Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
November 30th, 2006
Thanksgiving: Take 2

When we bought ‘Curry Farm’, we made friends with the owners – an older couple who could no longer keep up with the demands of the house and acreage on their own.  We were so blessed to get this place, but we grieved with them because we knew it was very hard and sad for them to leave.  Anyhow, today they are coming over to celebrate 2nd Thanksgiving with us.  While we were in Michigan surrounded with people we love (and who love us), we found out that our friends spent 1st Thanksgiving all alone.  This will be a really special day because I also missed my sister on 1st Thanksgiving (she was partying with our friends, the Austins); her whole crew will be here, too.  I will not have to miss out on her famous Green Bean Casserole this year after all!  I’m excited.  It will be a great afternoon of neat fellowship.


On another note, I forgot how much I like Colossians.  Chapter 3 is magnificent.  Today this struck me:

Col 3:12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


This list should reflect the actions of those who claim Christ.  Compassion and kindness are not attributes that I have spent a lot of time practicing lately.  It is easy to grow cynical and cold.  I think the church in America is wounded (if not dying).  It is very easy to claim Christ, but it seems like there is not much of an expectation for believers to live Christ.  While I examine the sorry state of the ‘American Church’ I also examine myself. 


We are called to recognize (and expose) bad doctrine and/or false leaders (1 Timothy 4:6; 1st Cor 5; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 1:3) — but that can be of no use personally if it is purely an intellectual exercise. 


We’re told in 2 Corinthians chapter 10 to also ‘test and examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith’.  If we are in Christ our actions will testify to that.  In other words, good fruit will be growing as we search His Word for truth.  We'll be loving God and loving others.


This article also hugely blessed me, if you have the chance I hope you take the time to read it.


 Happy 2nd Thanksgiving!

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  1. quietcajun said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 2:03 pm


    I am an acronym user and I need mneumonic devices to really learn something. That article was great and I will never think of CPR in the same way again.

    Happy 2nd Thanksgiving and may God bless you as you bless the former owners of your farm/property!!!

  2. jayfromcleveland said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 3:29 pm

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    2d Thanksgiving — is that like 2d Breakfast from Lord of the Rings? Like where Pippin says, “you mean he doesnt know about 2d Breakfast?”

    I agree with you about the way things are in the church. We get so complacent, like it’s our natural state. It’s a hard thing — sneaks up on you when you’re not looking. The blur between faith and politics doesnt help either. Many times I’ve been around Christians and have spent more time talking about liberals than Jesus. Our church is involved with people from the inner city and we are always ministering to people with some pretty messed up circumstances. It helps us stay connected to the sort of folks that Jesus also loves.

  3. mamatc said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    2nd breakfast!

    I like that Jay…

    Thank you, sister, for the knife in my flesh! Honestly, we need the exhortations of other brothers and sisters to keep us soberly on our toes in our faith. Fighting the good fight against complacency and selfishness, who seem to be working overtime these days. I don’t intend to be helping them earn a paycheck! The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak indeed!

    Bravo for sticking your tongue out at mediocrity and complacency! For truly, that is all they deserve.

    May you have a very blessed time as you gather for fellowship with your neighbors!


    Traci 🙂

  4. deedeeuk said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for the comment!

    We are in count down mode too!! Can’t believe I will finally meet the infamous JenIg and Gena!!! Throw in an incredibly amazing Kris Price and I’m just jumping with excitment! Hope your 2nd Thanksgiving is a wonderful day. Say hi to everyone for me! Anything you fancy from England?

  5. JenIG said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 5:13 pm

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    yay! we’re looking forward to seeing you too. and yes, could you please bring the queen with you? i’d like to talk to her about her views on scones vs. biscotti.

  6. drewsfamilytx said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 5:32 pm

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    Happy 2nd Thanksgiving!

    I know y’all will have a most fabulous time with your families and that dear elderly couple. What a blessing! Tis truly better to give than to receive.


    Marshie (who is finally have a contest…albeit a little one)

  7. jayfromcleveland said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 5:47 pm

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    DeeDee, if you’d care to post something to someone stateside, I’d rawtha fancy a jar of Mahmite. In the meantime, I’ll be content to suck on a boullion cube!

  8. tatertots said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 6:46 pm

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    Well, I’m sorry for the people, but I’m still really happy for your family. Stop by soon.


