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Everyone desires to enjoy life. We seek to experience life with joy, striving to take in as much pleasure and/or satisfaction as we are able each day.

Peter, in writing to God’s chosen people, and to all of us, states:

“If you want to enjoy life and seem many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.”
(1 Peter 3:10-11, NLT)

Thanksgiving can be a time of blessing, or a time of stress, as families will gather around tables to enjoy a meal together. There is wisdom in these verses which can be applied to our day.

Do you want to enjoy and have a happy day? Perhaps we need to embrace Peter’s four suggestions:

  1. Keep your tongue.
  2. Turn away from any hurtful conversation.
  3. Do good.
  4. Search for peace and maintain it.

My mom used to sing to us as children, grandchildren, and has continued to do so with now great-grandchildren. I remember well the sound of my mom’s voice, singing a simple song to my granddaughter, Jocelyn, when she was three years old.

“If you want to be happy. If you want to be glad. Then obey, obey, obey.”

Peter gives us four suggestions. Mom kind of narrowed it down to one easy suggestion – obedience. As we gather around our tables, may these suggestions stay in the forefront of our minds. As we do, our tables will be a place of peace, of hope, of love, and of encouragement.

As we obey these few simple suggestions,
may we all enjoy a most blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Our tables are the place where we gather and eat. But they can be so much more. In this beautiful post, “Healing Through Thanksgiving” HERE, Kristen Neighbarger shares the story of her family’s gathering. May peace and healing and much love flow around all our tables!




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** This is an edited post which first appeared HERE.