November is here. I realize the stores are already geared up for the approaching holiday season, but I am not quite ready for the jolly, old fat man to make his appearance just yet. I love the fall. I love all that it entails; cooler temperatures, college football, and the beautiful colors of the changing of the season.
I also love the fact that we are called to give thanks during this time of year. I know that Christmas overshadows Thanksgiving much of the time, and it bothers me. Why can’t we have the first three weeks of November for quiet, meditative thankfulness for all God has done for us? Why do we have to rush headlong into the frenzy and mayhem that seems to represent the Christmas season?
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 reminds us that we should “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Wouldn’t it be easier to embrace the joy of Christmas if we have renewed our hearts with gratitude the month before? Before we focus on all the things we don’t have at Christmas, let’s take the time to acknowledge all of the good things that we do have at Thanksgiving.
I’m joining the attitude of gratitude challenge by posting one thing I am thankful for each day of November. I already posted on my Facebook page, but I thought I would share on here as well.
I am thankful for my husband. I felt the call to leave my full-time job almost two years ago. Finally, in May of 2015, he gave me the thumbs up and we became a single income family once again. As soon as I quit that job, our house flooded and we were forced to make major i.e. “pricey” repairs to our home. Not quite the way I saw my entry into life in the Lord’s service, but that’s what happened. I misunderstood the trail, and instead of relying on God to get us through the situation, I sought out part-time employment. I was miserable.
I finally decided to truly step out in faith and completely rely on God to provide in every situation in August. Hardest choice I have ever made, and best choice I have ever made. It’s also a choice that would have been impossible without the support of my husband. He encouraged me to follow my calling and try to grow the business that my friend and I started. Since that time, we have met success, and the contentment that comes with it. I am working hard, but I am working for God and I love it.
As the leaves change and fall off the trees, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratefulness to the grace of God. God gave me a great man, and I don’t always treat him that way or acknowledge his awesomeness. I’m so appreciative of this challenge so I can tell the world (or at least my small readership) what a great guy he really is.
Who are you thankful for this year?
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.