Does Thanksgiving Make You Act Like a Turkey?

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  1. celeste says:

    Thanks for sharing. this was a great read this morning. Xo

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Celeste!
      I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and enjoy every minute being with friends and family!

  2. Jane says:

    This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving and whew let me tell you I am feeling the pressure. Thank YOU for the reminder to remember what this holiday is all about, take a step back, and breath. I almost had a meltdown over mini pumpkins yesterday. LOL!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Jane!
      I’m sure everything will be beautiful! Like you said, remember to take a breath and enjoy the celebration. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Trust me don’t allow mini pumpkins to freak you out what will matter the most is the love you will share and the blessing of being together. Happy Thanksgiving and let me know how it goes!

  3. terri grothe says:

    Such a great read this afternoon, thank you

  4. Stephanie says:

    Wonderful article and great tips to consider as we prepare! They’re are so many new plastic wares available now that make your table look very elegant. I found some at Sams Club. Definitely reduces the hassle of clean up! Excellent verse to add at the end. Thank you! Sharing this 🙂

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Stephanie!
      I love Sam’s plastic wares. They are beautiful and you can hardly tell they are plastic. My motto is work smarter, not harder! I’m glad you enjoyed the scripture. Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

  5. Lacy Ngo says:

    Lol I love the title!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Lacy!
      My title came in one of those middle of the night wake up moments from God. God does have a sense of humor for sure! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Melissa says:

    I love your statement, “God is not asking you to be a martyr.” So true!! We don’t have to be perfect. We’re called to be Mary not Martha! Sit and enjoy each other’s company and be thankful! Thank you for the reminder!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi Melissa,
      Thank You for your words of wisdom too! I would rather be a Mary than a Martha! It is a wonderful thing to be able to sit down and enjoy being with the people you love the most. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Heather Hart says:

    I love this Sheila. Our family Thanksgiving meal is a potluck, that way no one is stuck preparing the whole thing.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Heather! Your Thanksgiving sounds like fun! Although knowing my family if they weren’t designated to get something we would end up with chips, dip, and cupcakes. LOL Have a super Thanksgiving!

  8. Susan Evans says:

    It’s much easier when everybody pitches in so that one person doesn’t have to do all the work. Then everyone can be blessed, and not at the expense of one person’s sanity.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Susan!
      Amen! Trust me I needed my sanity back and I am thankful our new plan works great and everyone enjoys doing their part. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  9. Julie says:

    A great reminder as we start to plan for the day of Thanksgiving. The stress is mounting so this year the kids are helping grocery shop and cook the meal with me!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Julie!
      What a great time you will have shopping and cooking with the kids. It is always more fun when everybody is excited to help! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Caitlin says:

    Got me in a great mood for this weekend as I head home to celebrate the holiday with family! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Amy says:

    Love this Sheila. I don’t have as big of a crowd as you do, but in years past when we did, people would always pitch in and help. That made it way more fun. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. – Amy

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Thank You, Amy! I was a slow learner, but I enjoy Thanksgiving now because people do pitch in and help. You are right it does make it alot more fun. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. Kristi says:

    It’s no fun when frustrations are running high. Relaxing and enjoying the family is so much better.

  13. Brittany says:

    Wow! 28! I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving but it’s a friends giving, so much smaller. Thanks for the advice!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Congrats Brittany on hosting your first Friendsgiving! I’m sure it will be a wonderful day full of blessings! Enjoy and have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

  14. Ann (Neethu) says:

    Don’t allow the enemy to take the joy and gratitude out of your Thanksgiving celebration. amen! Yes… only the enemy given the permission can make you think this is such a burden …

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Ann!
      The things we learn with age. I’m so thankful for the wisdom God has given me through the years to know the difference between God’s voice and the enemy. Thanksgiving is a wonderful celebration of God’s blessings. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless You!

  15. Dana says:

    Thankfully, it’s pretty laid back around here. That’s mostly because we go to my parents’ and they deal with it, but even when we’ve hosted, I don’t go crazy with everything. My kids make a dish they like (and can handle) and I make turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Dana!
      It is good to be laid back! Thanksgiving shouldn’t be stressful. You made a great point with the key being not to go crazy with everything. It is so much easier when everyone lends a hand and makes a dish. Enjoy and have a happy Thanksgiving!

  16. It’s so easy to turn family events into a performance, but if you stop and think, how much do you really judge when you go somewhere else? Don’t you think they will likely offer you at least as much grace?

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Aryn!
      You are so right about turning family events into a performance especially where your mother or mother-in-law is concerned. Thankfully, I no longer feel the need to do that and have become comfortable in my own skin. We have traditions, but I’m not them and they are not me. I was much harder on myself. They never said a word and were always appreciative of us opening our home to all of them. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Emily says:

    Thanksgiving can be so stressful but when others pitch in it isnt as tough. Plastic plates for the win!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Emily!
      Thanksgiving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. My prayer is this post would save others from my mistakes. I’m so glad I had a conversation all those years ago so I could keep my focus on God and the many blessings He has given to me. Yes, plastic plates for the WIN! Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Steph says:

    Setting the table the night before is such a great idea!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi Steph!
      Thanks! It has become my most favorite part of the day to be able to pray for each person and count my blessings. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  19. This is so spot on! It’s so sad that something that began as a celebration has become a bit of a chore for those that host/prepare the meal.
    Great post and happy holidays!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Abby!
      It was sad, but it isn’t anymore! Many hands make light work and we all enjoy helping to get dinner on the table and having the time to talk and laugh!

  20. Jacqui Odell says:

    I agree. We need to be thankful everyday. So much can disappear quickly.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Jacqui!
      Yes, it is sad that so much can be gone in an instant. I’m glad we can cling to Jesus who never leaves us and gives us so much to be thankful for!

  21. Monica says:

    Love this post so much!! I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time at my home this year and the stress is SO real. But this post helped me to remember to just sit down and BREATHE and pray for each each person that will be sitting at my table!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Monica!
      I remember that stress, but you are on the right track! Just breathe and pray! I’m sure it will be wonderful and ask people for help. Everyone wants to pitch in and help so let them 🙂 Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving! I’m praying for you!

  22. Megan says:

    What a lovely reminder to keep the peace during the holidays. It is so easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Megan!
      Yes, it is easy to get stressed, but God will provide the peace if we ask Him. Taking time every day during the holidays to focus on His goodness changes everything. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

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