I was just reading a post by Centsational Girl about Thankful Trees (click on the link and take a look). I've seen them before when browsing through blogs during the month of November and I even thought about making one this year. But the reality is, I can't do every single thing I want to do right now. Too much school work. Too much house work - and that's just naming a couple of things! There are so many things I want to do....and so many things I'm behind on. I just have to pick and choose what I will actually get done each week - and that means that something is usually left undone :(
There's something about this time of the year that makes me want to stay home more so that I can attempt to get everything done on my to-do lists without extra distractions. I guess it's because the holidays are fastly approaching and I want to minimize stress by having as much done as possible. Notice I said lists with an s. But alas, that is not reality. I have to work and I have other responsibilities that demand my attention.
I'm constantly thinking of articles and stories I want to write. There are so many things swirling around in my head! So many things I want to do to around the house. And let's not talk about exercise! I'm completely out of my routine right now. I tend to put my physical needs as my last priority. We've been so busy lately that my out-of-town trips to buy more fresh and organic foods are few and far in between. So what does that mean? It means that I don't have the best choices in my pantry to choose from.
That's why I wind up eating stuff like this for late night snacks....but it was SO good!
The approaching holidays also remind me of how much I miss my baby sister and her family. They live about 8 hours away so we don't get to see them on a regular basis. We did get to visit with them overnight last weekend, though. It required travel on both parts, but we met them for a football game that my nephew was supposed to play in. Notice I said "supposed" to play in. Sad thing is...the game never happened :( There was a mix up and the wrong teams were sent to play. I had even made a sign to show him how proud I am of him. He's my buddy :)
But you know what? Even though I feel overwhelmed at times with emotions and the demands of life, I know this is just for a season. I won't always have school work and so much on my plate at one time.
I've made a decision, though. Starting today, I'm going to make sure I note all of the things I am thankful for.....even if I don't have a Thankful Tree. I can make sure that I thank God each morning for all of the blessings in my life. There are too many to even count! And I'm so thankful for the ability to get up and go to work each day. I'm thankful for my family and my home.....for the opportunity to further my education.
Most of all, I'm thankful for Jesus being willing to die on a cross for ME, a sinner. I'm thankful for His mercy and grace and his guidance. And I have to say that I'm so thankful for men like Mr. Billy Graham! He is such a gracious and godly man and I'm thankful for the influence he's had in so many lives....including mine. His message on tv last night really touched my heart.
I don't know about you, but I want this to be the best Thanksgiving holiday yet! But for that to happen, it must start in my heart. I have to take time to stop and think about what's really important in life - and it's not a perfectly clean home or having lots of articles published. It's my relationship with Jesus Christ. I don't want to miss an opportunity to be His hands and His feet - even in the busiest of times.