Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thankful? Really? Continued......#2

Remember as a child growing up saying your prayers? If you were like me, and even my kids now, it might sound something like this:
Thank you God for Mommy. Thank you God for Daddy. Thank you for my sister and my brother. Thank you for Grandma and Grandpa. Thank you for my whole family!
(As I got older, this was added)
Thank you for my children. Keep them safe. Help them grow up and and be good.

The words are so easy to say. Sometimes I forget that just SAYING I am thankful for something, doesn't necessarily make me a thankful person. So how do we get beyond the words?

I am so thankful for my family. What does that really look like? Being thankful is ... well...
a verb with an attitude! A great attitude! And lots of action.

It means respecting my husband. As a thankful wife I will meet his number one need for respect. If no actions go with the words, it really mean noting to say, "I am thankful for my husband".

Being thankful for my children. Hmm, how does that look?
It means I provide a happy, healthy place to grow up. I will prepare them to grow up and ..yes.. leave.

My job is not to keep them HERE, but prepare them for THERE! I am thankful to GOD for letting me have my children for the time that I am supposed to have them.

But, being thankful for adult children is a little different. It looks a lot like:

Being there when needed, but staying out of the way. Allowing them to develop a new family unit. Being available. Love and support without having to CONTROL the decisions!

I can tell God that I am thankful for the people He put in my family. He however, expects some action with appropriate attitude.

So, here's to respect. Training. Letting go. and being available.
All true forms of thankfulness!

Chasing Their Hearts,
Glenda Johnson

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful? Really?


I am thankful for so many things! I am so thankful for them that I want to share them with you.

I have a fabulous recipe for make ahead mashed potatoes. They taste great and you do them the day before your big meal and it saves you loads of time on the big day! E-mail me and I will send you the recipe.

The National Christmas Center is a great place to visit when you are in the Lancaster, PA area. Actually, it is worth a special trip . www.NationalChristmasCenter.com.

There is a super car repair place in Salisbury, MD. Peninsula Car Care. The owner Dave Beirman is an honest business man and has an awesome staff. They will fix you right up.

My daughter-in-law has a great creative mind and has done some awesome things for Christmas presents this year. Recipients of those gifts might be reading this so if you would like one of her "sure to please any grandma" ideas e-mail me.

My favorite restaurant of all times is Bay Side Skillet in Ocean City, MD. www.baysideskillet.com. Be sure to have their fresh squeezed OJ and strawberries with Chantilly cream!

The Sight and Sound Theater in PA is awesome. I would recommend any show that they do. I have never seen a bad one.

All of these things I have been talking about all the time! I share them with everybody!

I am thankful for Jesus and what He has done for me.



Why is it that the one thing I should be most thankful for, I tend to speak the least about? Could it be that I am not as thankful for Jesus as I claim to be?

Ladies, we share the great deals we find on clothes. We share a super buy or sale at the grocery store. We recommend our favorite restaurant or hairdresser. But we are silent about Jesus!

This Holiday season, I am refocusing on the One who is more important than any sale or gift.I need to speak about greatness of my God to everyone!

May I come in contact with NO ONE, and them not catch a word, or action that points them to Jesus!

I am thankful for my Jesus and the gifts He has given.
Talk is cheap! (Cheaper than black Friday sales!)

Here's to action!!!!!

Chasing Their Hearts,
Glenda Johnson