Have you ever stopped and looked at the view from your window? The view from our back window overlooks the rental cabin we started last year surrounded by tall, scaling pine trees. Past that is the grand mountain behind our property that gets covered in snow during this season. I love the end of Fall and the beginning of Winter because there will be times that this mountain behind our property will have a line of snow covering it that comes partially down the slope while we do not have any snow at all. This is the sign of changing of the seasons from Fall to Winter and I love each season and what it brings. It is the perfect amount of time for each season and by the end of each, I am ready for the next. Something about this area that I love are the specific four seasons, unlike my home state of Texas that really has one main season . . . HOT!
There is so much in life to be grateful for . . . so many little things that we take for granted every day. Every once in a while, I will just stand in the shower and think how lucky I am to have a hot shower any time of the day when I want it. To have food on the table every meal . . . even have choices of what I want for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When I think that there are so many in other countries, or even for some here in the U.S., who don’t have three meals a day, it makes me sad for them but also so grateful that I have never had to worry about being hungry. We have instant access to pretty much any question you have by just typing it into the search engine and immediate contact to family and friends by sending a text with no more having to wait four to seven days to send a letter.
I believe many people have lost sight of what is important in life and how fortunate we truly are. We think about buying a new car when our current one is running just fine. We think about getting a new iPhone just because a newer version is released. We feel we need several more pairs of shoes just because there is a huge sale going on when we already have 20 pairs in our closet!
There are so many things I am thankful for in my life . . . my husband, my furry babies, my family and friends, the home that keeps us warm and safe, my health, the fact that I get up each morning and can walk around our property. Today, I encourage you to take a moment. Take a moment to be thankful for your surroundings and spend three to five minutes making a gratitude list of all the little things you are thankful for in your life. You would be surprised how many things you could put on that list and how truly blessed you are!
Until next time, stay blessed, stay positive, and keep being a shining light for God!