14 Nov Many Thanks
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13, NIV
On October 29, I put up my Christmas tree. Yup. We are one of those families. But to be fair, this was the earliest I’ve ever put up the tree. Usually, I wait until the week of Thanksgiving. See, I have a husband who absolutely loves Christmas. We even had to compromise on when he could start blasting Christmas music in the house (he can start in mid-September). Anyhow, this year I was excited about getting new ornaments for the tree and we spontaneously decided to set everything up that day.
While I did get all wrapped up with setting up the Christmas tree and decor, my favorite holiday is actually Thanksgiving. I’ve always loved sitting at the table and taking turns saying what we are most thankful to God for in that year or season of our lives. Being able to gather our loved ones around and take the time to examine what matters most in life always makes my heart full, especially when many things around us try to direct our attention to materialism during these holiday seasons.
The holidays can bring out our best (such as our thankful hearts during Thanksgiving). It can also bring out our worse. I’m sure we’ve all seen unpleasant behaviors inside the mall or in parking lots during the Christmas Eve procrastination rush. And when the busyness of these next few weeks set in, we tend to shift our focus and get distracted. For me, I cannot afford to lose that focus. I have so much to be thankful for. In fact, one of the family traditions we do in our home reflected just that this year.
In this tradition, specifically for Christmas, we buy a new ornament for the Christmas tree each year. This year, my husband and I were pretty much on the same page with finding an ornament representing joy.
This past year has been an interesting one for sure. It is our 2nd year living in the state of Florida, after so many years up North. While we really did not see clearly the picture as to why God had uprooted us from all we knew, this was the year we felt “at home” and were able to see why He moved us. This was also the year where God answered certain questions I had for Him regarding various areas of my life. Jason and I also experienced a shift in our marriage, where we are now closer and more spiritually connected than we have ever been. Both our individual spiritual lives have and continue to be transformed. So many things have happened in our lives that have only pointed us towards growth and grace. The joy in our lives as a result of our obedience to God has only increased. I am forever grateful for God’s divine guidance in our lives.
This year, I have so many thanks to give to God. I continue to be in awe of His powerful lead in our lives. We haven’t lived the “perfect” lifestyle nor do we have it all together. But, oh man! God’s amazing grace has covered us in such a way! We are not worthy of Him for even a second. Yet, He continues to call us His and loves us like no other.
Many, many, MANY thanks I give to the One who deserves all of our praise and worship.