As Fall begins to settle in the air gets crisp, the rain falls and the wind blows. Yet it is my favourite time of year.
I love the changes Fall brings. As Kip and I drove into town for a breaky date this morning I thought of my girlfriend Lill whom I've known since Gr. 3. Whenever the Fall season approaches I think of her. She and I used to LOVE piling up crispy leaves which had fallen, then jump into the middle of them only to do it time and time again. The autumn air stirs up those wonderful memories. Our friendship has remained strong through the years and she was soooo there for me when my Mom was in Hospice then went Home with Jesus 2 years ago. Lill was with me on Mom's final night--it was not any easy night, yet she was right there.
Those memories made me further reflect on all the blessings in my life. Lill is definitely a shimmering jewel in my treasure chest of really close friendships....she has been for many decades. So many times, my heart spills over with gratitude and love for other amazing and beautiful women who have helped, and still help shape my life throughout the years. Each one of them are a gift from God and I cherish them enormously.
God has blanketed my life with countless blessings and it's important to remember them--each and every one. My sweetie Kip is my greatest blessing hands down---he and I are an awesome team and I believe God knew that when he introduced us at a youth group baseball game. Kip was 1st baseman [I think that's what it's called--:-)]--I hit the ball and slid onto 1st base. He looked down at me and said, "No one slides onto 1st base!" I said, "I do---and, I'm safe!" He kind of liked the spunk from what I understand ;-)
When life throws you a curve-ball and it seems to take you out-of-bounds, sit in a quiet place and write down every single blessing in your life [that you can remember]---present and past. Then thank God for them. While you're at it, thank God for absolutely every provision He has blessed you with whether it's relationships, a home, a great job, food on the table, a bed to sleep in, good teeth, eyes or ears---whatever!!!!
God delights in blessing you!!! He will never stop blessing you! You are His child, and He blesses you with much more than you are even aware of! Sometimes I shake my head in awe at various things He's done--things only He can do---making things right when it seems they are all going wrong. "Life" can often keep the Son from shining through. Open your eyes and your heart to see His hand in your life for He loves you unconditionally and will show you in many ways.
So as you celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend, remember to take time to open your heart before God with a prayer of gratitude. You are blessed by Him every single day. As you begin your heart will overflow--the Son will shine again for His blessings are immeasurable.
"Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them they would be too many to declare." Psalm 40: 5 NIV
Blessings on your Thanksgiving weekend.
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