It was a rainy and cloudy Thanksgiving day. The birds aren’t chirping any longer and the snow isn’t falling yet either. We are caught in the in-between of two seasons which is a mirror to my life. Most of the family has found themselves sleeping after engorging on the fabulous spread we feasted over, thanks to our champion mother and team.
This is typically the time of year when I begin to reflect on my year as well as jot down things I believe the Lord is showing me for the new year. We have a glass jar filled with gratitude notes that we write up throughout the year and I like to pull them out to remember the big and simple blessings we were given.
Just like any other year, we experienced some great joys and endured some hard knocks, but I’ve learned over the years to pay more attention to the blessings than the hurts.
Anyone can be happy when life is easy and good, but the true test is if you can find peace and joy when things have been rough.
Having a heart of gratitude comes from focusing on the good things in life.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8
I woke up this morning to a warm and cozy home. Within a few minutes, mom and I were enjoying a cup of coffee together as we shared some thoughts on the life of Job. We then went for a nice walk together as we chatted about our Thanksgiving meal plans. To top things off, I was able to enjoy spending time with each of my sons and much of my family.
Life is good. I am blessed.