Thanksgiving! Are You Ready?
One week from today is Thanksgiving!
I don’t know about you, but for me that is hard to believe!
Usually, it’s around this time of year that my head starts spinning with all the planning and my hands and feet start moving with all the doing. Pretty soon I am stressed and overwhelmed and racing through each day and week trying to get it all done.
Do you do that?
It’s as if someone says “Go!” and fires the starter pistol and we all just start running like crazy people! Doing anything and everything because it’s just “what we do”. Every cute idea we see we think “Oh! I should so do that!”.
Do you know how many “cute ideas” there are on Facebook, The Food Network, Instagram, Pinterest, HGTV, Twitter, or hanging on our neighbor’s front door!?
Because of all of this, I realized last year that I was not enjoying the holiday season like I once did. (You think!?)
I was missing it.
This has always been my absolute favorite time of year so it made me so sad when I realized I just couldn’t wait for it all to be over. All I really wanted was the routine and normalcy of January.
This year I am saying "No more!"
This year I decided it is going to be different. I am taking it back!
My only goal for now through the end of the year is to enJOY every moment. Be present each day. Keep my joy and peace and say “no” to as much as I can.
I am planning to do this by being very intentional and aware rather than just coasting along on cruise control. My “automatic yes” switch has been turned off!
I am starting by preparing and focusing on Thanksgiving. What it really means and how I can be present and bless others and receive blessings along the way. (this doesn't have anything to do with when you put your tree up! Thanksgiving is still next Thursday, even in houses with tinsel and holly. ;))
Thankfulness doesn’t happen accidentally. We have to choose it. You and I have to make a choice to look for things to be grateful for and then express that gratitude. We can express it to God and to other people. And we should do both of those. It feels good! It feels good to give and to receive thanks. And it’s contagious! Start a trend of gratitude in your home over the next week.
I love the idea of sitting around the Thanksgiving table and saying what we are thankful for. What if we practice by saying what we are thankful for everyday leading up?
What if every new place or situation we find ourselves in today we find something to be thankful for?
Gratitude makes what we have more than enough. Appreciating what we have starts with being thankful for it.
A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5 ESV
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1 ESV
I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. Psalm 7:17 ESV
So, I am inviting you to do this with me. I’ll have a short devotional each day, now through Thanksgiving Day to help us prepare and really make the most of this amazing time of year. I hope you’ll join me!
Whether you decorate on, before or after ;) - we can all choose to be intentional about Thanksgiving this year!