Seize the Moment: Conversation Starters

November 22, 2016

Seize the Moment Family Conversation Cards

Never have I been so thankful for a holiday. With the heaviness of important issues in the world and the Church, I think we are all just a little tired and in dire need of sweet potatoes, some football, our people–and a pause in the chaos to be grateful for the many blessings we do have.

This week is a chance to host a “friendsgiving” or catch up with family–maybe family you haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving. And I want to give you a challenge this year as you head to bake the turkey and gather around the table with some of your closest or distant relatives and friends.

Seize the moment.

Here’s what’s easy for us: We walk into the kitchen, hug our cousin, who we’ve only kept up with through Instagram, and she asks, “How have you been?”

We answer with: “Good! Busy, but things are going well! You?”

Then we move along to discuss the macaroni and cheese. Or much worse this year…start talking politics (just don’t.)

I get it…it gets busy and uninterrupted time with family is all of the sudden over and you kind-of missed each other.

So, let’s not take for granted the time we have with our people. I’ve created a set of conversation cards to help you out and break the ice. Now you get to be the one in your family to be a little bold and a little brave and take the conversation away from the food (and politics) and dig a little deeper!

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What are your plans this year? Share below in the comments. Most of us are out at Lost Valley Ranch (our favorite place on earth) this week visiting family, but Conner won his game Friday night, so the Regents Knights are headed to the Semi-finals! YAHOO! But that meant Zac and Conner had to stay home alone for practice this week. However, we are flying back in time for the game Friday. So I am pretty pumped and grateful we may be headed to a State Championship in two weeks. #Fridaynightlights.

Friday Night Lights

Praying for a few days you would celebrate a Thanksgiving full of hope and gratitude. I am so grateful for this little village we have here.

7 Responses to “Seize the Moment: Conversation Starters”

  1. I’m cooking for family. We invited an Air Force family who are far from their own family to join us for Thanksgiving.

    Then, Friday and Saturday, I’ll be doing the final edits on our new inductive study God’s Healing in Grief from Precept Ministries.

  2. We will be driving 45 minutes to my sister’s house to enjoy a full day of home-cooked goodness, a little skeet shooting, and an Anne of Green Gables marathon. And this post has just made me realize there is no doubt we live in farm-country. hah! Blessings to you, Jennie!

  3. Current plans are to go to my in-laws for lunch tomorrow! I am, however, in bed sick today, so praying that things will improve before noon tomorrow.

    Love the idea of the conversation starters – thanks Jennie!

  4. My husband spent two days in the cardiac care unit with multiple pulmonary embolisms {oh, nbd, just the kind that kill in seconds} less than a week ago. I’m soberly thankful we get to continue to do life together. We welcomed our first grand baby into the family six weeks ago and will have another, Lort willing, in April, so we still have a lot to look forward to. So thankful for our bountiful blessings. We’ll worry about how we’all pay those hospital bills another day!

  5. Erika Lozano Magallanes

    My husband, my only son(2yr) and I will be in El Paso, Tx!!!
    Visiting my father’s side of the family is a blessing beyond my imagination still to this day.
    My abusive mother took me away from them when I was two. For the next 30yrs, I felt unloved, unwanted and unworthy.
    My rock bottom was almost drinking myself to death in 2010. God had been a sweet church lady perusing me for three years. October 23rd 2010, I had accepted Jesus as my Lord and SAVIOR.
    That November was the first Thanksgiving I celebrated sober and by the Grace of God with an Amazing Faith Family!!!
    Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2011, God blessed me with my dad’s side of the family. They had been praying for me to come back all those 32yrs!
    Now, I get to share my LoVe for Jesus with them, my little family, and amazing blooming relationships!!!
    All I need is JESUS yet going to El Paso is part of my “sprinkles on top”!


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