Pull out the streamers! Toss the confetti! There’s a party going on. Shantel’s on the single train! Finally free.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4
As the seasons change, I am reminded of the beauty of fall. The leaves have turned this beautiful, auburn color with golden hues and hints of green. Even the air has felt more crisp and inviting. Tis the season of thanksgiving.
a capitalized :thanksgiving day
:a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness
2:the act of giving thanks
:a prayer expressing gratitude
Upon swift walks to and from work, beauty has captivated me. It’s as if the earth has been trying to get my attention. Meanwhile, I have been somewhat engrossed in getting to my destination.
Children out of their seats. Running around the classroom. Laughing, shouts, and paper planes. Welcome to my Thursday morning. As I stood there raising my voice and demanding respect I began to feel overwhelmed. I had one goal at that point: Get home on my lunch break. As I whisked through the next class, I swiftly got my things together. I was almost through those doors.
When I stepped outside everything was at a stand still. There was warm air, birds chirping, a gentle blowing breeze, and colorful leaves surrounding me. I felt slightly disappointed that I considered the day to be horrible when it was actually abundant. God encouraged me to embrace the moment and to be grateful for it. I sat on a nearby bench and took it all in.
Thanksgiving is a spirit. You don’t have to wait for Turkey day to be thankful and grateful. Show gratefulness in your life today. Don’t miss another moment!
Here are some reminders:
- Embrace the beauty in each moment.
- Learn from your mistakes. Grow stronger, not bitter.
- Shift your perspective. Don’t be narrow-minded. Think of the bigger picture.
- Give thanks to God in all things.
- Stop and smell the roses (or shall I say pinecone this season?!)
“Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” Matthew 6:28-29 NLT
* Read Psalm 100 for more on thanksgiving. Peace and blessings! *
When I don’t understand. When I feel terrible. When I suffer from heartache. When I ache with pain. Lord, be my strength. Be my guide. It is in you that I confide. How can I survive if I don’t have you by my side? Your glory brightens my face. Your love shields me, encompassing me wherever I go. Wherever I go. I did not comprehend the magnitude of this journey. But I do not regret walking this way. My past way would have consumed me eventually. Be my strength. Be my guide. On this journey, in You, I will confide.
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And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. (NLT) -Ecclesiastes 3:13
Where are you putting your time? Each one of us decides where we want to use our time. Are you making the most of your time to something that really counts? Everyone of us gets 24 hours in a day, no more, no less.
I personally have struggled with procrastination. It seemed more convenient to lounge around and check my social media or catch reruns of my favorite shows. However, there were so many productive things to do throughout the day. One day, I made jewelry for someone. Another day I sang at a hospital for patients. Then I posted a music cover on YouTube. It’s also great to get out and smell the roses. I have made it my mission to complete at least one project a day. Sometimes I have slipped but I now realize how important it is to God for us to use His time wisely.
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I can’t take it anymore. Feel like my head’s about to explode. But then I hear soft words saying, “Just breathe.”
Here comes that knot again. Tightening in my throat. Tension in my forehead but I hear it again. Just breathe.
The situation is hard to cope with. Seems unbearable and difficult to escape. I keep seeing scenes from that tormentuous moment. Sounds from the altercation. The still cool air. As the repetitious thoughts spiral in my mind my refuge lies in the center. Just breathe.
So I’ve decided to release. Inhale. Exhale. Let go. Tired of those same tired thoughts that are tired of running in my mind. The heart is sensitive but somehow miraculously heals from all the pain.
Yes there are stains. Yes there are scars. But I’ve learned to Just Breathe.
Loop-di-loop. Allie oop. Circling, tightening around me. Chains of fury, dark and dreary feed upon my flesh. The light, so bright. It reels me in. I’m entised and captivated. Another crime. Such wasted time. And more and more I hate it.
The battery drains just like the day. I sit and then I stare. I double tap ’cause I like that hat and yes, I love that hair. Then I decide as I beam with pride to post a filtered pic. I contemplate but it’s too late. Upload is what I click.
Tick-tock on the clock. I digress as time goes by. But deep inside I cannot hide the tearing, great divide. Will he like it? Did she click it? Must I be a fool? Instead of focusing on the likes I should be focused on you.
You know my name. You’ve shaped my frame. And this is how I repay you? I’m sure as you watch from above that this is really painful.
As I open my eyes I shift my focus on a greater view. No site, despite the pics and posts can share what we’ve been through.
I unwrap the cords from around me. I unplug them one by one. You are my surge protector and I’m charged by the Son.
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. -1 Timothy 6:6-7 NLT
I had a vivid night that poured over into the morning.
After my prayer time I noticed that the moon was yellow. It was so big, bright and beautiful. The reflection of it in my window made another moon appear next to it. It made me wonder when a planet could be seen close on Earth again. So I researched it.
After that I reminisced of times when I wanted to travel the world. I planned on traveling to London to attend a music institute. I also thought about when I was supposed to travel with a student ambassador program in my teen years. Traveling was always a goal of mine.
After those recollections I fell asleep. People from my past appeared in my dream. Past students, administrators, staff, and others. Places where I’ve been. My former house, an old school where I used to teach, streets where I’ve walked. So many memories.
I had an epiphany when I woke up. Life continues to live. Places where I’ve been will always be apart of my unique history. I’ll forever be in someone’s memory.
I encourage you to make your mark a good one in life. Refuse to allow circumstances to kill your vision or the goals you’ve set. Create some vivid moments that will forever be cherished memories.
God gave you this life. Live it, breathe it, cherish it, and share it with the greatest potential.
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.