The holidays are so busy and hectic in our home, as I’m sure they are in your’s too. Every year I promise myself that I’m going to do and worry less, slow down and take in every magical moment and breathe. Even this blog that I thought I would make all this time for has taken a back seat as the holidays drew nearer, and it’s not even Thanksgiving! The kiddos and hubby took off this morning to the in-laws for Thanksgiving tomorrow while I finish up a few things here at home. It’s given me a few extra moments to sip on a hot cup of coffee and relax and reflect. As I talked about last month, I feel it’s important to sit down and physically write down or at least say out loud what I’m thankful for in my life both for myself and our children. I’ve been keeping a notepad handy this month to jot down things that I thank God for as well as prayers I have.
To help you get an idea on the simple or big picture ideas we are thankful for in our home I wanted to share a few with you:
- A roof over our head.
- The health to get up every morning to start a new day.
- Love of our family and friends.
- Spare time to relax, even if just for a moment.
- Our children and furbaby.
- Being carefree and silly — not worrying who is watching or where we are.
- Ability to follow dreams — be brave and follow God’s lead!
Coupled with praise, I also send prayer-filled thoughts throughout my day. The power of prayer is such a HUGE deal! Each day I lead the girls in a nightly prayer and I try to talk about more than just our small family and what we need from God. For us, maybe a friend is searching for a new job to better their family’s life, a young child has an upcoming surgery, for a friend’s continued strength to fight an addiction, or a loved one needs the strength of forgiveness and understanding. Send faith and love to someone you know. Not just over the holidays when we’re all stressed out (but it’s a start!), but each and every day. Find a moment to take a breather, warm up that coffee for the tenth time, and thank God for all that you have and ask for guidance and strength for yourself and those around you.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. —Ephesians 6:18
Happy holidays friends and family! I’ll be sending an extra prayer for safe travels, pleasant conversations, full tummies and family bonding to you all.