Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 7~Bread & Wine


My favorite place in the world is beside a fire.

And my second favorite place is around our dining room table with my people. Last night we celebrated Jeff's birthday, and almost all of us were there.

We sat around our table, eating his favorite meal, enjoying bread and wine, and drinking in the richness of family and the blessings of the Lord.

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, 
who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
May you see your children's children!
Peace be upon Israel!
~Psalm 128

The thought occurred to me today that these are the same people we live with day in and out. The richness we enjoyed around our table last night as we shared our food, our time, and our hearts . . that same life is surrounding us daily. 

We just took time to sit and soak it in, and it nourished our souls like nothing else does!

These are some of the same people that had me in tears the day before. So here's the lesson. Perspective. It's all in the way I'm looking at my life and those who surround it. 

Am I focused on what's lacking, the problems, and the ways they don't live up to my expectations? 

Or am I focused on the gift they are, how they enrich my days, and giving thanks for all their goodness and beauty?

This giving thanks thing, it is powerful! It literally changes our perspective and causes us to see the beauty our negative attitudes can cause us to miss. And as we see the beauty in the blessings, it reveals to us the love of our God. 

And that's the real gift!

Giving thanks for . . .

~ a husband who loves God and his family

~ children who love and honor their father

~ our table

~ bread & wine

~ myyyyyy grandbabyyyyyy!

This week I'm giving away a copy of one of my favorite books . . Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. I've found some of our favorite recipes in this beautiful memoir of food and family, and I'd love to give you a copy!

This giveaway will be open through Sunday at midnight, and I'll announce the winner on Monday! Just enter below! 


I'm celebrating Thirty Days of Thanks by posting my list of thanks here daily for 30 days. You can join me every day or any day by posting your thanks in the comments, by posting at Winsome Woman on Facebook, and/or posting on your own FB wall! 

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, 
for His steadfast love endures forever!" 
~Psalm 107:1