Since this is the season of giving thanks, I wanted to take a moment and tell how grateful I am for the great gifts in my life. This morning there is no school due to snow and my house is filled with kids running back and forth, shouting and jumping and screaming, and of course, fighting. I could easily let myself be stressed out and frustrated with the noise and the crazy, but instead, today I choose to enjoy it. I choose to love that I get to spend the day watching my children play and grow, and witness little moments that will become memories.
I remember as a kid a snow day was so much fun! As parents we tend to get stressed with a snow day. What are we going to do with the kids? How much more money is this going to cost me in daycare? Should I just stay home from work? That stress can transfer to the kids. They can sense when you are not happy with a situation. Instead of being stressed, choose excitement. Remember what it was like to wake up in the morning and see your school listed on the bottom of the TV saying they were closed. Your children will feed off that buzz!
I am also grateful for my family. I have a great “herd” that I call my own. We are crazy and happy and weird all at once. We like to get together and eat, play games, and repeat old movie lines. I won the in-law jackpot and really feel they are true family. Not just people I have to put up with during the holidays. Whenever I need someone, I know I can call on any one of them. There are many people out there without family, and I am so thankful that I have the best one.
I also am thankful for the opportunities God has given my family. We were given the opportunity to own our own business. This has been something that has been a dream since we were in high school. He finally made that dream come true last year. I also am grateful for the little things God has given us along the way. When we feel like we are in a hole either financially or spiritually, he always seems to send us a little something so that it works out.
So with the kiddos out of school, this afternoon we are going to try to make use of our time and get a little crafting done. I am going to try to do salt dough ornaments. Here are a few links from pinterest to check out if you want to do them too!
The last thing I will leave you with is the verse of the week. In the spirit of gratitude I will share with you Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This verse speaks to me whenever I am trying to justify something I am doing. If I can’t do or say something that will glorify God, then maybe it is best to just not do or say that. But in everything else, do it to glorify God. If you are losing weight, do it to better praise him. If you are working overtime at your job, do it in his name and he will bless you. Even if you are just doing the dishes, do it to glorify God because it is easier to worship in a clean home. God blesses those who do everything in his name, even the mundane.
And in everything, give thanks to God. That is hard I know, but God has a plan for your life. You may really want something and be told no from God, but He has his reasons that are not able to comprehend. Soon all things will be revealed. Until then, thank God for everything. The “yes’s” and the “no’s”, the ups and the downs, and the everything in between.
This week I challenge you to write down 10 things that you have been struggling with. Things that you feel are “down’s”or “no’s”. Go through each one and pray a prayer of thanks for each thing. Once you start to change the way you view your blessings, great things will happen! Good luck!