A Grateful Heart


By Tammy Trail

I recently had to go back to work full time, and to be honest, its been a real challenge. While I am grateful that I have a job, some days it sure would be nice to go back in time when I didn’t have to get up at 4:30 a.m. to get to work before 6:00 a.m. I’m on my feet all day. I have to wash pots and pans, and I get the pleasure of working with a couple of crabby people. You know the kind I’m talking about. They just like to cause trouble. They other day I even had visions of quitting and going back to an old employer and begging for my old job back.

BUT….How could I do it? I had prayed to God for this job. It was full time hours, kind of rare these days. And I have health insurance, even more rare in today’s economy. I am getting used to getting up so early, I even enjoy driving to work when no one else is on the road. And those people who make life interesting…..well, they are really everywhere. I have to learn to give it to God and he will take care of it. Because doing anything else, in my humble opinion is being downright ungrateful. I don’t want God telling all the Saints in Heaven, “There goes an ungrateful child.” Okay, I don’t really believe God does that, but it did stir my heart to think that I was wallowing in that pit.

Thankfulness is an attitude that we need to think about daily. In the Bible, the story of Job always amazes me. If anyone had a reason to throw an almighty hissy fit, it was Job. God took everything that mattered to Job away, and the man still sung praises to our God. I’m not sure I would have done the same without complaining a whole lot first. Isn’t it in our human nature not to be content with our circumstances? Job was certainly human, but he did not let circumstances rule him. He trusted God to work it out. And we find that God honored Job’s trustworthiness with blessing Job with a more joyous future.

If you have yet to read Ann Voskamp’s, “One Thousand Gifts,” I urge you to do so. Finding grace moments with God in extraordinary circumstances in life, and embracing a lifestyle of gratitude is a worthy challenge. I have yet to make my list of a thousand gifts.

I would add these gifts to it:

My own Salvation and walk with Jesus Christ.

For my Family, especially my three wonderful grandsons.

For my hard working husband.

For the opportunity to work everyday.

I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with a grateful heart. How about you?

My children beg for this every holiday!mxor02.

Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

2 (3.4oz.) Packages instant Vanilla Pudding mix

1 cup Milk

1 (8 oz.) container sour cream

1 (14 oz.) can  sweetened condensed milk

1 (8 oz.) container  frozen whipped topping, thawed.

6 bananas, sliced

1/2 package of Vanilla Wafers (12 oz.)

In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk, stirring until mix is dissolved. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, until partially set.

Stir in condensed milk into pudding mixture until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and sour cream. Fold in sliced bananas.

Make a single layer of vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish. Spread pudding evenly over wafers. Crush wafers and crumble on top.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

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