  9. my3sons said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 7:22 pm

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    Whereabout in Michigan did you spend Thanksgiving? I live just south of Saginaw in the country near a tiny burg called Oakley. My family spent Thanksgiving serving a meal at our church for anyone in the community who had no place to go. It was such a neat experience for all of us–even my 3 growing boys. I am SO thrilled that Paul and Gena are coming to my group in January to speak!!! I can’t wait to meet them in person! I would love to meet you someday too–maybe when you’re in MI sometime. That is so nice to have a second Thanksgiving and spend it with your new friends.



  10. Anonymous said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 8:16 pm


    I think it is so great of you to invite the old owners to celebrate a 2nd Thanksgiving. So sweet and so thoughtful. Enjoy it! BTW~I LOVE that pedal car…Rebecca from

  11. Jocelyndixon said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 8:57 pm

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    Hello, mrs. Ig…

    I just wanted to say hello… I posted a funny story, i thought you might ilke… I hope you are doing well, and will stop by soon!!

    Mára mesta,

    Edhël ó Loriën

    Read my latest post here: & Fourth Of July

    Daughter of JacqueDixon, and sister of SuperAngel, Tigerlily the Hobbit and Young Man in Training

  12. deedeeuk said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 3:23 am


    …not sure about that request! Do you think you could ask for something I could actually get in a shop maybe?!?!?!? Not really that pally with the queen (even after living here for a whole 13 years!) Sorry about that, but I could bring a great recipe for scones or even a mix? (acutally the recipe is better if you fancy having a go!)

    Oh and Jay – I’ll see what we can do! New airline restirction and all! But I might manage a small jar. Have you ever actually tried marmite????? Scraping up some tar off the road on a hot day and spreading that on your toast might be more appealing!! Just wanted to warn you so you can’t blame me!! We have commercials of marmite here that show the two reactions to it – LOVE IT!!!!! or HATE IT!!!! In my experience there is no inbetween. Personally (as I’m sure you have gathered by now) I HATE it! I tried it years ago and still shudder at the memory of the taste! Bbbbbrrrrrrr! Most mothers here wean children on Marmite on toast – personally I felt it would be child abuse of the worst kind! So my boys have never tasted the nasty stuff. If they want to one day, then that is up to them but at least they won’t be able to blame me for the experience! Well, I think I’ve said enough on that subject – especially since this is Jen’s blog!! (Sorry Jen!)

    We shall see what we can do!

  13. Juliestew said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 6:47 am

    After seeinmg theose Cabella pictures

    You MUST try my contest I’m having. By far, you would have won the Thanksgiving one. Those were just too funny. I never thought about actually taking my camera to the Bass Pro Shop to try out the gear there.

    Check out my blog for the photo contest.


  14. jayfromcleveland said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 8:55 am

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    Hi DeeDee, LOL! Wow, a Brit who hates mahmite! Next thing you’ll tell me is that you hate curds and whey! Indeed, my tongue was firmly planted in cheek when I wrote that, so please don’t incur the wrath of the airline authorities on my account. Yes, I have had the dubious pleasure of trying marmite, and I agree with you completely. Only it seemed to me a boullion cube-flavored salt paste, hence my remark. People in this country use stuff like that as a base for cooking meat gravy, not smearing on bread for a tasty treat!

    Oh, and don’t worry about sidebar conversations on JenIg’s blog, this is more the HSB community bulletin board than any other place.

  15. JenIG said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 9:04 am

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    Jay and DeeDee, just so you know…. Mr. Garrison was kind even enough to unload a jar of marmite on us when he was here last month — believe me, there is *more* than enough to share. DeeDee, I was sort of counting on you to eat most of it while you were here so that we didn’t hurt poor Mr. Garrison’s feelings. I wanted to be able to show him the empty jar the next time he rolled thru town. Now what am I going to do? Jay will have to take one for the team and just plug his nose and eat it for us.

  16. jayfromcleveland said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 11:03 am

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    Jen, well you can always use the marmite to fix your kid’s bike tires when they go flat!

    Is DeeDee bringing her boys? If so, here’s your solution. Serve it to them on Thomas’s English Muffins every meal of their visit, so as to “make them feel at home.” (You can also try your hand at blood pudding!) Being proper English homeschoolboys, they will keep politely eat it, maintaining that classic Anglo-Saxon “stiff upper lip” the whole while. By the time they leave: 1) the whole jar will be gone; 2) DeeDee will not have risked abusing her children; 3) you can show Mr. Garrison the empty jar on his next swing through; and 4) DeeDee’s boys will take home fond memories of Curry Farm and the USA. Sounds like a Win/Win/Win/Lose proposition (well, three out of four ain’t bad!)

