God Given Daisies             — by Carole Devecka

START BY SAYING THANK YOU

This time of year I like to create a fairyland Christmas which takes a lot of work.

Who is it for?

The best answer is: it’s for me!  I want to create lasting memories in the hearts of my children and grandchildren. This gives me joy.

It is a lot of hard work and long hours.  It requires a messy house, plus a patient understanding husband, and my great friend Richard to help me accomplish a beautiful holiday season.

Our official holiday countdown starts on Thanksgiving after brunch. We have brunch here so my grown children do not have to decide who they are going to spend Thanksgiving dinner with. They can be with everyone close by and share their day and make everyone happy.

It all starts with saying "Thank You" so I play a few songs that are on U-Tube to remind us all of how thankful we should all be.

Two of my favorites are "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart," by Don Moen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC0fkWA2INw)and "My Tribute: To God Be the Glory,” written by Andre Crouch and sung by Marilyn McCoo or Sissel  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWN6MYSjv6c).

The essence of these songs is that we should be grateful for everything… Everything we are, everything we have, everything we ever hope to be.  We owe all the Thanks to a loving God.

In addition we owe our thanks to our families and friends who love us just the way we are.

Thank You, Lord, for giving me a new day, new opportunities, your love, and the love others.

I give my thanks with an overflowing and grateful heart.

— © Carole Devecka, God Given Daisies


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