Well it’s the final countdown, only 2 days to Thanksgiving. I don’t think I’m alone in my feelings of anxiety about the day. It’s my first year hosting. I’ve cooked or helped cook all of the dishes before but I have never hosted everyone in my home. Everyone this year is 13 adults and my 2 kids. I have been meal planning for weeks, talking to everyone arranging who is bringing what just to make sure we have everything covered and that everyone’s favorites will be there.
I’ve always been such a worrier and even though it is something I am working on I can’t seem to help having these thoughts. Will there be enough gravy? Will Uncle So ‘n So bring up politics at the table? Who is going to break it to them that we only do Netflix so no after dinner football?
In the midst of all of my worries about how the day will go I have had a scripture rolling through my head:
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Then other thoughts came to mind. I remember the year when I was little that my mom and aunt woke up early to get the turkey started and it was still frozen solid, and by some miracle (apparently the microwave) that turkey was still ready on time and my mom says it was delicious! And the year my mom got cumin confused with sage for the stuffing, we tease her about her southwest stuffing to this day! And when has Uncle So ‘n So not talked about some government conspiracy, it’s tradition at this point! Will the lack of football prevent the men in this family from succumbing to the effects of tryptophan? Of course not! It’s power is too great!
The holidays can be a very stressful for families, there are lots of worries on whether everyone will get along and that it will be a joyful time full of happy memories. And while I cannot guarantee that everything will go perfectly, I can recommend that you cast your worries on Him. Just stopping to remember that God cares for me and is a safe place for me to take my worries has already improved my outlook on the next few days. Your attitude is an important part of things going well. Smile, roll with the punches, and do your best to have a good time! Attitudes are contagious! Make yours a good one! We all have a lot to be thankful for!
May your turkey be moist, your potatoes fluffy, and your memories happy!!
Author: Cassia Hobbs