Four years ago this very month, I attempted something different while writing this blog. I decided to post every single day of November but each post was written to share something I was thankful for each and every day.
I called it 30 Days of Thanks Giving.
I could try to explain once more why I feel called to attempt this endeavor again, but I find the words I wrote back in 2014 still hold true today as this year – 2018 – starts winding down to close.
So I am re-posting an adapted version of what I wrote on November 1, 2014 as a means of explanation:
It’s November. The 11th month of the year.
In one way November reminds us the year is winding down and the garden’s growing season has come to an end. Most things of color turn brown and either die or go dormant. We feel a shiver in the air as the season whisks autumn’s leaves from the trees scattering them to the ground while we prepare to settle in for winter.
Another year of life is drawing to a close.
On the other hand, the onset of November also reminds us to gear up because Christmas is coming and there’s so much to be done. Holiday frenzy will soon be upon us and we will find ourselves stressed to the max preparing for the big event, then toasting out the old year and welcoming in the new.
I’ve always felt that November gets the short stick, squeezed in like a thin piece of American cheese between two thickly sliced hunks of tasty fresh-baked bread. It’s overlooked, it’s forgotten.
It just doesn’t have the appeal or commercial factor sandwiched in between Halloween and Christmas. November holidays – especially Thanksgiving – somehow get lost in the shuffle. Only important enough for one day of celebration. And that bothers me…a lot.
So it’s November. And with the change of season, I’m in need of a change – in my heart and in my blog. You see, I take too many aspects of my life for granted, I spend too much time on myself, and I don’t spend nearly enough time in thanksgiving.
I don’t mean ‘Thanksgiving’ – preparing a feast, sitting at a well-appointed table, and gorging myself with turkey and all the trimmings. I mean thanks giving. Two words. Giving thanks with joy. Giving thanks with prayer. Giving thanks in all things to the One who provides all things.
For many years I have claimed my life verses are a passage from the Bible found in 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5. You can read those words in the graphic I designed to accompany this post.
While these verses do guide and direct me and hold profound meaning, my heart tells me – no, my heart demands that I cease using lip service for this passage and commence putting these words that sustain me into real action.
This month, this very month of November, this month of thanks giving, I will attempt each day to post with words, photos, and maybe even a video or two about aspects of life for which I am most thankful.
Some aspects may be awe-inspiring; some may be just simple everyday occurrences, objects, or feelings causing you to wonder why I’m thankful for such small things.
Some of these thankful blog posts may describe events or experiences that are considered difficult and trying. But see that’s the thing. God’s Word tells me to be thankful for ALL things, not just the good stuff.
Join me this November as I chronicle my thanks giving not to glorify myself but to give glory and honor to the One who deserves my praise and grateful heart.
My prayer is that you’ll find the month of November causes you to pause and be full of your own thanks giving as well.
Remember to come back to Mama’s Empty Nest every day in November for a new post each day in my 30 Days of Thanks Giving.
“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” ~Robert Caspar Lintner