It's the calm before the storm...
the quiet before the chaos.
It's the Take-a-Breath
before you're Breathless!
I LOVE October...
because of all the Fall yumminess, yes -
but also because I see the changes outside,
& reflect to see how I have changed on the inside.
I can see the changing colors
& I pull out the Autumn decorations, knowing
- just KNOWING -
what lies around the corner!
My very favorite holiday
- hands down - is Thanksgiving!
I love that even in our over-stimulated, rush around,
multi-tasking, too-busy-to-breathe life,
we still take a day to slow down, to spend time together
- really T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R,
& think about things & circumstances & people
for whom we are truly thankful!
It doesn't matter if your tradition is HUGE & over the top,
or quiet & laid back...
if it is crowded-around-tables,
it may only last for a second
- but it's part of the tradition to stop
- and give thanks!
I love all of that!
I attempt to live all of that!
I try to maintain a spirit of Thanksgiving year round
& I was counting blessings long before
I began to call them Gifts...
I love that before the
rush of Christmas,
we take time to
hush in giving thanks...
& I love that even before Thanksgiving,
Autumn captures our attention
& our hearts (if we'll let it)
where we can reflect, slow down,
drink in all that Glory-Falling-in-Trees
& remember that He is good...
that He is God...
& that everything changes!
The calmness that comes
before the chaos of the holidays...
the call to quiet yourself,
stop - look - listen...
Reflect on where you are,
where you've been,
and where He is taking you!
Sip something cozy...
give thanks with me
early this year!