Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thankful Thursday... Taking a Break in the Back to School Season to Give Thanks

It has begun... the Back to School craziness.  Meeting teachers, figuring out supply lists, sorting out clothes that fit from ones that are too small due to the summer growth of three children, driving to and from activities, meeting my new students, setting up a classroom and beginning.  Days are running into days without a moment to breathe... just simply to stop and BREATHE!  And, again, I am reminded that this stopping and reflecting... and giving thanks for all we are blessed with is something we have to be intentional about.  No one is going to carve out these moments for us; it is something we must cherish and grasp hold of. 

"Rejoice always, praying constantly, give thanks in all circumstances;
 for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Each day I am learning that these words are so much more than a guide for us from The Lord; the are a gift... a life-giving gift.  They remind me Whom I belong to... Who is really in control... what is really important... how the Lord provides.  When I do this, God's whispers become oh so sweet!
So, I am unwrapping this gift.  I hope you will too! 
Here are just a few things I am thankful for lately:
  • my job as a teacher... I feel truly blessed to be able to teach little ones
  • the women I work with... lovely and talented
  • a clean and organized classroom all ready for the new school year
  • my home... it may be a messy and out of order with the start of school, but it is a place full of love
  • These three crazy, wonderful, talented kiddos... I am so blessed to be their mama!

  • harvest from our garden
  • my crockpot... it is such a big help with cooking on busy days!

  • moments with my husband in this crazy life of ours
  • music class with Kindergarteners... on the first day, the director of our school handed me a Bible from our school office because I wanted to share Zephaniah 3:17 with the children... when I opened it up, there was my mom's signature... she has been gone for 4 years and this was a gift from above
No matter what is going on with your life, there is so much to be thankful for... big and small.  Let the words from 1 Thessalonians change you as they are changing me!
Praying you have many blessings and much joy!

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