As we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving day with family and friends, let us be reminded that not everyone will be doing the same. My heart goes out to all those who can’t be with their families and friends this Thanksgiving holiday. For our military men and women, thank you for your service today and always. For those who’ve lost a loved one and for those who long to have someone to love. For those who have had disputes with someone close to them and now feel alone because they haven’t found forgiveness. For those who have to work; who are sick, or unable to travel to be with their loved ones due to health or an inability beyond their means. For the homeless; the less fortunate; for our neighbors, friends and family who may not share what their misfortunes are, but are struggling to enjoy the holidays and make them special.
Thanksgiving is a perfect time to give thanks for our many blessings and share the gratitude that is in our hearts, today and always. Wishing you and your families, a truly blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
Today is the last day of a journey of thanksgiving: preparing for the holiday season from the inside out and I want to thank you for following me on this journey. These past 10 days have made such a difference in how I view my life and the world around me. There were many days, and I mean many that being thankful was much tougher than complaining and it took a lot of determination to not let that thought process control me. Everyone is always telling me that I’m so upbeat and positive and can’t understand how I can always see the good in others or see the light at the end of the tunnel. This isn’t always true, and that is why I made this commitment to take this challenge. I have been reflecting so much on my life and with the holidays approaching one particular story stands out in my mind, and I want to share it with you:
Last year on Christmas morning, I went around the house turning on all the twinkling lights, lit some candles and put on the Christmas music. I love Christmas and I couldn’t wait for my children to wake up; they may be Santa’s little helpers, but the magic of Christmas is something we all hold dear to our hearts and share with each other, even if it’s only for the benefit of another. I snapped this picture of my peaceful Christmas morning and posted it on facebook along with joyous Christmas wishes for all. Continue reading
What have you discovered these past 9 days? Have you made the commitment to find something to be grateful for in all circumstances? Waking up thankful and ending your night with gratitude, is something you can begin at any time. How fortunate are we to have a fresh start each and every day to make a choice to be happy; to see the good in everyone, to look at all we have been given with gratitude. Since I began this 10 day challenge (you can read the original post here) I have been training my mind to look deeper and to see the bigger picture.
I woke up to a snow-covered morning where the sun hadn’t made its presence yet and everything was peaceful and calm. The only interruption to this winter wonderland was Lucky’s pawprints as he pranced around in the snow. He does love the snow! Continue reading
Tis the season to be grateful! I have said it before and I will say it again… this is my favorite time of year! This commitment I made to prepare my heart, mind and soul for all the upcoming holidays has truly changed my perspective. I’ve made so many new discoveries about myself since I started this journey… if you haven’t read the original post for this 10 day challenge please read it here. Have you started your journey to new discoveries? I would love to know what your experiences have been since you began.
Throughout this journey I have been doing a lot of crying; which is hard for me to admit, but it’s true… the reality of how blessed you are can be very heart wrenching. So today I want to laugh! I was trying to find a way to incorporate humor into thanksgiving without taking away the purpose of this challenge. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is just a week away and we are halfway through our journey of thankfulness. It’s already day 5 and this 10 day challenge has definitely helped me to see things in a whole new light. Have you made the decision to be happy? Are you more mindful of your blessings and looking for something to be thankful for in all circumstances? I deeply hope you find it in your heart to take this journey with me, it is truly good for the soul. Continue reading
Have you ever wanted to do something but then didn’t follow through out of fear? I’m right there with you. I pray to the Lord each night asking him to help me use the gifts he’s given me in a way that can best serve him. 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV) “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”.
This blog was something I’ve thought about doing for quite some time, but I always had a reason, okay excuse why I shouldn’t: “Where do I start?” “What will people think?” “I have no idea what to write about!” “What if no one likes it?”; obviously you get the idea. Then the other night I thought, what do I have to lose? Mark 9:23 (NIV) “If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” There is no reason I cannot do this! I enjoy reading so many different blogs and always look forward to what I can take from each piece I read and how I can use it in my daily life… what if I could do that for someone else? What if that is God’s plan for me? Who cares if it isn’t eloquently written or if no one reads it at all. My blog can become my personal journal, a place to be creative, share thoughts, family traditions, parenting questions, recipes, frugal lifestyle tips, inspirational quotes and DIY projects; everything that I love, and I can go back to it over and over again. That my friends is what this is, my way of giving you something you can use in your daily life, even if it’s only a smile! After all, we truly can do anything we put our minds to; we just need faith and the courage to take that first step! What is holding you back from what you want to do?