Tis’ the season to be thankful…
Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love the idea of school starting back up again, and the new school supplies. I love to put away the short sleeve shirts and pull out the warm cozy sweaters that have been hiding since spring. I love that I can add layers to warm up, rather than fighting the ability to cool off. I love the changing colors of the leaves through the season until they drop from their branches. And I love the idea of sharing openly and telling others what I am thankful for on Thanksgiving.
But why wait until Thanksgiving to recognize all that God does for you each and every day? What a privilege it is to say “thank you” to God for the many everyday blessings that come our way!
God’s word says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Colossians 4:2
And also, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
As I reflect on Thanksgiving, it reminds me of the harvest season. Some synonyms for harvest are: reap, uncover, store, glean, and gather. These are very active verbs that can help describe a heart of thankfulness as a harvest. Uncover the hidden, forgotten things that we can be thankful for. Store up and remember the good that God has blessed you with. Reap the joy that is a direct result of thankfulness. Glean from the normal every day things that which is good, releasing what isn’t so. And gather the memories to be retold to your friends and family of God’s faithfulness, even through hard times.
I urge you to begin the search for the harvest that thankfulness brings. I find that it changes my outlook on life and the world in which I live. I have the privilege to see what God sees; finding the little things to be thankful for in the midst of some heavy storms of life. I recognize more of what God has done in my life when I take the time to reflect and give thanks for His personal love and care.
I am super thankful for many things. I am thankful for the made. team that provide opportunities to encounter God’s word and dwell there, understanding how God fearfully and wonderfully made us in His creative image! I encourage each of you, to participate in the next made. Creative Gathering and see what God desires to share with you, personally. This conversation with God does take time. It takes a quiet, intentional, and purposeful study of His Word.
I am also thankful for the family God has blessed me with and the gift they give to me in taking time during the month to explore my creative side. This is a true gift.
Slow and pause to reflect on today. Thank God for the colorful changing leaves falling like snowflakes in the breeze, the patchy blue sky after a grey dreary day, the small scurrying critters around the yard, or the light filtering through a stand of trees. Enjoy God’s creation during this season – take a walk, kick up leaves, breathe in the full aroma of fall ~ Enjoy your personal abundant harvest of thankfulness.
~Shauna- made. Creative Team