I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.
I love the fall. It is one of my favorite times of year. I love to see the leaves change from bright green leaves to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. I love to see the air go from being warm to crisp and cool. Fall smells differently, too. We transition from the smells summer and the beach, to warm smells of fall. These smells include freshly baked pumpkin pie, apple pie, and cinnamon lingering in the air.
One of the major parts of fall is everyone enters a season of gratitude. It seems everyone starts to look at
life with a thankful heart at fall. Facebook gets flooded with people saying the three things they are most thankful for. It seems like everyone stops to count their blessings instead of their struggles.
I remember one year when we did this with our children. In the early years of raising my family, I homeschooled my children. I would daily come up with activities and tasks for them to learn whatever our objective was for the day.
Thanksgiving and fall were my favorite times as I loved to remind them of the goodness of the Lord. One of our tasks I assigned was to trace their hands and they had to write what they were thankful for on each hand. It was a way of seeing how they grew over the years and also reminding them to be thankful. My favorite part was trying to get the littles to hold their hands still enough to trace. It was a big task but one full of laughs. I will never forget Kiefer wiggling as I was trying to get the pencil to go perfectly around his tiny hand. Kiefer would move his hand and giggle. He still has the cutest smile. He was laughing because the pencil would tickle when it would go on the inside of his fingers. I guess that’s what I get for trying to trace everyone’s hands so quickly.
After we got everyone’s hands traced, we would get a marker and the boys got to write what they were thankful for. Karsten was thankful for family, food, his new baby sister, and Jesus. Dalton was thankful
for family, food, and his new baby sister. Maguire was thankful for oatmeal (at the time it was his favorite), his home, and his new baby sister. Liam was thankful for toys and his baby sister. Kiefer was thankful for food, his family, and his baby sister.
We had a running theme that year. All the boys were thankful because they had finally gotten what they prayed for…a new baby sister. It took more hands to write what they were thankful for than we had. But
the theme was what I wanted them to realize…Be thankful.
We need to live life as Christians with grateful hands. Thanksgiving isn’t just a season. It’s a lifestyle. It is a proven fact that when people are grateful for what they have, they are happier. Gratitude
makes you smile.
You may be thinking, well my child just got diagnosed with autism what do I have to be thankful for?
I realize it’s hard to be thankful for things in the middle of life’s storms. I have been there. I wasn’t thankful for Maguire’s sensory issues because on some days they drove me crazy. I wasn’t thankful
that Carleigh couldn’t talk like other girls her age. I was thankful for the Lord giving me both Maguire and Carleigh. I was thankful for the people the Lord had brought into our lives to work with them and
help them on this journey. So even though I wasn’t thankful for the storm. I was able to praise the Lord in the middle of it.
I encourage you no matter what you are facing, take time today to GIVE THANKS.
I thank you that you are daily blessing us with things that even we
don’t see. Father thank you for the blessings you have given the mom
who is reading this today. Thank you for the joy you are bringing into
her life and the peace you are bringing to her storm. Father remind
her daily of your faithfulness of how you will never leave her nor
forsake her and how you will walk with her. Father thank you for the
blessings you are showering on her daily. Father continue to meet her
needs according to your riches in Christ Jesus.
What are three things you can thank the Lord for today?
How can you remember to count your blessings instead of your struggle?
Who is someone around you that you can bless with a card or a phone call today?
Remember no matter what you are blessed!!