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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

a month of thanks

I'm so excited that November is here. The chilly weather has finally arrived in Alabama! There are football parties, church events, my dear husband's birthday, and it even looks like I'll be hosting my very first Thanksgiving dinner {woah!}. There is much to do and much to plan in the next few weeks. My brain starts spinning just thinking about it!

While I'm thrilled about all the fun events coming up in November, I want to make sure I give this beautiful season all the meaningful attention that it deserves.  To me, November is a month of thanksgiving, a month of gratitude.

Am I really thankful? I am so incredibly blessed. I have a beautiful life. But I constantly find myself focusing on the things I don't have and the tasks I need to complete. I'm always looking for more. More money, more projects, more fun, more more more.You know what comes from  constantly wanting more? Discontentment. Unhappiness. Selfishness. It seems to be an age old problem. And one that I think we've all experienced.

I know that the only way to find true happiness and contentment is through Jesus. But that statement just feels so... church-y.  I want to change my heart to find the ultimate satisfaction in God's grace. And I want to live a life of gratefulness for all that I've been given.

So how do I make that happen? 
Well, I suppose there's no easy answer. Sorry for that. I realize I'm supposed to wrap this post up with a cute little bow and tell you about my lesson learned. But the truth is, I haven't learned the lesson yet. I'm  just at the beginning of figuring it out.  But I'm so very glad to have the ultimate source to turn to:

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Colossians 3:15 

I love the month of November because it reminds me to stop and focus on this. I have a month long reminder of all of the wonderful things that my Heavenly Father has done for me, from the largest {His ultimate grace}, down to the most minuscule.  
For those of you that follow me in Instagram {sarahwilder1}, you've noticed that I've begun the #thankfulchallenge. My goal is to spend thirty days finding thirty things that normally pass me by. Thirty things that I miss out on while I'm searching for more. Thirty things that are an integral part of this precious life I have. I have so much to be thankful for. Thirty days is a drop in the bucket.


Want to join in on my month of thankfulness? Use the #thankfulchallenge hashtag. 
And here's to a beautiful month of gratitude. 

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