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A Surprising Way to Cultivate Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving–a celebration of joy, gratitude, family, and delicious food. And while I plan on spending time with loved ones and going into a turkey coma, I can’t help but think of those who are overlooked this season.

You see, I know a woman whose teenage son died last weekend. Her heart is broken. I also know a family whose father is slowly dying of cancer. Their spirits are weary.

Where is the Thanksgiving turkey for these people? Most of the time we struggle to find gratitude in our everyday lives (myself included). How does remembering these hurting souls help us in cultivating a heart of gratitude?

The Calling

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV

God has given us a calling to bring the good news of the Gospel to others. Our calling is to feed the hungry, love the outcast, and comfort the brokenhearted.

However, we are so easily distracted by everyday problems that we don’t even notice those who are hurting right in front of us. We all go through seasons of hardship and loss. Right now I am battling a chronic illness, and sometimes I just want to lock myself in my room and focus on how bad I feel.

But the best way to experience healing and joy is by sharing the Gospel and helping somebody else.

True Gratitude

The moment we turn our focus outward and love the people around us is the moment we experience the love of Christ flowing through us. The moment we stop focusing on all of our problems and dedicate time to encourage others is the moment we experience an overflow of gratitude.

That’s powerful! Imagine shining a light by praying for someone you know is hurting, or volunteering to feed the hungry. Imagine inviting a person who has no place to go to your Thanksgiving dinner. Even a simple text message of encouragement makes more of an impact than we realize.

This, lovely one, is how you love your neighbor. And this is how you cultivate true gratitude.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15 NIV)

Thanks for reading and happy Thanksgiving! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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Crushed Velvet + Thanksgiving Blues

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers!  Thanksgiving is next week here in America. I can’t wait for all of the turkey, cranberry sauce, and potatoes (#foodieproblems)!

I will say that this year feels so much…heavier. This is the first Holiday season that my Grandma Jean won’t be here. Someone who was such a staple at all of the family events is now in heaven. I know her spirit is still here, but I can’t see her or hear her voice. She won’t be able to enjoy the holiday decorations or watch me open up gifts.

I’m sorry if I’m making any of you sad. I know all of us must go through loss like this at some point of our lives. My greatest hope is in Jesus, who is always my comfort in times of grief. I am very thankful for my family, my church, and my friends. I am also very grateful for you, dear reader! Loss helps us to remember the important things in life–God, family, and loving others.

Today I made a collage inspired by the holidays and a hot fall trend: Velvet. 

 

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Velvet, especially the highly textured crushed velvet, has been making its way back into fashion (welcome back, 90’s!). Sometimes velvet can feel a bit costume-like, so I prefer wearing it in dark colors like black and navy (red also looks beautiful for Christmas). This dainty dress with a high neckline and 3/4 sleeves is both classy and unique.

I paired this dress with some black ankle boots that have a sturdy heal. This gives the dress an edgy vibe. Don’t forget black chandelier earrings and some burgundy lipstick to complete this romantic look.


I hope you liked this post! What are  you thankful for? Tell me in the comments below!

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May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant (Psalm 119:76 NIV).

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Moments

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Sometimes in the moments

Of a quietly darkened night,

I wonder what there is to be  thankful for.

All the hurt, the lies, and the fear of this world

Make me doubt for anything more.

But then  You find me–

Ripening my soul with the sweetest touch.

It’s the sunlight that comes through the dusty window,

Or the feeling of the crisp winter air at my face.

Because I know that every minute can be spent

Wasted in my weary mind,

Or they can be used to paint the world with Your vivid colors.

Every laughter and cry

Is a gift that must be cherished,

Because they mean that life happened here.

Even in weakness there is beauty–

Just as a feather alone falls from grace,

With You it joins and takes perfect flight.

Though a heart may shatter

It can be made new.

Though someone may take it and leave it full of cracks,

You can fill them with Your love.

I take a minute and close my eyes–

Hearing Your whisper in the wind.

You give me breath when

I have nothing left to spare,

And You give me life when all my will is gone.

Every song is a prayer to heaven,

Reaching  up to You in the moments

Of this quietly darkened night.

–Written by Emily S. at fearfullywonderfullyme.com

Please feel free to comment and share! I only ask that you link back to my blog. Thanks for reading! I pray that you have a Happy Thanksgiving. May you find little moments to be still and drink in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

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