Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 1 ~ 30 Days of Thanks

Gunnar beneath this gorgeous tree ~ taken at Spring Mill State Park

Today is the first day of the month of November.
What a beautiful ending to autumn, my favorite season of all.

The trees are gloriously colorful & the air is crisp.
There almost seems to be an air of expectancy during November...
as if it's just waiting to announce the beginning of a season of holiday festivities.
November seems to be the prelude, of sorts.

Often times, this month seems to get lost in the shuffle.
The fall season ends & we sometimes jump straight into Christmas.
The retailers do, that's for certain.

But let's give November it's due!
It is, after all, the season of THANKSGIVING.
Not just the holiday at the end of the month where we consume lots
of pumpkin & turkey either ...
rather, a whole month to give thanks for the many blessings that have been
bestowed on us!

It's a time to give an extra-long hug to our loved ones & to tell them
how much they mean ... & how much they matter.
It's time to be grateful for home, health, & happiness.
It's a time to count blessings ...
& acknowledge God, from whom all blessings flow.

Each day, during the month of November, I will post a blog in the series called
30 Days of Thanks.
Each day, I'll focus on something for which I am thankful.
Some days, the blog may be spiritual ...
& other days I may share a funny moment or a story.
I'll even have to find a way to stick in a recipe or two.

I want to challenge you to do the same.
Each day, focus on something that you are thankful for ... and share it with your family.
Encourage them to do the same.

G.B. Stern said that 'silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.'
I guarantee, at the end of this month, our hearts & homes will be affected by the spirit of thanksgiving.

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever ... Psalm 118:1

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus ... 1Corinthians 1:4

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