November 2013
 
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
~Melody Beattie
     Traditionally, November is the month we stop to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise. Since then, families all across this great country of ours look forward to celebrating the day with family, food, and football.
        We have been known to travel great distances in our pursuit of feasting on family favorites such as big mama’s sweet potato pies, and Auntie’s famous smoked turkey with cornbread dressing. We will eat our fill of honey baked ham and homemade yeast rolls as we gather in front of the big plasma television rooting for our favorite football teams and watch as our menfolk relive their glory days as the head outside during half time and try to emulate the big play from a football game long since forgotten. Yes, we love our food, our family and out football.
          As I have gotten older, I have begun to value this holiday in ways I never realized before. I and my sisters are becoming family elders. You know the old ladies who you usually find in the kitchen sharing family history, recipes and memories. I find myself daydreaming of times gone by when my own mother, grandmother and aunties would gather together on the Wednesday before the thanksgiving holiday to start preparing our family’s feast.
         I remember as a young girl how exciting it was to be given the responsibility of making my first chocolate cake and how proud I felt when my dad and my uncles fought over that last slice of cake. Or the first time my mother trusted me enough to make the corn bread dressing all by myself and I sweated bullets because if it wasn't just right, I would never hear the end of it. Or the smile on my face when my own sons and their friends would literally gather around the oven, waiting for that first batch of yeast rolls to come out so they could devour them before they made it to the dinner table.
       I have learned that memories and life's special moments are merely flashes of clarity that remind us why we live. It's not really the turkey or cake that make those lifetime of memories. It's the emotions they evoke and the how they impact you and the people you love. Its how you feel at those special moments and the realization that the food and the football are simply the props that are added to the scenes called your life.
      I have learned to be just as grateful for the journey and to not just happy to arrive. I now know its just as important to embrace the moment for moments just like opportunities are fleeting. I have come to the realization of just how important it is to tell those you love how you feel because tomorrow really just might be too late. But most of all, I have learned to have an attitude of gratitude and never to take life or love for granted because gratitude unlocks the fullness of life and turns what we have into enough, and more.
 
Happy Thanksgiving,
Jacqueline D. Moore
 
 
 
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Lover's of themselves, lovers of money, unthankful, despisers of God, haughty, loving pleasure more than God, sound familiar? Well, words were actually written by the Apostle Paul thousands of years ago, yet, they could easily have been written yesterday. Messages strewn across pulpits Sunday after Sunday have become little more than self help lessons, anemic in their ability to transfuse power into the souls of the people. Souls left empty, hungry for more, unnourished because what they really seek is the bread of life, the truth of God's word. 
 
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Storytellers of Peace In The Storm Publishing!
 
With an attitude of gratitude, recognition of favor fills our hearts and warms our spirits. As the Peace in the Storm family gives thanks for all the things that make up the quality of our lives, we extend that appreciation to all who have touched our lives. We realize that by birth we have been blessed by God and through the support and encouragement of our readers we feel favor.  May we all continue to be thankful for the abundant connections that make life such a wonderful journey.
~Lorraine Elzia

Although we should be grateful everyday, we set aside a corporate day to be thankful for all of the good things that we have been given. Enjoy a wonderful holiday, and have words of thanksgiving in your heart and on your lips. I am personally thankful for so many things, but I am especially thankful for the support you have shown to PI.T.S. Thank you all!
~Brian Ganges

My prayer is that we are thankful daily for God's blessings and favor towards us, being mindful to remember those less fortunate in substance and love.
~Sharel E. Gordon-Love

As another year rolls around and we celebrate one more year of blessings, I simply want to say “thank you.”  I thank God that my family and I are able to come together and rejoice at the opportunity to sit down together and break bread.  We faced many challenges and milestones this year and met most with grace, favor and more than a few tears.  We said goodbye to some loved ones and welcomed a few new ones into the fold.  I watched with relief, pride and yes, some sadness as my baby boy graduated high school and headed off to college.  I found a new sense of pride as I ventured into new and exciting territories with my writing. I discovered a new voice within me and the courage to speak out on behalf of sexually abused children everywhere.  And in the process, I realized that until we bring this taboo topic out of the darkness and into the light we run the risk of losing more of our babies to this great travesty called incest. I thank God for the opportunity to positively effect change and stimulate thought with the gift of writing He has so graciously blessed me with and I thank Peace in the Storm Publishing for another great year of partnership. “Happy Thanksgiving.”
~Jacqueline D. Moore


 
 
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