Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thoughts on Thankfulness!!


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.
~George Herbert~

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~~

Julie

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

4 comments:

Cheyenne said...

This was so encouraging to me...I needed every word of it. Thank you for sharing. We need quietness...and trust. Thank you.

Joanne said...

Julie - A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Thanks for sharing your post.

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful sentiments Julie. It would do well for all of us busy women to remember these things-especially at this time of year. I hope you had a restful and blessed Thanksgiving. Ours was lovely...quiet, spent with family and a few friends.
I owe you an email...again. :)
Hugs,
Rhonda

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Cheyenne!
I am so happy it encouraged you and please know that it encouraged me to hear that!! A simple comment can mean so much!! Bless you for your kind words, dear friend!!

Joanne~
A very Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! I think of you each time I see my beautiful rug and I am always so thankful!
Bless you my friend!!

Rhonda~
It means so much to know our thoughts and soul stirrings speak to someone and I appreciate your kind comments...always!! So happy you had a special day and I look forward to hearing from you!!
Blessing my friend!!