Isn't it lovely to be surprised? And especially during a season full of lots of work being done to delight other people. My birds are slowly returning to the nest, and I'd been so busy with preparations I hadn't yet had time to get fresh flowers for my tables. Then yesterday afternoon these arrived from a sweet friend who thought of me and made me feel so loved. I have much to be grateful for!
Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; They are studied by all who delight in them. Splendid and majestic is His work, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever. He has made known to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are truth and justice; All His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever; They are performed in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever."
I'm grateful to have my children home with us over the next few days, enjoying so many Clarkson-y things as I'm serving our traditional Thanksgiving menu tomorrow. And surely we'll end the day with stomachs a bit overfull, but I hope hearts will be full too, as we share stories old and new and just have a wonderful time together.
God is good. Looking at my sweet family so excited about the opportunity to be home reminds me how important home really is! Your preparations aren't in vain, mama. Thanksgiving is more than turkey and potatoes; you're making special memories for their hearts! Don't forget to take time to breathe every once in awhile and soak it in a bit, yourself. May you have a blessed time with your own family and friends as you gather together this week!