Who needs an excuse to celebrate? Life is a gift from God, one to be celebrated.
Susie Larson says in her book "Growing Grateful Kids: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places" (I am paraphrasing) when we take time to play it communicates to our children that all is well and more rests on the shoulder of God than on ours. Susie's words are full of wisdom.
Our family has been through some real ups and downs in the past week and a half. It's felt much like a roller coaster ride. Then today, more news came that brought (more) tears and saddened our hearts. Yes, we wonder why. We can't see what He's doing exactly. This life can be tough. But we trust that God is in complete control! We want to communicate that loud and clear to our children.
So today, we keep counting down the days to Thanksgiving by modeling gratitude for our kids. We've been going around the table at dinner time and writing down what we're grateful for. Not as elaborate as our Thanksgiving Tree last year, but it works. :) We keep walking forward in faith, trusting that God sees all of this, hears our prayers, answers faithfully and rightly, that He loves us and has good plans for our family. We keep celebrating the gifts He's given us.
There is so much hope, joy and peace in knowing Jesus. If you know Him you have much to celebrate. I encourage you to join us in taking the time to celebrate His goodness in the ordinary; to pause to give thanks to the Giver today!
Cake with sprinkles, anyone?
Jesus said, "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." John 10:10