Tis the season…. for Gratitude

So I thought I would start out my December posts with different feelings/values, I see as part of Christmas. To make this more manageable I thought each Sunday I would talk about a feeling/value and then post more about it as the week goes along. This week is GRATITUDE!

What is gratitude? The dictionary defines it as… Gratitude- thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. An emotion expressing appreciation for  what one has—as opposed to, say, a consumer-oriented emphasis  on what one wants or needs.

Elephant Statue

I see it as being happy with what you have no matter how bad things may seem, even if we are not getting our way, or not getting all the things we think we are owed. I think that being happy and content with the food we have to eat, the clothes we have to wear, the people around us, with all we do have…. that is gratitude. Things can get tough and for some the holidays don’t bring the joy we expect. Even though we may not feel the way we want, can not get other’s what we want, or participate in all the things we may be asked to do this holiday season… I am grateful for one solid and constant in my life…. Jesus Christ. The Lord has been there even when I doubt it, even when I don’t listen.  I am grateful for my husband who puts up with me and all I do to keep busy. I am grateful for my pups and chickens who provide happiness and comic relief. I am grateful for my family and friends. I am grateful for all I have and all God has matured me to be. I can stand with confidence that I stand for good, positive, happiness, despite all the bad. Gratitude is best developed when we are on our knees in need… not when we have it all. I hope this holiday season you are blessed with much happiness… maybe not from stuff… but from those around you, how you can serve others, and for what you stand for. Those are the greatest blessings of all.

“I wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God.” – Psalm 38:15

Home Values and Love

The boys are trying to stay as cool as they can today. It tried to rain earlier, but that only made the humidity go up. I was out earlier this morning in the garden watering and checking on the plants. Things seem to be growing well. I wanted to water before it got too hot and caused all the water to evaporate.

When I got home the chickens were staying cool in the shade. (Aren’t “the girls” so cute 😉 )

I am in the mood for wadding… the river that runs through the battlefield we went to earlier in the week is calling my name…

This weekend promises to be a busy one. Tomorrow I am going over to the elderly couples house we bought the tractors from (https://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/look-what-my-husband-brought-home/) to help them clean. They asked me if I could come over to help them clean house once a month as they are having difficulty keeping up. Then hubby and I have errands to run, house to clean (for Sunday), and want to take the pups for a walk. Sunday we have my husband’s best friend and his family coming over for lunch and to hang out.

I have been thinking lately more and more about if our home portrays the values and beliefs we have. When friends, family, and their kids come over (we have had a lot of visitors over the last few months) do they see our belief in God, our love for others, and our love for each other. I am happy to say in most areas we are doing well, but there is always room for improvement. I think you can make New Years resolutions all year-long… so mine for the next few weeks is to see if there are ways I can create a warm, God valued filled, and healthy environment for those who come into our home.  Is there anything you do to create this in your home?