sitting down to enjoy my first cup of coffee (at last!) and take in the sweet aroma that fills the kitchen
taking this moment to just be
i'm overwhelmed with joy
joy for this day
family, friends and giggly children
my dear sister in Christ, sarah, sent me a beautiful email this week
i thought that it was perfectly fitting for today
in my reply, i noted that we are long past freshly fallen leaves here in the north
she has such a sweet spirit and a way with words
as you gather with your dear ones today
may God fill your heart with abundant joy
As the season of Autumn slowly closes upon us, we enter into a season of gratitude. We watch the leaves around us change into an array of colors as God dips his paintbrush in reds and yellows and paints the world around us with a sense of warmth. My children stand in amazement watching the maple tree behind our house change from green to red almost over night.
"Look mommy! Look what God did last night while we were sleeping! He painted the leaves!"
I am envious of their childlike gratitude as they look at the tree in admiration of God's beautiful palette of colors He has chosen this season. They gather this multitude of colors in their tiny hands and throw them in the air as they squeal with delight. I pray in that moment for the Lord, the Creator of this Autumn rainbow, to fill my heart with the delight my children seem to so easily see and grasp.
It is often said that children need very few toys. It is a well known fact that these little blessings from the Lord are often more content with turning a big cardboard box into a playhouse than they are a new doll. When my eldest daughter received her first American girl doll for her birthday this year, she spent more time that day turning the box into a house for the doll than she did playing with the actual doll.
The Bible speaks of having faith like a child, but I would even suggest we take that a step further. Perhaps our hearts would be more content if we learned to also have a heart of gratitude like these little children on loan to us from God: to marvel at the pile of red leaves, to watch more sunsets, to just simply slow down and gaze at God's amazing creation. As those final red and yellow leaves fall from their almost bare branches, let us also fall to our knees in thanksgiving.
This season of Thanksgiving, may God continue to transform our hearts into ones full of gratitude for all He has done and all He has created. It is my prayer this season, that as God continues to sanctify our hearts, that thankfulness naturally flows from our hearts to the words that fall off our lips.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18