More Filling Than A Thanksgiving Feast.

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”  (Psalm 63:3-5)

As Thanksgiving came and went this week, Josh and I wanted to celebrate one of our culture’s most treasured holidays with our girls. When you’re surrounded by a foreign culture that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, this is a difficult task. God blessed us, as always, and we were able to have special moments with our girls. On Thanksgiving Day we went to our favorite café/playground, made a Thankful Turkey craft, watched a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and talked about the good gifts God has given us. We waited until Saturday night to have our Thanksgiving meal. Turkey has to be ordered at least a month in advance, so we opted for ham. My talented husband cooked an incredible ham! And yes, he actually had to cook it. We bought a gammon, and he boiled it, glazed it and baked it. I’ve never seen Ella Jane (our picky one) eat that much meat! We also had mashed potatoes, gravy, corn casserole and mac and cheese. We missed sweet potato casserole, but we couldn’t get sweet potatoes anywhere. It was a delicious meal and I’m thankful for the memory we were able to create with our girls.

Following that meal, I was stuffed. My stomach was full of rich foods and I was satisfied. My desire is for my relationship with Christ to be like that. I need to stop munching on the Pop Tarts this life offers and choose the satisfying feast of the Lord’s unending love. His love is better than life itself. Life is merely one of His gifts that He freely offers to us, but the Giver is so much more satisfying than the gifts. All I have to do is taste. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8).

I have to make the choice to taste the goodness of the Lord. I can choose to keep on eating Pop Tarts by idolizing things like family, traditions, ideal holiday expectations, and the family gatherings everyone else gets to have, or I can choose to feast on Christ. Don’t get me wrong, family, traditions and holidays are extremely important and should be prioritized. I’m a firm believer in using holidays and traditions to build family togetherness and point your children towards Christ. However, even as I write this I’m struggling to lay my holiday longings on the altar. I long to be home with our family savoring fifty-degree weather, drinking hot chocolate and watching Hallmark movies. Today while at our new church, my heart ached so badly to be reunited with our Bellevue family, especially our Life Group. I want my girls to know the joy of Christmas at Bellevue Baptist Church. What I don’t do a good job of remembering is that teaching my girls to know the deeply satisfying love of the Lord is far more important than sharing my holiday ideals with them.

So how do I make the choice to feast on the Lord this holiday season? I choose to praise Him. The Psalmist makes it clear that praise is a deliberate choice made by someone who has experienced the satisfying love of God. It’s a day in and day out choice that I must make everyday from now until eternity. My lips are my tool for praise. Instead of using them to groan about what I’m missing, I will choose to use them to tell my husband, daughters, and friends about how amazing God is. I will choose to sing Christmas carols that proclaim the Greatest Gift so that my girls can hear. When what I really want to do is draw close to home, I will choose to draw close to my Savior. His love satisfies me more than the fanciest Thanksgiving spread.