Monday, January 5, 2015

Three Reasons to Choose Your Resolutions Carefully

"I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year: 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown'; and he replied, 'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way!'" (quoting from a poem by M. L. Harkins)

It's January 5th. Assumedly most of you have already created your New Year's resolution list. Your resolve is high and it feels good to practice new disciplines and meet new goals...but what happens to that resolve by the end of the year? Why are we so quick to create a list of good things, only to fail by December 31st?

I do believe God has called each and every one of us to live a set apart life and this does take resolve but on the flip side of this, I think we've become so focused on making changes in our life we have failed in laying the right foundation for success. Why do we make resolutions? Why can't we keep them? There are three reasons for failure I want you to consider as you start this year afresh.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

8 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor." -George Washington

1) Approximately 46,000,000 turkeys are sold annually just for Thanksgiving. Since the average weight of each bought turkey is 16lbs, all the turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving could equal the weight of almost 750 filled Boeing 747-8 airplanes.

2) 20% of all cranberries eaten in the US are eaten on Thanksgiving Day!

3) The very first Thanksgiving menu included deer, small fowl, corn, and several types of fish. Almost all the dishes we know to be traditional became so at least 200 years later.

4) Pumpkin was used as an ingredient for the crust of some pies during the colonial period, but not the filling!

5) Part of why Swanson invented the first TV Dinners in 1953 was because they needed to use up all of their Thanksgiving Turkey leftovers!

6) In 2013 was first time that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have converged since 1888, and the next time these two events align might not be for another 79,043 years!

7) Despite that George Washington supported setting aside a day of Thanksgiving in 1777, the US did not officially recognize Thanksgiving Day until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared that it should be held on the last Thursday of November every year.
(Note: In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt was convinced by the National Retail Dry Goods Association to change Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November in order to extend the holiday shopping season. This decision was very unpopular and was officially reversed in 1941). 

8) Sarah Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” campaigned for almost 2 decades to make Thanksgiving Day a national holiday, and it was in part because of a letter from her that Abraham Lincoln declared it so. She also came up with an outline of suggested Thanksgiving dishes that likely set the tradition for our modern menus!

On a more serious note, don't forget to treasure this special day you have with family and friends this holiday season. Take a walk down memory lane and recall the blessings of the Lord. "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" (Psalm 118:1)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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