Well, it's been a long couple of days for me...

Quick reminder: Tomorrow's the last day to enter my Thanksgiving Giveaway! I will be doing the drawing tomorrow night - can't give you an exact time - depends when I get home from a painting job I'm doing -- but it will probably be between 9-10 PM EST. So click here to enter! A print would make a lovely Christmas gift!

Anyway, I wanted to pop in to give you my thankful list item of the day:

24. I am thankful for down time.
I haven't had much of it lately, and it seems I never really appreciate it until I don't have much of it. We have been quite busy with other projects and family visits and such, and I haven't had many quiet days at home and/or in the studio lately.... hence the lack of artsy-related posts (which I hope to remedy very soon)... Anyway, I am thankful for time for quiet reflection, Bible study, rest, creativity, and refreshment.

(And now, the soapbox portion of today's post.... dear reader, beware!)

And, isn't that what Thanksgiving is about in one sense? Taking time out to stop, reflect on all that we've been given, and then give thanks to the Giver of those good gifts while we enjoy a day together with family and friends? I think so. That, in addition to the insanity of the crowds, is why I completely boycott all of the "Day after Thanksgiving" hooplah. No, I'm not saying, "Bah, Humbug!" to Christmas, gift-giving, or even finding good deals and the like. But, I do believe the essence of thanks-giving gets overshadowed when our focus is centered on all the new things we're going to BUY! BUY! BUY! the next day.

Isn't Satan clever? He's removed the focus of the Resurrection by throwing the Easter Bunny at us, he's distracted us from the birth of our Savior with Santa Claus, and now, he's preventing us from being truly thankful for what we do have by stirring up our coveteousness for that which we don't.


As I like to say, it's not a good deal if you don't need it. And frankly, here in the US, most of us don't need much of anything.

So, spend the holiday thanking God for all of His good gifts; spend it with family; and don't miss out on the blessings of thankfulness and contentment. No "stuff" can replace that.


  1. Good point, Beth. Interesting how it's called Black Friday. For us - just a simple day of enjoying each other and spending time together.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. Indeed. We'll be out - away from the crowds - cutting down our Christmas tree in NC. One of my favorite things to do over the holidays. I love going to the tree farm, drinking free cider, and enjoying the beauty of the trees. :-) Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day!


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