Cold Turkey

November 19, 2012 Pam Ford Davis
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Cold Turkey… We use the expression to describe a sudden cessation of a bad habit. We resolve to quit smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages or other addictive behavior. Bravely, we decide to go it on our own, declining outside assistance of support systems or medications to take the edge off the withdrawal. I think I can, I think I can!

Turkey and Thanksgiving are partners in time. The traditional family Thanksgiving dinner features the fowl and stuffing with all the trimmings. The aroma of basted baked birds tantalizes our appetites, and we can hardly wait to gather around the table to view carving of the golden browned center of attraction.

What do we do with leftovers? Is cold turkey something merely endured until a skeleton remains on a spacious platter? Maybe cold foreshadows our feeling of sadness at the realization that another family gathering has passed and mundane routines will return.

Our attitude of gratitude must never grow cold. We do not receive bountiful blessings by picking leftovers from a dead carcass. The resurrected Lord sustains life and through His gift of grace dishes out trimmings of unexpected joy and fulfillment. I come to Him daily with a hearty appetite, knowing He desires to fill me with His Holy Spirit. Thanksgiving is not a tip on a plate; it is praise on my lips! “Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done (Colossians 2:7b The Living Bible).”

Entry Filed under: Christian Growth,Devotionals,Family

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pam Ford Davis  |  November 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks Phoebe. This is an old article; glad you enjoyed it.

    Wing His Words,


  • 2. Phoebe Carter  |  November 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Very enjoyable article to read, Pam. I especially liked the second sentence in the last paragraph; a very satisfying choice of words, and so true! X


  • 3. Pam Ford Davis  |  November 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you, Lou Jean.
    We plan to gather more gourds with Mother on Thanksgiving. Norm’s sister, (from Slidell) may come for a short visit Friday. Norm & I’ll be going with Mother to a craft show Saturday at a Christmas tree farm. Happy Thanksgiving Hugs!

    Wing His Words,


  • 4. Lou J. Cannon  |  November 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    GREAT!!! Where will you and Norm have Thanksgiving/Where ever HAVE A BLESSED ONE!!! LOVE YE!!!


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