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The infamous ‘Black Friday’ is upon us and it is so easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the sales and the temptation to buy new things. There is nothing wrong with shopping and taking advantage of the sales, but the posture of our heart in it all is really important. In scripture, we are instructed to guard our hearts, and I am thankful for the reminders I’ve seen this week to check the posture of my heart in this holiday season. As I scrolled through Instagram yesterday morning, I began to see a theme among the ladies I look up to, and it inspired me to talk about it here.
A few days ago I had to fight for a spirit of thankfulness. I seemed to run out of everything – I’d run out of time to accomplish all I needed to do, energy to care for our home like it should be, mental strength to get my booty out the door for a run, resources to fill those orders or have a proper consultation with a client… I walked in a spirit of “lack.” But today. Today was different. I look around and realize I really do have more than enough. I walked through the mountains of North Carolina – just me, Will & Milly, and I realized in that moment I really lack nothing. Sometimes we have to fight for it. But sometimes God’s goodness so graciously fills me to overflowing that all I can do is thank Him. Whether you are in a season where it comes easy to you or not, get after it. Get after a grateful spirit. It’s worth it every time. #getaftergrateful
A photo posted by Nancy Ray (@nancyray) on Nov 25, 2015 at 5:16pm PST
Thoughts and an exercise this Thanksgiving morning. This week I came across a verse in my Planted study from @lifelivedbeautifully (highly recommended btw!!) Psalm 143:5 “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.” The notes on this verse in my study Bible said “Being at the end of his strength need not mean that he gives us; if he can remember the days of old, he can have fresh courage to stretch out his hands to God. The weary soul thirsts for God as its source of energy.” Fresh courage? Source of energy? I got to experience this, this past week as I remembered how the Lord transformed me and filled me with an incomparable peace during my pregnancy with Vivi through lots of prayer. Remembering past moments where the Lord worked really did give me fresh courage for my future. It got me thinking, this Thanksgiving, I truly want to remember and ponder all those things the Lord has done in my life. Not to simply say thanks, but to let it fill me with hope that God is mighty and at work in every day to come. Tonight after the turkey is gone, conversations enjoyed and the house is quiet, I am going to do a little exercise in remembrance and I invite you to join me, especially if you have lost hope or courage or energy. Exercise: Take a sheet of paper and divide into 6 (or more!) boxes. At the top of each, write a different area of remembrance. Here were some of my ideas but I’d love to hear if y’all have any others! People – Mentors or those God used in your life Rough seasons – Those times you felt like God forgot you but later saw how He worked or will maybe see now for the first time Childhood College Career Family Give yourself time to really think of how God has worked in so many ways in your life. Find courage as you see His loving hand that’s been there all along. And if you haven’t been a believer very long or even if you wouldn’t call yourself a Christian now, God has been working behind the scenes. Look back on those past memories with fresh eyes. Happy Thanksgiving y’all! 📷 @nataliemetrejean
A photo posted by Valerie Woerner (@valmariepaper) on Nov 26, 2015 at 4:57am PST
Friends, let’s continue our gratitude today, and tomorrow, and throughout the entire holiday season. Let’s check the posture of our hearts and remember that there is no purchase or product that can fill the cravings and desires in our hearts in the way that God can. Gather around the table to share in a game with your family, curl up with a good book, go for a walk and enjoy this late November air, catch a sunset with a warm mug of cider, and be present. May your gratitude and praise be bigger than any shopping spree or urge to buy. We are abundantly blessed right where we are.