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Season’s Greetings…with Gratitude

It’s the last week of October and November is upon us, folks. Here we are. I am breathing the crispy air, stomping on the crunchy leaves, and pulling out cardigans from the depths of my closet. You may be making giant crock pots of chili and attending harvest festivals with your little ones. Or you may be seeking out the only market in town that sells white pumpkins because you just have to put them in your yard cause they look so Pottery Barn…(um, okay, maybe just me).

Let me translate that cray cray stream of consciousness up there: Fall is a time of temptation for me. I want to bake sweets, be lazy, sleep often, and shop wildly. I am feeling sprightly and spunky and giddy. This year, I’m trying to keep my inability to refrain from “all-things-Fall” in check. So, please view this post as a tribute to the best season ever as well as a promise that I won’t turn into a Pumpkin Spice Latte sometime early next week…

First, I will enjoy the natural, gradual slowing down of day-to-day commitments. During autumn, I’ve realized we typically have less blocks of time filled with commitments and more chunks of time devoted to family and friends. I’m going to make a point to enjoy this. Maybe it’s that extra hour we receive with Daylight Savings or maybe we are all just sick of being busy. Whatever it is, I am loving it and am going to keep loving it throughout the fall season. Friends and family are the bee’s knees!

Second, I plan to really take advantage of all the cooking I’d like to do. With that being said, it is vital to my dignity that I alter my cooking wardrobe. Instead of cooking in my giant fleece pull over, with a blobby bun on the top of my head, in mismatched socks – I’m going to cook double, invite friends over, and share. Oh, and wear a respectable outfit. You know, with pants and stuff. Duh.

Lastly, I’m going to keep the spending in check. This year, I’ve set a limit for gifts and goodies (read: gifts go to others, goodies are for me from Home Goods – hollaaaa). This budget will hopefully assist me in keeping myself under control. I love Black Friday shopping and the memories I’ve made with my sister and mom over the years. I also salivate at the thought of a great bargain. (No for real, I’m drooling right now.) In response to that, I’m going to seek to enjoy the time I spend with them instead of getting in a fist fight with some skinny blonde over the last “almond cream” colored Kitchen Aide mixer. That was last year’s Black Friday…I’m way more mature now.

Without piling on a bunch of stuff, unnecessary “me” time, dumb purchases, and tons of food – I am going to pile on the goodness of Christ’s blessing in my life. It may sound hokey but seriously, being intentional about being grateful is exactly what I need. I’m going to rejoice in knowing that He has created all things and they are good.

He created the big sugar maple in our yard that rains electric colored leaves down on our lawn just the same way He created the Eggnog that is prematurely and proudly sitting in my fridge.

Let’s greet this season with gratitude.

 

1st Timothy 4:4-5 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer

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