Thanksgiving is upon us, so I’ve made my list, and am checking it twice: Mashed Potatoes (the Make Ahead recipe), Cider Baked Turkey (purchase the juice), Butterhorn Rolls (for Gratitude Rolls), Pumpkin Bars, and I must remember to cut out the card stock for the Leaves of Thanks tradition.
There are so many things to do today as I rush to ready ourselves for our grand feast: a feast to feed the tummies of so many of our loved ones. Yet as I rush, shop, clean, cook, bake, and referee, sometimes I forget to just breathe, and savor the moments we are creating.
While I want to feed tummies, more importantly, my desire is to feed souls.
Will you join me in re-evaluating the check list and prioritizing the essentials for your weekend?
I’ve scribbled my new “To-Do” List.
Feed Gratitude. As I nurture this quality, joy thrives.
Feed Flexibility. Our best laid plans may not happen. Guests will be late. Food may get cold, but in the scheme of things, it’s nothing.
Feed Patience. (Lots of Patience) A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18
Feed Laughter. There’s nothing better than cultivating an atmosphere of deep belly laughing after a satisfying meal.
Feed Contentment. With all the Black Friday Sales, it’s difficult to remember the balance of “need vs. want.”
Feed Compassion. Even though Old Aunt Sue has shared the same story for the fifteenth time, make her feel as if it is the first.
Feed Encouragement. We’re fragile. A blessed word makes hearts soar.
Feed Forgiveness. This is the year. Lay it at His feet. Let our Lord carry the burden. Extend forgiveness. Experience freedom.
As I savor the moments of family time this weekend, my “To Do” List reminds me: Feed Them.
This weekend, slow down and remember to feed their soul, their heart, their imagination, their creativity, and of course, their tummy. When the turkey is gone, and the mashed potatoes are cold, all that is left are the shared moments and memories of doing Life together, and I want to make the most of them, don’t you?
What could be added to your new “To Do” List?
Jen Schmidt shares both the beauty and bedlam of her everyday life at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.
(This post was inspired by Lisa Leonard’s precious necklace.)