Three Reasons to be thankful this season – and some thrilling news!!!

24 Nov

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(My first pecan pie was a success!  Ps., I kinda cheated and bought the crust, but the rest is all home-made.  YUM!!)

With Thanksgiving Day just hours away, I’m sitting surrounded by clean laundry waiting to be put away, running shoes, books, and card-making supplies.  I feel overwhelmed, but in the peaceful sense of the term.  My heart is overwhelmed with grace and gratitude.  The rain is trickling down from the trees outside, cars rush by splashing through puddles, and the scent of baking lingers in my kitchen.  There is a certain quietness in the air and my heart thanks my Creator for this peaceful moment.

This holiday season might already be filled with cheer, or perhaps not, but either way, allow me to share with you three reasons you should allow yourself to be thankful this season:

  1. In choosing to focus on what we have instead of what we don’t have, we find our attitudes and perspectives shift immensely.  We have more peace and less stress by our attitude of gratitude.
  2. Blessings surround us.  I may have a lot to accomplish around the house (laundry, dishes, bills, etc.) but I can’t complain.  I have a washer and dryer, money to pay the bills, and warm house, a roof over my head.  The world is a messy, crazy place to be, but God has filled it with family, friends, the beauty of nature, stunningly beautiful architecture, great music and delicious food.  We all have our dislikes and annoyances, but that’s expected and that’s okay.  There is so much good to focus on in the world and so much good happening, that rather than zooming in on the craziness, let’s zoom in our focus on the blessings and the goodness that we would otherwise miss if we didn’t stop to look around.
  3. We have a God who loves us – each and every single one of us in the entire world – with His whole heart.  His heart thirsts for our love.  He calls us out of our sin into his loving, merciful arms – who can resist???  This is the best blessing that we have.

 

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There is something else I am incredibly thankful for this season.  A month and a half ago, my boyfriend B., took me on a hike.  It was a beautiful day, and the falls leaves were just starting to change color.  We started out at the park with a picnic lunch.  We then hiked through a beautiful woods, up the mountain to the top where we climbed up onto boulders to get a view of the valley and the deep blue lake below.  Then B. took me to a lookout where we were surrounded by the beauty of the woods, overlooking the lake.  While we took in the beauty of nature and the peacefulness of the moment, he asked me to MARRY HIM!!!!  I said “YES!!!!!!!”  AHHHHH!!!   WE ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!  We couldn’t be more excited!!!  My heart is so full of love for B.  He is a man of virtue and he is courageous, prayerful, strong, and handsome.  He is so much fun and always makes life an adventure.  He challenges me through his own example to be patient, kind and generous.  Please pray for us as we prepare for marriage that we continue to be sacrificial and selfless and that we may glorify God in all that we do.

Here we are the day of our engagement feeling like we were on top of the world

(cause we pretty much were on top of the world while on top of that mountain 😉 )

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My prayer for you, my dear reader, is that you may know how blessed you truly are and that you count your blessings this Thanksgiving season.

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing;

that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 15:13

Happy Thanksgiving!

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One Response to “Three Reasons to be thankful this season – and some thrilling news!!!”

  1. Laura @ A Drop in the Ocean November 27, 2016 at 1:41 am #

    So, so, happy for you, Rachel! Many congratulations and prayers for the both of you as you prepare for this sacrament. These times in life when we’re so overwhelmed with gratitude are just the best 🙂

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