As I strive to cherish and savor each day, I realize even more how much we are pushed to look forward. The stores are already filled with Christmas decorations. Shopping malls have their wreaths and garland put up. Gift ideas, stocking stuffers, toy catalogs, Christmas music...No wonder we feel like time rushes by us during this time of year. It's so easy to start thinking we are already running out of time when we hear people completing their shopping lists and planning Christmas dinners. I want to look back and remember celebrating, cherishing, enjoying and appreciating every part of this season we are in. Each and every day. There's a stirring in my spirit to just be still, to sit and listen, not to rush through my days but to take the time to acknowledge the moments. I want to take each day as it comes, planning ahead but living today. Especially now, a time when we are so tempted to run full speed ahead. Instead, I think I'll walk a little slower, listen a little harder, breathe a little deeper and sit a little longer.
So today, this beautiful day in November, I'm thankful for cooler temperatures, back doors left open while the kids play outside, the smell and feel of dry air, hoodies and hats, cinnamon pumpkin candles, crunchy leaves, baking homemade cookies, little pink noses, hot tea, homemade potato soup and snuggley blankets.
And I'm thankful that we are given time...to stop, listen, give, love, pray, laugh and cherish.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.