Be Ye Thankful

We’ve made it to November, ladies! We get to fall off the wagon and eat lots of delicious delicacies. There will be turkey, ham, rolls, stuffing, corn, and lots more. Most likely we’ll eat so much that it’ll hurt to breathe, but that’s what it’s all about, right? Well, we have to remember that even though it’s a holiday and we’re celebrating it with our families, all that we have didn’t just come off a tree or just appear. Our parents provide for us every day and have provided for us since we were born. This month we’re going to show our parents our appreciation for all that they do and just how blessed we are to have them.

You can do just about anything for your parents to show your appreciation for them. Even little things like clearing the table after dinner, folding a basket of clothes for your mother, or just picking up your room is a tremendous help to your parents (especially to your mom). Bigger things like vacuuming the house, dusting, and unloading the dishwasher can help your parents in ways you can’t even understand. For example, recently, simply cleaning my room and washing the dishes made my mom so happy, and she even made it a point to tell me that I put her ahead of her housework by about two hours. However, don’t wait until your parents ask for your help to actually help them.

Surprise your parents by washing and drying your uniform for work (if you have a job and a uniform). You could also Windex the glass things in your house (TVs, computer screens, and mirrors), or dust all the surfaces. You could pick up around the house and/or even pick up (or even completely clean) your room. If you feel that all the things you’re doing around the house will only benefit your mother, then find some things to do to help your dad (if weather permits), like cutting the grass one more time before the cold weather sets in, or raking the leaves in your yard so that your dad doesn’t have to.

You could also cook dinner for your parents (see this month’s Cooking Corner for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, or start a little simpler with some recipes from other months’ issues). You could plan ahead (since you would already have the recipe printed out) and stop at the store one day on your way home from school or work. Can you imagine your parents’ faces when they come home from a long day at work to find that you’ve made them dinner and dessert? This is a great way to give your parents a break from having to cook dinner––just make sure you also wash the dishes afterward! Make it a point to tell them just how blessed you are to have them and how thankful you are to them for everything that they do for you.

In all that we do we should always be thankful to the ones that help us through our days in this temporary life. However, we should never forget to thank our Lord in heaven for all that He’s supplied for us. It’s because of Him that our parents are able to provide for us. It’s because of the Lord that we’re taken such good care of by the ones that love us because the Lord Himself loves us. So especially on Thanksgiving (but hopefully every day of our lives) we should pray to the Lord and be thankful for everything that He’s given us.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Col. 3:15

By Alyssa Sturgill

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