Its Thanksgiving week and everyone’s hustling around, buying groceries, planning menus, cleaning houses. I don’t think I’m alone in saying thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Yes, the food is incredible, probably because it’s only once a year we eat things like pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole and turkey. I remember one summer I was at my grandparents and grandpa wanted to bake a turkey…in the middle of summer! You just don’t do that…but we did! Aside from that one instance for me, the rarity of eating these thanksgiving dishes brings excitement and anticipation to the special occasion. But yes, aside from the food, I love thanksgiving because of the time with friends and families, getting together and remembering how incredibly blessed we are!
Have you you ever met someone who complains a lot, or more like complains about everything…their job, the weather, not having enough money. It’s not a pretty thing. But someone who looks for joy and happiness in all areas, all circumstances of life, have you ever noticed how beautiful they are? Sometimes I’m guilty of falling in the trap of complaining. It’s almost a plague…one person complains to you, then you start complaining, and cause someone else around you to complain. But when I’m around someone who is satisfied with their life, grateful for the things they have and not lusting for things they’re lacking, I am so drawn to that person. I want what they have…a full satisfaction with where I’m at! It’s really, in my opinion, the most beautiful feature in a woman!
So what are some ways to have a more grateful hear this season and moving on to next year?
Pray for peace in your heart (Colossians 3:15)
When our hearts are at peace, we’re not as apt to covet after things we don’t have.
Be a believer of good (1 Timothy 4:4-5)
With a negative attitude, it’s much more difficult to be grateful.
Think of things, big and small, to be grateful for throughout the day (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Be in a state of gratitude with every moment of the day.
Little things like these can completely change your attitude and appearance to others. A woman who is comfortable in who she is, grateful for each moment, is far more beautiful than someone who is constantly worrying if they are enough. She is more beautiful than someone who wears the fancy clothes, is always made-up when she walks out the door, or has a “bikini body”, but is not ever satisfied with what her life looks like.
This year, I’m striving to live in a more grateful state of mind each day. I want to think of others and how I can serve them instead of worrying about myself. I want to make time to not just tell friends and family that I’m thankful for them, but to show them that I couldn’t be who I am today without sir influence on my life. I want to live a life of gratitude in which other women may see that I am satisfied not because I have a perfect life but because I rely each and every day on a perfect Savior. And my prayer is that this year, when hardships arise, I may keep up a heart that remains satisfied and thankful despite a storm.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Join me and embrace a life of gratitude. This is a difficult task, but you, my friend, are strong and capable of ridding your life of anxiety and worry and dissatisfaction.