With all the uncertainty we face from week to week during this ongoing pandemic, it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit this year. Our normal family gatherings are being put on pause out of an abundance of caution. And areas of strain in our life, may seem even more unbearable, in the midst of the world’s current chaos. How do we find hope in a seemingly hopeless time ? Remember Jesus is and will always be our hope, and he always prepares and provides for his people. How can you prepare and provide for your family this season?
Prepare the Necessities
I have recently felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to prepare my home. And He has sent numerous confirmations along the way. So, I encourage you as well, to grab a few extra groceries, toiletries and have an emergency plan for your family. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom as to how to budget and what to buy. Check with your doctor if you need extra prescribed medications, and keep a few general items to build your immune system. Elderberry syrup is my families go to for immunity support. This syrup can be purchased or made with a few simple ingredients from home. In addition, many foods you use on a daily basis can be frozen and stored for and kept fresh for months. Breads, greens, meats, and milk are just a few food items that freeze very well. Don't forget drinking water and whatever juices your family drinks regularly. When Noah began preparing the ark, many people made fun of him, but when the rains came, God had prepared Noah and his family well in advance. Let's be obedient so if these items are needed, we will be ready and not caught off guard!
Provide Space to Connect
Look for special devotions to do as a family, crafts, movie time, and discussion. As long as we are living we can chose to make the best out of our circumstances. Create new traditions. Cook, sing, and play together! Ask your children how they are feeling and share how you are coping as a parent with God’s help. Be intentional to reassure your children that you love them and you love making holiday memories with them. Start up a family game night with extended family, during the holiday break. Even though virtual gatherings dont allow us to hug and touch physically, our love for one another can still be felt, and you all can have tons of fun and memories to last for years to come!
Provide a Special Meal!
Still enjoy your holiday meal and special treats. Try to do at least one recipe as a family. Take plenty of pictures to create a scrapbook or digital photo album. The youngest to the oldest can participate in some task. Decorate your table in festive and home in festive colors. I've noticed that some families have even started decorating for Christmas early! Whatever, your family decides… just make this Thanksgiving special. Sometimes, we have to do things and allow our feelings to catch up later.
Looking for a new recipe to try? Try my recipe for sweet potato pie!
Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 Deep Dish Pie shell or 2 Regular Size pie crusts
2 Cups Baked and Mashed Sweet potatoes (don't boil!)
3/4 Cup of Sugar
1 TBSP All Purpose Flour
1/2 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP Nutmeg & Cinnamon
1 Egg (slightly beaten)
1 TBSP Lemon Juice
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 Cup Evaporated Milk (unsweetened)
Mix all dry ingredients first, then add others until combined.
Bake for 30-45 mins until knife comes out clean. Enjoy!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!