Thou has given so much to me,
Give me one thing more, a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
This is the time of year when we are supposed to celebrate all that we are thankful for but as of late I have been finding myself rushing around in a rather frantic state!! It seems like I am running on a wheel....faster and faster, around and around, but actually going nowhere!!! Oh how the tyranny of the urgent can steal your energy, joy, focus, creativity, and thankfulness!! Everything is measured by the phrase, " I need to" and so life becomes a list of "need to's", and soon your energy becomes exhaustion, joy becomes sorrow, focus becomes blurred, creativity is stagnant and thankfulness turns to ingratitude!! Oh what is a frantic woman to do???
The answer is simple, yet profound!!! JUST STOP RUNNING!!! This truth jumped out at me yesterday and has made such a difference and I would like to share it with you....it comes from Psalm 116 and says,
"Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings." (The Message).
As I reflected on this, a deep sense of calm washed over me, and I began to smile as I thought about all the things I have to be thankful for!! Just as our early forefathers set aside a time to cease from their labor and rejoice in God's bounty and grace, so have I chosen to do the same, thankful for my many blessings.......a loving husband, children and family, a home where I am warm and safe, good food to enjoy, having a job that I love, being able to create things for others to enjoy and decorate their homes with, and special friends like you, who take the time to stop by and be part of my world. For all of this and so much more, I am truly and deeply thankful!!!
Wishing all of you a most Wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with joy, hope and above all, Thankfulness!!!
With Thankful Blessings~~
Remember God's Bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in the light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! ~ Henry Ward Beecher