10. Consider carving out a true day of rest.
Maybe a genuine day of rest is just what your soul and body need this year. It’s entirely okay to tell your family and friends that this is what you need in order to keep moving forward in health so don’t apologize for it. Napping is a glorious thing, and aren’t we all thankful when we’ve had the sleep our bodies are yearning for?
Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Whatever you choose to do in a year where the big meal is not the focus of your Thanksgiving celebration, remember that there is a time and a place for everything. Sometimes God calls us to do things a little counter-culturally or outside of our comfort zones, and often he shows us his glory in the midst of the unconventional. If this is your year for a Thanksgiving not centered around the big meal, go big in the way you choose. It may end up being the best Thanksgiving you’ve ever had. At the very least, you’ll never forget it!
Kendra Fletcher is a mother of eight, speaker, author, and podcaster. She is the author of Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace, and Leaving Legalism: Learning to Love God, Others, and Yourself Again, and she regularly writes for Key Life Ministries. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible. Where she writes: www.kendrafletcher.com
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