Giving thanks

By | 2009-11-23T16:28:40+00:00 November 23rd, 2009|

Are you feeling thankful yet? Or just busy?

I’m juggling work, deadlines, and planning dinner for 12 people (five of whom are new to the country, strangers to us, and may not speak much English). I’m an over-planner, trying to figure out exact timetables to get the turkey, potatoes, veggies and stuffing all on the table at the same time, since I”m doing the shopping and cooking for this meal by myself! I’ve actually written out a schedule for the day!

I do love to plan, but I find that if I over-plan, I tend to lose my joy. I never want to forget that holidays are holy days, and this holy day is about gratitude! If you need some perspective on that idea, click here to read my latest “For Your Soul” column at

Also, I just wanted to let you know that I will be a guest on Midday Connection, a great radio program on Moody Radio, tomorrow. The show airs on 90.1 FM in Chicago from noon to 1 p.m. You can also tune in on-line at

I’m going to be talking about making a difference right where you are, as host Anita Lustrea and I talk about my new book, Simple Compassion. I’m bringing a couple of copies of Simple Compassion to give away on the show. And check back at this blog on Wednesday. If you listen to the show I’ll tell you how to get another chance to win a free book here on the blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Lori Neff November 24, 2009 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Oh boy can I relate to being an over-planner! I was thinking a lot about that as I walked to work this morning… feeling so overwhelmed already at the holidays. Thanks for your blog – it’s encouraging me to relax! 🙂

    Looking forward to Midday with you today!

    Lori Neff
    Midday Connection Producer

  2. Sheri November 24, 2009 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I only caught bits and pieces of you of Midday while out doing errands; but I felt like it was exactly what the Lord wanted me to hear! I, too, have begun feeling as if the Lord is calling me to “reach out” – in my case to disadvantaged children – and am fighting the thoughts of wondering how to add one more thing to an already packed life. Then someone mentioned that many times the Lord has us serve out of our brokeness, and knew that that was why I have felt this calling. Thank you.

    I would love to be entered into the drawing for your book that you mentioned on Midday; not sure if this was the correct place.

  3. Kay Dummer November 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I heard you on Midday connection today @ lunch. What a wonderful idea to only buy free trade items for those on your Christmas list. I would love to learn more. I only knew about Free trade coffee, didn’t know about all the other things our there. I’m here on your site to find links to the site you mentioned on air. Thanks be to God for you and your ministy.

  4. Kelly Johnson November 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I missed the show (midday connection) today since I can’t listen at work so I listened on the internet this evening. I also saw you on the Harvest show on LeSea Broadcasting in South Bend. I enjoyed both very much! I also look forward to seeing you in person next year at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. I’m going to check out some fair trade websites. I’m not sure if we have any in the Indianapolis area but plan to do some research. This makes me wonder about the little fabric angels that are for sale in our church’s bookstore. Made in China, selling for $1. Purchased through the Oriental trade magazine. Were these made by slave workers? Should I address this issue with the person who does the ordering for the bookstore. How do I approach without offending? Thanks again!

  5. lynn hall November 25, 2009 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Heard you on Midday…the Lord has been stirring my heart of late and I would love a chance to receive one of your books. I am just moving to Michigan, so will be looking for opportunities. Blessings, lynn

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