Updated: Dec 13, 2019

I hope it has been just as rewarding for you as it has been for me thinking about all of the things I am most thankful for. I can't help but think about how my heart is so full and overflowing every time I think about family and friends. The memories of stories told and all of the favorite recipes of our foods that were loved by all. But most of all our home sweet home is stronger and we know where our heart is no matter where our home sweet home is. I know not of all of us have Thanksgiving at the Farm, but lets face it not all of us want to. By that I mean a old fashion gathering is very nice, but I don't know about you, but I just don't find it that wonderful waking up and hearing a rooster crow at the break of dawn or having to feed a bunch of animals before day break. No matter where our circle gathers together that is where are memories are made and then it becomes a place to keep our Thanksgiving traditions going whether we realized it or not.

Now that the turkey platter is being put away we begin checking the calendar to see when it is a good time to pull out the Christmas tree and contact the Christmas light hanging company to come and hang our lights. Cause we know we do NOT want to be the dark house on the block. We also scribbled down all of the gift ideas that were given to us at Thanksgiving from the family. It is time to update the calendar for gift shopping.

Sometimes the worlds volume is turned up so loud that we can not hear the voice that is trying to help us and prepare us for the next season of our life. We need to continue the attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude from our last season so that kindness will be in our hearts as we enter the next season that has the potential to steal our joy because of all of the things on our calendar. Take a few minutes at the beginning of your day or whenever it works best for you and simply do nothing. Just be. Stand silent a few minutes. Stand there long enough so you can hear that voice of peace that is trying to well up inside of you. Let it be. There is a gospel hymn that was written many years ago titled "It is well with my soul". That hymn is still just as powerful today as it was years ago.

Don't let the calendar that is filling up steal your joy in the next season. Check yourself before you enter a room. What are you bringing into that room a spirit of peace or a spirit of anxiety? Anxiety steals peace, joy and gratitude and leaves us so emotionally drained and empty. You can create an atmosphere that ushers in the presence of God with unspeakable peace when you walk through the door. Mark Twain said "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." I so agree. That my friend is the atmosphere in which we create when we walk into a room. If someone else brought anxiety into the room before you got there then do not lose your peace. Maybe you are standing in a long line trying to pay for a gift that was on that scribbled list and someone is rude and impatient. Show them kindness by offering them the chance to move up in the line and get in front of you. I believe we are showing our shield of Teflon which is keeping things from sticking to us when we do not allow someone to steal our peace and maybe that kindness act will be pushed forward to someone else. It may mean more to that person then you know. I believe we don't always know what is going on with everyone.

Proverbs says "Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place. He will help you walk in peace and not allow the worlds volume to steal your joy and peace. Be strong in His peace and wear that Teflon proudly.

Let's go at God speed my friends into our next season.

Rejoice always,

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