I’ve made my lists for Thanksgiving. I only have 4 more grocery stores to hit and then I’m ready!! Well, then I have to start cooking. My voicemail is full, my kids are climbing the walls, I’m not sleeping well because my mind is racing… and David just got in town from shooting God’s Not Dead 3!!! Eeeekk!!
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It’s easy to lose sight of what really matters. We all know this. I have to admit that when I sat down to write this week’s blog I was kind of dreading it because I don’t want to just write about being thankful. I want to inspire and be inspired to show my gratitude towards others during this super crazy time AND to be thankful to God… So what exactly does that mean and how can I/we achieve that?
I say it all the time…B E S T I L L . One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” I have to constantly remind myself to s l o w d o w n and really take in the people and moments around me. Especially this time of year, I struggle to take my focus off of the “things” and to-do lists, and put it where it needs to be: loving others—pouring into them. When all is said and done, the relationships I have with people are more valuable than anything on earth. I started thinking about how I can show others what they mean to me. Taking the time to stop and say hello and really H E A R how my friends and neighbors are doing. Dropping off a note, flowers, or a treat to let others know I’m thinking of them… these are some simple ways to show gratitude.
The holidays can be so incredibly lonely. While someone’s biggest problem might be finding the perfect present for their child or centerpiece for their table, for others it might be the weight of being alone… or even worse…feeling alone.
This year we have some close friends coming to share a thanksgiving feast with us. It’s the easiest way I can show my gratitude for others—to break bread with them and spend a day laughing and eating and being together.
The bible is dripping with scripture about gratitude towards God and being thankful for what He has provided. Last week (andrealoganwhite.com/confidence-pride-humility/) I talked about humility and acknowledging the gifts given by God. We either walk in humility or in pride. When we move in humility we are shifting our heart to a place of surrender, walking with Him and knowing He walks with us. In this place where we are focused on Jesus and the blessings He has bestowed upon us, we can continue to be grateful by asking God for opportunities to bless others.
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” –Colossians 3:16
Maybe I’m over-complicating it, maybe it’s just a matter of asking God: How can I glorify you today?
Joyce Meyer once said, “I’m not where I need to be, but I thank God I’m not where I used to be.” I look back at the past 10 years and think about the storm I was in (loss of loved ones, loss of a baby, financial loss, and endless health hurdles…). Looking at where God has led me and how He has pulled me through has been an incredible way to be grateful. Back then, I thought we would never get through it. I didn’t see how I could pull through it… And yet I never lost faith. I can look back and see a clear path where God carried me through the storm and how He has blessed me in so. many. ways.
My challenge to you (and to myself) for this week and this holiday season: Do things that are meaningful. Be intentional. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Focus on being in relationships with one another. Look for opportunities to bless others and to show your gratitude towards others through the love of Jesus. Thank God for the meal in front of you. Take Ann Voskamp’s 1000 gifts (http://annvoskamp.com/one-thousand-gifts-book/) challenge and write down 10 things you are thankful for every day. Or just wake up, thank God for your day and give it over to God. Ask how He can use you.
“Oh Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for You are my God.” – Isaiah 25:1
And on that note, I’m very grateful for each of you for being on this journey together. Happy Thanksgiving friends!