Friday, November 1, 2013

the saddest time of the year.

just as soon as the sugar high wears off from the halloween candy, we crash into the saddest time of the year. 

at least, that's what they say.

and by they, i mean the ones that crunch the numbers and work in labs and do clinical studies.  obviously, they have spent a lot of time researching the idea that the holidays usher in a blanket of sadness for so many. 

a blanket that wraps us up in deep emotions of despair and depression.  covering us with darkness and hiding us from the light. 

even in the abundance of festivities, one can find herself alone and anxious. 

but it is said that if we focus our eyes on the tiniest of blessings, our hearts will feel lighter.  as if, we push back the darkness just a hair. 

“and when i give thanks for the seemingly microscopic,
 i make a place for God to grow within me.”   
~ann voskamp

when we commit to finding the grace gift in our every day, our hearts abound with gratitude.  and gratitude turns what we have into enough. 

it is in that moment, the moment when we are completely focused on how lavishly He loves us, that the blanket of darkness lifts.  and there is nothing but light.  we hold in our hands a beautiful gift.  from the Giver of all things good. 

when we relish the good gifts He has given, something fills our souls.  our cups runneth over.

'joy is the realest reality, the fullest life,
and joy is always given, never grasped.
 God gives gifts and i give thanks
and i unwrap the gift given: joy.'
~ann voskamp

join me over at my house this month, where we will share those things that we are most thankful for.  let's be purposeful in finding His blessings in our everyday. 

so tell me, what are you most thankful today?

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