Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving Blessings

I just want to preface this post by saying that I hope no one will take it as whining. I truly am not doing that. I just have felt lead by the Lord to be truly open and, by doing that, share with everyone the blessing that He gave me.

This has been a tough year for my little family. Since losing my job in May, moving to Utah, then moving back to WA it seems like things have gotten so much harder. Of course, it's hard for everyone right now. I'm blessed to have gotten an extension on my unemployment so that is a huge load off my mind.

God has been so faithful through all of this. We have not gone hungry, have had a place to live, and have the love of family and good friends. There's not much more that one needs.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I always cook Thanksgiving dinner and this year wanted to be able to do that. I have been praying and praying for a way to have the food to prepare as I just didn't see it in my budget. Some weeks there's barely enough to buy the regular food that we eat. I went ahead and invited my daughter and some friends to share the day with us. I was truly stepping out in faith because I did not know where I was going to get the money to be able to buy a turkey and the trimmings.

Last night we got a call from a lady that was passing out Thanksgiving food baskets for a Portland church. She had an extra one and wanted us to have it. Praise God! But what I didn't expect was all the food that was in the box. Two turkeys!! Flour, sugar, rolls, celery, carrots, cool whip, yams, marshmallows, 5 lbs of potatoes, stuffing mix, aluminum foil, a roasting pan and a $15 gift card for a local grocery store!

To say that I wept over all this food is putting it mildly!! God blessed me with more than I even asked for. I even have enough flour and sugar now to be able to make Christmas cookies!!

In all my life I have always been the one that gave food for those boxes. Now I'm on the receiving end and I know the joy that the generosity of others has made in my life. There will be a time when I will be able to give again. I will do even more than I ever did before. I will truly remember this experience for the rest of my life. God is good and life is good!! This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever!!!

15 comments:

Princess Of Pink said...

Oh wow, that is just wonderful! To receive the basket with all the goodies. God blessed you, He really did.

Have a wonderful ThanksGiving, Kay.

Love and hugs from Marian/Dutchy

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Kay, my eyes are filled with tears as I read your post. I know this year has been a challenging one for you to say the least. And just to read your grace as you give thanks to the Lord is so beautiful.

I am so happy that you were blessed with the food basket. In recent years, we have been recipients of such love and care. It is life changing.

Wishing you a happy and joyful Thanksgiving my friend,
Lea

Caroline said...

God Bless. You are so deserving. Enjoy!!

2 Much Farm Primitives said...

Kay, I can relate to everything you're saying. It's been tough for us since I was "forced" into early retirement. But, God IS good. And He will provide.

So happy for ya'll.

Hope ya'll have a great Thanksgiving :)

Hugs,
Vic

simple~needs said...

thats great!!
a member of our local freecycle group posted that they ended up with 2 turkeys ( both her and dh got them from work). they decided to do up a basket and offer it on freecycle. she said she had over 200 responses! i dont think anyone realizes the economic situation is that bad until its in their backyard.
many blessings going out to you and your family.
kim

jayedee said...

what goes around, comes around!
God is good!

Renna said...

Your post blessed my socks off today! God is so good. Your step of faith was rewarded, and for all those times you've sown generosity, you are now reaping your harvest when you need it most. To God be the glory!!!

Carol said...

What an awesome post! All your good works coming back atcha! I love that. You will pull through this tough time. It's my first time at your blog coming via Renna's blog but I could feel in this one post your determination to keep your priorities straight which will bless you in the end. Enjoy your fruitful holiday! God Bless You!!

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

WOO HOO!! God is GOOD ALL the time!!

This post has really blessed my socks off (I'm literally barefoot right now - hee! hee!).

Your Thanksgiving day is going to be so special.

Mrs. B

primitivebettys said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Kay! You have shared the joy & love of the season. God is GREAT!

CathyJean said...

Oh, Kay!!! I am crying tears of joy! God is good - all the time!!

Thank you for sharing this blessing, I for one really needed to read it.

I've been on both the giving end and the receiving end of blessings like that and it sure is a powerful reminder that God is in control no matter the condition of our finances!:)

You are still in my prayers, my dear friend!
Hugz,
Cathy

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I know how you feel Kay. Many years ago we got a box like that and it was loaded. We have an awesome God ! God Bless You Kay !

primitivebettys said...

I've posted an award for you on my blog... swing by when you have time. :)

Darlene said...

Kay, it fills my heart with joy to hear of God's blessing to you and your family. When we have a need it seems our Lord doubles it. My friends call it "double for your trouble". It truely is a blessing to all of us when you share. Thank you, my friend.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

xo

stitching under oaks said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. Our God is such a good God! Thanks for sharing.