As Thanksgiving comes our way, and Christmas is full speed ahead, let us stop for a few moments here and there and give thanks for what we have; from the small blessings to the big blessings. For the trials you have overcome to the big and small accomplishments you have made. For the family time and for the quiet time, if there is such a thing during this time of season.
During the holidays, joy and stress intertwine with one another, aim to choose joy. How? Here are a few tips that can help:
Count your small blessings : On your drive to work, on your way to drop your kiddos off at school or your walk to the bus stop, with intention, take in the moment of God’s creation, the beauty of your children, the conversation with a stranger.
Take a “good” time-out : Do we ever have time for ourselves? Most of the time we don't. Especially during the holiday season. Schedule even just 3 minutes to clear your thoughts. Think of absolutely nothing. Believe it or not, you will feel refreshed. Remember what the Lord says, “Be still and know that I am God.” - Psalm 46:10
Spend quality time with loved ones : With so many demands pulling us every which way, and the challenges of COVID-19 precautions; quality time with family and friends can be overlooked or a challenge. Schedule a small getaway, even if it’s at home. Watch a good movie, put technology away, go for a bike ride together, play a board game, and be present in the moment. Quality time with loved ones can bring renewed strength and energize you for the days ahead.
Most importantly, be Thankful : Everyday, find one thing you can be thankful for and carry it in your heart and mind throughout the day. In working with many different types of populations throughout the years; regardless of hardship, circumstance, socioeconomic status and disabilities; one thing I have learned from others is that, there is always one thing we can each be thankful for each day.
Hoping these small tips will bless you as we head into Thanksgiving. As the Word of God says, “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
God bless you and strengthen you wherever you are and in whatever circumstance you are in. May we choose JOY and intentionally live with Thanksgiving in our hearts.
In His Service,