Slowing down…in December?

As the month dedicated by some to all the things they are thankful for ends, another one begins dedicated to giving and receiving gifts.  At least that is what it looks like when you turn on the t.v. or the computer.  Well, unless you are bombarded by the videos of people acting like animals to save a buck or two on a toaster or a flat screen t.v. or some other electronic device.  Those people don’t really look very thankful or giving to me.  But then again, I don’t really know any of their stories, so how do I really know what is driving their behavior. It doesn’t appear to be coming from a very good place, but I really have no way of knowing without getting into their lives.  I do think, based on the videos, that I made the right decision in staying home.

I enjoyed spending a month looking for big and small things to be thankful for each day.  I think it’s a great way to go thru life.  I’m also looking forward to December and thinking of ways I can give back to all those who have blessed my life.  I’d also like to find some ways to give to those I don’t even know who could use a blessing that has no strings attached.  I love hearing those stories and would love to be on the giving end of one of those because I know what it is to receive such a blessing.

As November comes to a close I’m also looking forward to spending some time focusing on the coming King and the most important reason for this season.  I didn’t grow up Catholic and I’m not even sure if they are the only ones who celebrate and participate in Advent, but I love the tradition.  I love the intentional focus it creates.  I still don’t have any candles or anything “official” but I will be reading back thru a book I got a couple of years ago and following along on an Advent app…because there really is an app for everything.  I was in a different place on my journey the first time I read thru this book and found it to be a huge blessing.  I find myself needing to regroup in this season.  I’m not sure December with all the hustle and bustle is the best month to regroup, but I’m going to give it a try.

Something in my spirit says it’s time for a silent night…or two or three.

 

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It’s okay to be fruity!

fruitWow!  This month has sure flown by.  It has been fun reading how thankful everyone is on Facebook.  I kinda like the reprieve from negativity the month of November brings.  I’ve noticed it is very difficult, if not impossible, to be negative when you are being thankful.  I know a month of thankful updates has done this heart good.

I’ve been contemplating keeping them going a while longer or changing them up just a bit.  November doesn’t have to be the only month to be thankful.  Of course, it occurs to me that each month could hold something unique…something special and fresh.  Each month could be a new opportunity to shine a different kind of light into the world.  Each month could bring with it a new opportunity to breathe life into others from a different angle.  I’ll have to see what I can come up with.  It could be fun.  I know it will be more fun that posting about all my aches and pains…did I mention I’m about to start working out again?

In the meantime my thoughts have gone back to the river…..

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:1-3

What if my life could be all about bearing fruit…something new and fresh all the time?  What if….