When I was younger, I remember Sunday dinners where several of my uncles would frequently join us at the dinner table. My mom graciously opened her house and heart to serve her single brothers with a home cooked meal. The food that was prepared was a Sunday meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans (fresh from a garden), rolls, and some fabulous dessert. Our usual Monday through Friday fare did not compare to the bounty that graced the table on Sundays.

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My mom was generous in spirit. She opened her kitchen to lovingly prepare for the upcoming dinner. She opened her heart to make sure her brothers were well fed and surrounded by family. She gave the gift of time in her role as hostess. chef and loving sister.

My first lessons of generosity were modeled by my mom. The giving of self and that little something extra to bless someone with were huge examples to me of a generous heart. It all started with an extra scoop of ice cream or another piece of bread so my uncle could come out even with what was left on his plate. One extra serving in the eyes of a young girl turned into a life long lesson of a generous heart.

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-12

Being generous gives someone that little extra serving they need whether it is time, love, services, money, etc. God’s Word tells us that sharing that little something extra with others is also an expression of your thanks to God for His blessings!

What are your Thanksgiving blessings and how will you share your bounty today? What is the little extra serving you have to give today?

With generous hearts and all our love, we freely let it go and lift our thanks to God!

In thanks and praise, I lift all of you friends in prayer to God this Thanksgiving week! You are some of my greatest blessings!

Much love,

Mary

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