haven apparently, just as we do!
No Black Friday shopping for us
we are hiding out in our own wildlife reserve.

And that is a wrap on Thanksgiving~the Holiday for 2011!


Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Bonnie,
Looks like you had a nice Thanksgiving, all the food looked wonderful, and all those Turkeys in your yard, how fun!

That was a good word about thinking about the fact we get to instead of have to...........whole nother perspective.
So to hear about Robert, I know that had to be a tough day for everyone knowing he is there, am
so praying it want be a year and a half. How is Laura doing?? and the kids??? So wish they could have been with you guys for Thanksgiving.

Thanks for all your sweet comments about the reception, and glad you enjoyed the pictures......

Our Thanksgiving was very nice as well. I have so many leftovers tho, lol
Want need to cook for a few days so that is nice, maybe make a veggie.

Take Care hon, and will sure be praying for Robert and Laura and the boys.
Love ya, Nellie

LA Adams said...

Very nice! Hey your banner keeps changing - love the pictures! For some reason we have a flock of turkeys going round our neighborhood and even over the housetops. I love the idea of a Holiday wildlife reserve.

Marie said...

What a tasty looking feast Bonnie!! I can well imagine it all tasted fabulous! What a sweet little boy too. Looks very cuddleable!! I am missing Thanksgiving over here and wanting turkey. I may just have to do a late one and indulge myself. xxoo

Sister Susie said...

Thanksgiving was great at Nellie's! She had us write 10 things we were thankful for. I listed them on my blog today!

I always feel so bad when they show all of the live turkeys!

Love to you and yours,