In Others’ Words: Why I’m Thankful for 6 A.M.

Lamentations 323 NLT 2015

Funny thing about this blog … I almost gave up on posting it.

I’ve had trouble with PicMonkey, the program I use to design my graphics. For the past two weeks, when I try to save my images, the program freezes. Then I have to shut down my computer and start all over again. Tonight that happened not once, not twice, but three times.

Yeah, I was so done with my post on what I was thankful for. 

Funny, right?

I was also ready to send the PicMonkey folks a huffy email. But instead, I clicked on the “Can’t save photos when using Safari” line in the Help section — and discovered why I’ve been having problems. It’s not me and my lone computer. It’s them. “Them” being Apple and some sort of bug that was uploaded in their latest update to their operating system.

So something good came out of all my frustration — and I’m using Chrome for PicMonkey stuff.

Now back to my planned blog post.

I’ve had fun getting to know author Davalynn Spencer this year. She attends ACFWCS with me, which is a local chapter of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) here in Colorado Springs. In her recent blog post, Little Things Make a Big Difference, she shared how family members sometimes bring an item to the Thanksgiving dinnner table to represent what they are grateful for — like a pencil for the privilege of writing, or a fishing lure for good times with Grandpa.

Davalynn got me thinking: What would I bring to the table? I decided I would bring my alarm clock.

I’m often awake before 6 A.M., but my weekdays begin by then. And each morning is a chance to remember one of my favorite truths about God: his mercies toward me are new every, every, every morning. 

In Your Words: If we were celebrating Thanksgiving together — wouldn’t that be fun! -what item would you use to represent what you’re thankful for this year? 

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  1. November 24, 2015, 6:34 am   /  Reply

    Oh, that’s easy. I’d bring The Beast…a Barrett M82 rifle. The thing weighs about 30 pounds and is four feet long, and as a dining-table centerpiece will draw attention from the most spectacularly intransigent turkey

    The training I received to effectively use The Beast is a large part of why I’m still alive. Scout/sniper work is nothing is not a head game..

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving…so, let’s go out and shoot!

    But cover your ears. The Beast is LOUD.

    • November 24, 2015, 10:08 am   /  Reply

      I knew you’d be thankful for something different … and significant, Andrew.

  2. November 24, 2015, 7:32 am   /  Reply

    Hi Beth! This year I may be fighting off the tendency to be a pack rat with all my “thank-you things” at the table, and as I prepare for the Big Day, I keep changing my mind! But today I’m choosing my dog’s leash. Blue (the heeler) has become an all-weather companion, and our morning walks seem to anchor the day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • November 24, 2015, 10:09 am   /  Reply

      I understand how morning walks anchor the day. To honor mine, I’d have to bring my walking buddy, Mary Agius, to the table. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. November 24, 2015, 4:23 pm   /  Reply

    I have thought ALL day about what I’d bring to the table. I’ve got a number of things I would bring, but first would be my family. My strong-willed, exuberant boy, my scattered, sensitive boy and my amazing husband. They fill my life with amazing joy and with an abandoned sort of love that honestly floors me.

    If I had to choose an item, I guess I would choose my quiet time basket. It holds my Bible, my journal, books I’m reading and different colored pens, for highlighting and note-taking. I couldn’t do one single day well without the strength and wisdom I gain from that basket.

    If I wanted to be funny, I’d say I’ll bring Nutella. Lots of it. I just LOVE the flavor combinations. 🙂

    • November 24, 2015, 4:26 pm   /  Reply

      Well, yes and yes … and yes, Nutella.

      Love all your answers.

      Happy Thanksgiving, friend.

  4. November 24, 2015, 9:02 pm   /  Reply

    It’s hard for me to decide what I would bring. Good friends will be at the table (and Reba will be one of them), and Suzy will be sitting watching us from the door. I just spent 8 days with my girls and saw my sister when I returned…I think I’ll just be thankful. 🙂

    • November 24, 2015, 9:09 pm   /  Reply

      Ah, good friends. The table would be so, so crowded.

  5. Jocelyn
    November 25, 2015, 8:30 am   /  Reply

    This is such an interesting idea. I think I would bring pictures of past Thanksgivings to the table. My in-laws have both passed away, but the times we spent around the Thanksgiving table are sweet memories. My DH has 4 siblings each with spouses and children, every one of them sharing in the family feast. I was raised as a lonely only, broken home, so there’s no treasure chest of family times to remember. Since my in laws are now gone, there aren’t many get togethers anymore. So savor what you have. Hug your loved ones. We only have today.

    • November 25, 2015, 8:38 am   /  Reply

      Photos of Thanksgivings past. That’s an interesting thought. And yes, treasured memories with loved ones are moments to be thankful for.

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