I really enjoy being outside and enjoying nature. Especially this season when the leaves turn colors and the air is crisp. Even though summer is my favorite season, all the seasons are special in their own way.
This week I looked around as I was driving and I began to think about how easy it is to take things for granted.
Seasons come and go and we get busy running here and there and our mind gets so preoccupied. Sometimes it’s hard to stop and think about the beauty that surrounds us. It is also easy to forget to recognize the neat abilities we have that some people do without. For example: smell, taste, sight, hearing, the ability to walk, to work, have a family, friends or freedom.
On my Sally’s Grab Bag Blog on this website, I post recipes and ideas to make life easier and more enjoyable. The five minute sugar free hot fudge recipe is killer on my no sugar added vanilla ice cream. When I eat it, I am truly enjoying the sense of taste. I don't tolerate sugar so I use honey and other things. Anyway, as good as it is, I know I don’t stop and think about how thankful I am for the ability to taste good things. We eat food everyday and hopefully we say grace, but how often do we think of those who cannot enjoy the things we do? That type of thinking will truly bring us back to a grateful heart.
Every day we see our spouse, maybe our children (if they are not grown and living elsewhere) co- workers, neighbors and friends. We get up everyday and they are there. We don’t think much about it. It is so easy to take it for granted that they will always be there. I know we can’t dwell on the fact that someday they may be gone, that is worry and that’s not good. We must commit our loved ones health and safety to prayer and trust God. That being said, we also need to stop and appreciate the time we have with them. We think that there will always be time, but sadly enough that is not always true. I told a girl recently that I thought her mother was wonderful and she said that she didn’t think so. Well you know kids, when they get told "no" about something, their whole world is suddenly awful and they are unhappy with their parents. Anyway, I told her I would really enjoy the opportunity to be able to talk with my mother once more. That made the girl stop and think. Yes we all need to stop and think.
I believe to really enjoy life we have to be thankful. If a person is thankful, then they would be thinking about the here and now. They would have to be enjoying each opportunity, each sense, each touch, and each day to truly receive from each blessing its full reward. It reminds me of the saying, stop and smell the roses. If you walk by and don’t stop what do you miss? You will miss the beauty of the rose and the wonderful smell. If you take the time to stop your heart and mind are flooded with wonder and awe at the perfection of the creation and you are brought into a moment of gratitude. I believe it can be the same for every aspect of our lives. Yes in life we will have some bad with the good but to truly enjoy the good, we have to recognize it and be thankful for it.
I love this verse,
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.
When we recognize the wonders He has made, we become full of His joy and are hearts reply with gratitude.
Through praise and pray God lifts us up and surrounds us with His love and we are blessed.
I pray that you have a wonderful fall and a joy filled Thanksgiving with your family.
Author of the book, S.O.A.P. How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking One Day At A Time www.sallystierhoff.com
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.