Celebrate ‘Friendsgiving’ This Thanksgiving Season

Phyllis Inspiration 19 Comments


To each of us, that word has different meanings. What we are thankful for differs as well. And as we age, I think it takes on new meanings with the passing of time. What used to be the traditional large family gathering—women in the kitchen, men by the TV watching football rivalries, and kids playing outside until the dinner was ready— has changed or is not always possible.

Enter the Friendsgiving. I heard that term several weeks ago, and I was intrigued by it. That is a wonderful idea. Why not have a gathering of friends that mean so much? A gathering of friends takes the place of the traditional family when one is alone or can’t physically be with their family for whatever reason.

The love of friends should be celebrated whether on Thanksgiving Day or during this Thanksgiving season. Take this time to get together and tell why you are thankful for each friend.

It would take me days to tell all the wonderful things for which I am thankful. This past year has been a mixture of challenges, illness, death of loved ones, happy times with grandchildren, and many moments of joy! At each time I had friends that walked with us. Neal and I are very blessed, and we really have a deeper love for family and friends who have walked with us.

During this time, writing notes of gratitude would mean so much to the people in your life. Simple words change lives. Words encourage and give hope.

Thank you for your love and prayers during this past year. Our Ribbon group is very special. Happy Thanksgiving, and may you always remember that you are loved.

Comments 19

  1. Dear Phyllis,

    Thank you for bringing Light into our world. I am touched and encouraged for your stand in bringing God’s love and beauty into the magazine world and into our world.

    I would like to pray for you in the way that my mother began to pray a lot towards the end of her life of 91 years. She would pray: “Father, please bless (whoever was on her heart) in just the way (they) have need of today for You know what it is and how to fix it…and I don’t. So I’m going to put (them) into Your big, wonderful hands and I know You’re going to bless (them) in just the way that You know best. Thank You, Lord! I love You! Amen.

    Just substitute your name, Phyllis, in the parenthesis and know that you are in God’s big, wonderful hands being blessed with whatever you have need of…in Jesus’ name. Amen.

    One of my most favorite scriptures, Isaiah 53:5, is the basis for all of our needs being met. PTL!

    Thankful for you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. Connie, that is such a beautiful prayer that your mom liked to pray and it is wonderful that you are blessing others with it.
      Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

    What a wonder-filled time of year. Family & friends, joy abounds when they are around, no no greater gift than that of Life!. My Praise to God for all He blesses us with and my gratitude that He loves us all.
    Have a Chocolate Sweet Thanks Giving,

  3. Thank you for your words of encouragement and inspiration. I have So much to be thankful for, and I praise God, and give Him all the thanks and glory for all my blessings. Bless you and your family ❤️

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Phyllis, and to all the kindred spirits here on “Ribbon” who share a love for the lovely, graceful things in life. Blessings to you all!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
    Every month, I look forward to my copy of Victoria Magazine. It is such a beautiful magazine, only concentrating on the beauty in life!

  6. I’m truly thankful for the loving kindnesses of the Lord that are new every morning. He showers us with His love through our friends and family. And He uses each of us as vessels of His love to those around us whether they be friends, family or strangers. I’m thankful for all the words of encouragement that are written by you Phyllis in your Ribbon and for the words of your readers who take time to respond. Hoping you all have delightful times as you gather this Thanksgiving with those you love!

  7. Thank you Phyllis for the Ribbon In My Journal and all of your lovely products. Reading your posts is such a joy. Wishing you and Neal and your entire family including every one at Hoffman, a Blessed Thanksgiving. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to all and blessings to everyone! I am a firm believer everything happens for a reason. Call it divine intervention, destiny, fate, or Mother Nature, the pandemic is a wake up call to all to remember what is truly important in Life!
    We are blessed in so many ways and have all we need. Look around- Thanksgiving is the time to count your blessings!
    Health, love, peace, family, and friends.

  9. I always appreciate your kind Ribbon notes. They are written with much thought and feelings. Trusting you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving and you will give the Lord the thanks for your spiritual, physical, and all the blessing the Lord gives us in these trying days. We can shine BRUGHTER in this world of darkness. Keep at the good work of seeking to help and encourage others.

  10. Warmest Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family. Yes, it has been a challenging year, with me as well. Also a death of a loved one, and health issues, but overall, thankful for many things. Enjoy your time with family and friends. I look forward to reading more Ribbon in My Journal blogs.

  11. Thank you Phyllis! I agree with you completely. My best wishes to you and your family for a happy, enjoyable, and safe Thanksgiving; recalling the Lord’s goodness to you.

  12. Thank you for always being an inspiration, Phyllis. I too have a million things I am grateful for each day, friends of all kinds being one of the many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving, and may God bless you and the ones you love. xo Lidy

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