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
Wow, where has the time gone?! I haven’t shared anything with you in over a month! I’d love to tell you that I have been on a family vacation, or working hard on a home project, maybe even spending countless hours with my family just enjoying each other, or any other wonderful reason I haven’t had time to blog…. but I can’t. It’s not easy for me to admit, but I have been consumed with “busyness”, “worrying” and “things”.
Matthew 6:27 “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (NIV)
Honesty is hard to swallow sometimes. Continue reading