Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

This is my Apple Pecan Braid. It's a recipe I created as an alternative to apple pie. My daughter, my grand-daughter Word Girl, and I all love it. The little ones, Miss Personality and Computer Girl don't have the same opinion. I hadn't made this in quite some time so I decided to make it one Sunday while the girls were over. I knew the little ones weren't fond of this but I had something else they could snack on so I went ahead with it. Being the oldest, Word Girl takes a back seat to the little ones a lot. I'm really very proud of how well she handles it too. So sometimes I try to consider her first when I'm making these decisions and she was thrilled at this decision.

Miss Personality hung out with me in the kitchen while I made it and happily stole apple slices from my stock as I worked. We talked about the ingredients and she confirmed that she loved them all except the pecans but that she could pick them out. So she was sure she would like it and she wanted a piece when it was done.

After it came out of the oven I let Word Girl drizzle the icing on it. Now the icing was something they all loved. About that time Computer Girl came to watch. She knew she didn't like the braid and had a look of disappointment on her face but didn't voice any complaints. I let her taste a little piece of the crust with some icing on it and her eyes brightened up so I asked her if she would like a piece from the end where it is mainly crust with icing and she liked that idea.

As we were all enjoying our pastry and each other's company, Computer Girl looked over at me and in her sweet little voice said "Thank you Grandma." That one little expression of gratitude said so much. For one thing, it said that she felt loved. It also said that she was content with what she had been given. We both knew that it wasn't what she would have picked if she had been given the choice, but still she was content with it and freely offered an expression of gratitude without any prompting. That expression melted my heart and made me very proud of her.

God doesn't always give us what we want but He never discounts our desires. We can choose to complain about what we don't have or we can choose to be thankful and content with what is given. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, and throughout our lives, may we melt His heart and make Him proud.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Psalm 118:28

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Nana Jul said...

Be content...just what this heart needed to hear this morning. Thank you Edie! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Oh, Edie...I think we are all wishing that our computer screens were "scratch-n-sniff"! Looks delicious!

I love that "Computer Girls" said thank you! Doesn't it go such a long way into our hearts!!!! They all will remember making that bread with you on Sunday! The love and the smells!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tammy said...

I love your illustration.

Learning to be content isn't easy and at times takes some work on our part, I guess that's why Paul said "I'm learning...

Happy Thanksgiving,

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Mmmmm! That pastry looks delicious! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Edie.

Lee Ann

Warren Baldwin said...

Wonderful story! You have a sweet grandchild.

And I bet my wife would enjoy the recipe for that pastry. Mmm, that might make a good post in itself!

David C Brown said...

I'm glad that God didn't give me everything I asked for!

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

This is such a sweet story, Edie! When we see true gratitude in our kids it is so precious.

Happy Thanksgiving!

From the Heart said...

Loved your post and I'm sure the bread is delicious.

You are so blessed to be able to include your grandchildren in what you do.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Mary said...

I love your post today! There is so much to be thankful for, I don't know how we can find time to complain...He always gives us what is best! Hug those sweet grandchildren for me!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Sue J. said...

Besides all the sweet thoughts and expressions (and icing!), you also show the challenges of trying to meet each grandchild where she is. That's not an easy task; it means you really have to get to know them.

That's like our Lord, too. He knows us through and through, and knows how our nature would respond to thinks. Yet, through His love, He guides us in those responses, helping us see how we can be more like Him. And that's something that you do so well!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Irritable Mother said...

Oh, Edie,
I was fully enjoying reading this, fondly remembering this afternoon when Joshua was helping me bake pies.
Then I got to the last statement, may we melt His heart and make Him proud. You really got me with that one!
To melt God's heart. Yes! That is what I want to do.

Precious Gems said...

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you abundantly :)

Stacy Wittkamp said...

God doesn't always give us what WE think we want, but He give us what HE KNOWS we need. I am thankful that He knows me better than I know myself!