November is the month to put the practice of gratitude to work.
I have learned so much about the difference that pure, true gratitude can make in my life these past couple of years. It is easy to say “I am so thankful for this or that” when everything seems to be going ok. But what if life sucks? Really-there are times in everyone’s life where it seems like everyone else seems has it easy but us and our nice plan of how life is supposed to look (and wouldn’t we ALL choose rainbows and butterflies?) blows up in our faces and the “why me’s?” set in.
I listened to a podcast where someone gave the example of two very different experiences-on one side was a person who seemed to have it easy-a great childhood, so much learning and opportunity and a chance to experience this and that, and another side-someone with hard things that happened and tough circumstances with family members and painful experiences, and then asked the audience, “Which life would you choose?” The kicker was both of those stories came from the same person-it was the way they chose to look at their life that made all the difference-it was the way they chose EVERYDAY to think about life. I visualize it as the choice between taking two paths-one is bitterness and discontent and always a yearning for something easier and more and better than what we have, and the other path is Jesus holding our hand, walking along with us and helping us see the good in every circumstance and all our blessings.
Remember there is always a person who would jump into our spot in life in a heartbeat, even with its tough crosses. There is always someone who has it worse off right now and would change places with us if they could.
This is one of those years when I really feel the need to soak up Advent as much as I can. (If anyone has a great Advent devotional to suggest, I am looking for one!)
I have been doing some online shopping with the plan of being all finished with the errands and hustle and bustle before Advent sets in.
Here are some lovely gift ideas I’ve purchased along the “something to wear, play with and read” line of gift-giving:
I just couldn’t resist this outfit-loving this line of clothing for little girls!
A cute princess dress up dresswith an the all-the-rage unicorn applique.
A “keep it simple” make up organizer.
Cutest little kitty coffee cup. (They have a bunch of other animal choices.)
Just finished this EXCELLENT book for our book club. It’s a fast, easy read with a little mystery involved. Just a really good coming-of-age story about a girl who raises herself as an outcast in the marshland of North Carolina.