It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and so fitting to reflect on what we all have to be grateful for. Yes, it’s true, this year has been particularly rough, but even still…choosing to focus on gratitude will not only help your mindset, but also your physical health.
Our family is in a huge transition, and things haven’t exactly went as planned. However, I have learned that oftentimes the plans I have are not what the Lord has in store for me. Have you seen that in your own life? Instead of grumbling, being angry and bitter, I have chosen to embrace the different outcomes and lean into them. It’s a hard thing to do at fifty-three, to change my thinking and natural responses, but I am doing it.
As I take time to slow down in this new season, I am reading more. I have picked up an oldie but goodie this week to dive into: “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are,” by Ann Voskamp. She has an amazing way to help us all break any barriers of our selfish side and lean into celebrating all that we have. I encourage you to grab it and start reading it today. It will inspire you and comfort your heart all at the same time.
My prayer for you as you gather around a table in person, or virtually with friends and family, is that you can embrace this season and find the joy amidst the struggle. We all have it, but when we look deeper, we surely find such treasure. I will share one of my secrets, which isn’t really a secret anymore if you’ve been following me here, but it’s the Gratitude app. This app helps me pick a few things each day to be grateful for. When we place our heart in a position to focus on what we can be grateful for, it shifts everything. Did you know fear and gratitude cannot coexist? That is by far a top reason to focus on being grateful! I encourage you to try it out for a week. It’s free, so even better!
May you find abundance around your Thanksgiving table this year, whatever that looks like. May your heart shine deeply, and may you inspire others to choose gratitude this Thanksgiving.
Many blessings to you,