    If all that fails, I’d be glad to take one for the team!

  17. cricket313 said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    Awesome Scripture references

    Thanks for posting those.. so encouraging and penetrating. I have had such a hunger for the Word lately. I just can’t get enought. I’m studing the Tabernacle in Beth Moore’s A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place. What a great study! So much to learn.

    God Bless You. Hope you had a great 2nd Thanksgiving. Thank you for the ministry you and your sister do for us homeschoolers.

  18. Buckeyeblog said,

    on December 2nd, 2006 at 7:45 am

    Hello There!

    I hope you had a GREAT 2nd Thanksgiving. We, too, traveled to Michgan to be with some dear friends (transplanted Buckeyes) for Thanksgiving. What part were you in? We were in Rochester Hills – just north of Detroit. We also had a bit of a 2nd Thanksgiving when we returned – we went to my mom’s and had some of her left-overs! 🙂

    It’s SO COOL that you are struck by Colossians [sp?]! Luke and Collossian are my all-time favorite N.T. books. Our pastor just did a 5-part sermon series on it, too. I was in Heaven on earth, soaked up every word – eh, hmmm – just like I do every week. Seriously, we do have a great preacher and he told me that I scare him b/c I take notes so he KNOWS SOMEONE is listening! Ha! He’s a funny guy.

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<><

  19. KimMurphy said,

    on December 2nd, 2006 at 6:03 pm

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    Thanks for posting the link to that article, Jen. It’s a good reminder for me to consistently check my focus and keep the main thing the main thing. A “witness” has to have something to witness to, and if we are not actively seeking God’s direction in our lives, we won’t have much to testify about when asked.

    A 2nd Thanksgiving, eh? Wow, what a great scam! I’m kicking myself I didn’t think of it! Since we had our 1st one at Cracker Barrel, maybe I could persuade the family to try a 2nd one at….hmm….IHOP maybe?

    Re: scones vs. biscotti – that’s not even a fair fight. Scones are the yummiest…and much less likely to chip a tooth.

  20. Momwtrmn said,

    on December 3rd, 2006 at 12:31 am

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    What a concept! Second Thanksgiving! Very cool!

    I understand totally what you’re saying about applying what we learn. Living it! It seems so many say they are willing to DIE for their faith, but so few are willing to LIVE for it!

    I like this verse that has only just recently touched me:

    Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had PREPARED his heart to SEEK the law of the Lord, and to DO it, and to TEACH in Israel statutes and judgments.” (caps mine.)

    Notice the order of the verbs? We must prepare our hearts, or else seeking the law is in vain. When we seek it, we must then actually do it. Finally, only once we have done it are we to teach it.

    It goes right in line with what you were saying. We must do the Word before we teach the Word. Look inside before we look outside.

    Thanks for the additional verses on this. And have a wonderful extra Thanksgiving!

    Many blessings,


  21. Jocelyndixon said,

    on December 4th, 2006 at 8:04 am

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    Just wanted to say hi!!

    Mára mesta,

    Edhël ó Loriën

    Read my latest post here: Yes, Even A Childless Woman IS To Be At Home - For The Bible Says So

    Daughter of JacqueDixon, and sister of SuperAngel, Tigerlily the Hobbit and Young Man in Training

  22. kuuleiroad said,

    on December 4th, 2006 at 10:40 am


    I appreciated your article on thankfulness in


  23. Boltbabe said,

    on December 4th, 2006 at 10:07 pm

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    What a great post! Firstly, I hope your 2nd Turkey Day was wonderful and full of fellowship…oh yeah and good eats too!

    Secondly, I am touched by your focus on the love traits. My husband and I have been studying them for several months with our Pastor and his wife. I am constantly amazed at how specific God spells out how we are to live and use these traits in every moment of our lives. If more people were to delve into God’s word and use it to live their lives by, imagine how our world might be. I am off to read the article.

  24. eyecorn said,

    on December 5th, 2006 at 7:51 am

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    How neat that you have become friends with the current owners. It must give them great joy to know their (former) home is bringing happiness to your family. When we sold our house last Spring, we sold it to a family with a girl DD’ s age. We were so thrilled because they were excited about the house and so thankful. Now, we are very good friends and our girls play together. Plus, we are friends with the people whose house we bought and see them often. It’s a wonderful feeling when there is friendship and kindness where there could have been animosity over something dumb like dirty carpets left behind.

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