Happy Turkey Day ladies!
I am so thankful for this holiday season. I am especially grateful that God continues to work in my life. I am grateful for my family and for all of my running, walking and CrossFit friends. I am also thankful that I continue to learn new things. And I am especially thankful for yummy Thanksgiving food!
As I write this note, I am thinking of my grandmother’s sweet potato pie and her macaroni and cheese. I remember how she would spend days preparing our annual family food fest and how happy she was to watch us eat! When I was a kid, I ate until my stomach was about to bust! Then I would take a break and eat some more. Oh my, what good pie! But now that I am a mom, I look forward to watching my daughter eat until her stomach is filled with food and the love of family and friends.
For some of us, the holidays are a time of sadness or stress, particularly if we lost a loved one or we are going through a rough time. We may have too many people to visit, too much food to cook or too many expectations. But do not despair. Remember that God is with us. In the book of Matthew, he tells us not to worry because he knows our needs and will provide for us: “What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met (Matthew 6:31-32 The Message translation).”
Also ladies, do not forget to take some time this holiday for yourself and for your spiritual life. Say a prayer while making those mashed potatoes. Go for a walk while that pie is in the oven. Give your kids tickle kisses as the turkey is roasting and don’t forget to have some fun!
Remember that the holiday is not just food and fun too. It is also about making memories and remembering our blessings. What are you thankful for this holiday season? Let me know. Did you reach a fitness goal, running goal, a prayer goal? Did you complete the spiritual marathon or run a half marathon? If so, email your praise at email@example.com and I will post your comments on the website. It will serve as good encouragement to us as we enter into the New Year.
Once again, Happy Thanksgiving and keep running for your life!