“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” Psalm 103:2
I love Autumn. To me, it is a season of tucking in. The air turns a little cooler, with just a hint of crispness touching you amid the fall breezes. Smells change as we turn from super floral fragrances to that of cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. Schedules, prayerfully, slow down a bit as the run around of summer dissipates and more time is gathered around home and family.
For me, the feeling of fall brings an added bonus. It seems that with the shifting of seasons we become more reflective and our hearts turn more to being appreciative of what we have and have been blessed with.
One day recently, things did not go according to plan. My schedule was shot and the things I had on my agenda for the day – well, most of them didn’t happen. But, as I spent time thinking about it, I just began to mentally thank God for all the things He did allow me to do. Although my plans went awry, I was able, in those moments, to be there for others, to support them, and help them.
Lately, I have felt a strong impression on my heart to literally count my blessings. Not by number, but by being more appreciative of daily things. The day may have been hard and full of work that was strenuous, but I thank God that I was able to work it. I may not have gotten the whole house clean, but I thank God for the small chores that I was able to accomplish. The food on the table may not have been food cooking show worthy, but I thank God, not only for the food but for the opportunity to serve my family in this capacity on this day.
In the little things, as well as the big things in life, there are so many reasons to be grateful. If we truly took a moment to reflect, we would readily say that God has been so good to us.
Life is going to happen. And while we are living, it’s going to happen to us all. Some days are going to go off perfectly, without a hitch, and we’ll feel like we can take on the world. Other days may feel like a constant struggle – just making it through – can’t wait until bedtime comes and bring this day to a close.
Whatever the day brings, may our hearts find reminders of gratefulness in it. Focusing more on God and the blessings that He has already provided can tip the scales, allowing the counting of blessings to far outweigh any negatives we may face.
How does Autumn speak to you? Do the changes of the seasons stir special feelings inside you?
Whatever this season brings you, I pray God’s best for you in it all.
“Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;” Psalm 105:5
“What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” Psalm 116:12
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 118:29
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17
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