I love autumn! The changing of the seasons, the new scents, the cooler weather, the colors, the new beginnings and better routines. I love to light candles, decorate, and make goodies that include pumpkin and spices! It’s a time to reflect on all we can be thankful for; a time of thanksgiving and praise; a time for abundance from harvest, to look back on the first Thanksgiving, and remember how our country began. Simple beginnings with Indians, like Squanto, helping the newcomers to this land to survive, to be able to spread the gospel of Jesus. May we strive to be a light like Squanto was so long ago. May we help our neighbors, help them grow, walk along side them and teach them how to survive a world of chaos. It’s so easy to see the ugliness of our world. We need to be the light in this dark place. We need to be encouraging words, a smiling face, to have a twinkle in the eye, the hope that draws people to Jesus. May this season be a time of refreshment and renewal. May we be hospitable and invite others to share in a time of thanksgiving, encouragement, and renewal with us. May we see the goodness of Jesus together. May we see His beauty in the changing seasons of creation around us. May we breathe deeply, find rest and peace, and be that rest and peace that others need to find.
Last year, I did a daily Scripture Writing Plan from the blog Sweet Blessings. She even has blank pages that you can write the Scripture onto, and it just makes it look so nice and festive! Last year the verses focused on Gratitude for November, and then I continued with the December plan. I would encourage you to use this plan or another like it to help get you in a mindset of Thankfulness. It certainly kept me focused last year, and I plan to do it again this year.
I hope and pray that you will find gratitude in your heart this autumn, that you will take joy in the beauty before you, the smells, the opportunities, and the abundance the Lord grants each of us. I pray also, that you will spread thankfulness to those you’re around. I pray that joy will overflow from you onto others that may feel without hope. We are so blessed! May we be a blessing to others!