|(Sanity saving idea from my boss- Inexpensive ($5) tray from Lowes for muddy shoes, filled with rocks.)|
|(Wee turkey sitting proudly on the counter.)|
|(Antlers... how I love them with candles.)|
|(Grammy's turkey platter. Every childhood thanksgiving has used that platter. )|
|(Stuff on a tray... and I finally DID get my Pottery barn feather pillow. It was MADE for this sofa!)|
Right now if I look to my right I can see my personal desk overflowing with orders waiting to be filled, (Yay and thank you!) prints waiting to be trimmed, wishbones waiting to be painted (more on that to come), sketches waiting to be water colored, vintage ornaments waiting to be photographed, a pair of gloves waiting to be mended, a hot glue gun waiting to cool down so I can put it away, and a magazine clipping with a shirt that I'm waiting to order at some point before the holidays. Hopefully. And that's just my desk! Raise your hands if you can relate. No wait.. just raise one because you're probably multi-tasking and need the other hand for whatever else you're doing, eating, or drinking. Right?
It's that time of the year again folks. I don't know about you but I've got a quickly filling up calendar and I just flipped it to November a week early and scribbled the last week of October in the top row of boxes because I couldn't wait til November first to flip it, since I need access to those dates NOW. Does this happen to you? And does it make you tired and feel the need to speak in CAPITAL LETTERS and use lots of punctuation?!? Because that's what it does to me. It makes me feel frantic.
I feel like God has given me a word over the past few days and it's the exact opposite of being hamster on a wheel to get through the holiday season- which if I'm honest I'm already kind of doing, dangit. The word... was Peace. I go to bed and my mind is whirring like a machine, popping out great ideas and thoughts or prayers and worries for loved ones, then I flip through a magazine and start making a mental list of ideas to do or recipes to try. My kids come home and have this party or that idea, and it starts adding up and robbing me of both sleep and PEACE. I don't much care for that. I think to myself that maybe if I just get all my lists organized and written out and get my shopping done in advance I'll find that peace.
But I don't think so. I have been giving it some thought and a bit of prayer and digging and wherever I find the word Peace in the bible, it's often something that God has already given us... a gift. Which makes me think that in many cases perhaps Peace is a choice we make... and if we don't have it, all we have to do is choose not to be anxious, but pray and practice THANKSGIVING... and then the Peace of God will settle us down.
I found two versions of Philippians 4:6-7 that I loved;
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And then the message version;
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
I guess in closing I'd like to encourage both you and myself that if Peace is what we're after, we can begin today thanking Him for every aspect of our day, and doesn't that fit exactly into the season of Thanksgiving anyway? I suppose a bit of list organizing can't hurt but maybe the thing we need to put at the top of our lists from now on, is time with Him, time spent thanking Him, and time just loving this crazy wild ride He blessed us with. I'm seeking peace for the season, from here on out and I've got to make the choice to make it an intentional goal. How about you? Want to join me in a little peace-seeking?
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