Thanksgiving Every Day

um, yes please!!!  I love Thanksgiving!  Family time, good food, lots of laughs.  I love the way Thanksgiving and the days leading up to it makes me feel.  It’s the best!

I recently wrote a post about being thankful.  This time of year we tend to reflect on all the things that we are thankful for.  We tend to compassionately notice those who go without.

But what if we chose to live in a state of thankfulness always.  Every day.  No matter what.  We took on a Thanksgiving mindset.  I truly believe we would have more Joy.  We would focus on all that we do have and not on what we don’t.  We would give to those in need more regularly just as we tend to do this time of year.

Why?  Because when we are thankful and take the time to count our blessings, it is hard not to be joyful.  It is hard to miss the needs of those around us.

True thanksgiving pours out of our hearts.  It turns into praise, joy and giving.

That is something that I want every day.  I want to create new habits.  Not just thank the Lord for my blessed life but really be thankful.

I can say that I am so thankful for my children.  And I am.  Very.  But there are days..You know “one of those days” where I am just trying to get through it.  On those days I certainly don’t have a heart of thanksgiving.  I don’t thank God for the mess and chaos those days bring.  But I want to.  It’s part of raising children.  There are good days and there are days that aren’t as good.  I want to thank The Lord even for those days.  Because even those days are such a reminder that I am blessed.

~Kristen

You are my everything

mountains

Lord in those moments of weakness, You are strong.

In those moment when I am lost, You find me.

When I fall, You pick me up.

Those times I cry, You comfort me.

When it is TOO MUCH, You are all I need.

In those times of hurt, You bring healing.

When I feel alone, You are there.

Your my comforter.  My Rock.  My protector.  My strength.  Lord, You are my everything.

~Kristen

God’s Grace

I am overwhelmed by how gracious and wonderful God is.  When He called me to write I questioned it.  I thought it would be a waste of time. I put a lot of heart and soul into my writing.  I knew that if God wanted me to do it I had to go all in.  See where He wanted to take it.  See how He could use me.

And wow.. I cried as I told friend how totally blown away and humbled I am to see how God is using me.  I had no idea I would ever share that life experience with all of you that led to the post titled “Life“.  It is just not something that I talk about much.  For various reasons.  But I wrote it anyway and God has used it.

What an absolute blessing it is that the baggage from my past can still be used to bring glory to God.  God’s grace is enough for me.  He has brought healing to my life and He uses me.  His Grace takes my pain and my suffering, and He turns it into something beautiful.

After I wrote a piece of that story, I was covered in God’s grace once more.  His healing.  His presence.

So here we are on this journey together.  Not sure where it will lead.  Only sure that I want to find out.  And certain that God’s grace will be enough for me!

When have you experienced God’s grace?

~Kristen

Thankful

Thankful! I’m thankful for so many things…. Mostly I am thankful for hope, faith, love and new life found in Jesus Christ. I am thankful that I’m forgiven. That I’m loved. That God never leaves me. That I have purpose in this life. I’m thankful that life is about so much more then me. I’m thankful that no matter how many times I fall, God picks me back up. He uses my brokenness. He heals my wounds. So yes, I’m thankful for the trials. The hard times we have faced. Because those times have made me who I am. They have refined me. Helped define me. Those times have drawn me closer to God.

I’m thankful for my family. My husband is the love of my life. He is my rock. He knows me so well and loves me with all his heart – even though he knows me so well :) I’m thankful that he is who he is to me and our precious children. I’m thankful that he loves God.  I’m thankful that he and I have many similar interests.  I’m thankful he has been there holding my hand through life’s precious moments and life’s challenging heartbreaking ones. I’m so blessed to be his wife in this exciting crazy life we share!!!

I’m thankful that I’m a mommy.  Our precious daughters are amazing.  I’m thankful they love me so much and that I have the privilege to be their mom.  I’m thankful I get to watch them grow up and help them learn and that I get to learn from them. They bring so much joy to our lives. Their laughter fills our home every day.  They are our biggest blessings!   I’m thankful!

What are you thankful for this year?

~Kristen

beauty

snow

One of my favorite things ever, is sitting inside on a cold winter day, fire going, drinking tea and watching the snow fall. Here I am, in the mountains,  gazing out the window, with a cup of hot tea, while watching it snow.  Wow, is this beautiful! There is a certain calm and peaceful feeling that has come over me.

In the winter everything turns brown, leaves fall, and eventually the ground is bare.  It is not a beautiful sight.  It’s colorless.  Lifeless.  Often messy.

And then… it snows.  And slowly the ground and the trees are covered in a beautiful white powder.  A mesmerizing beauty.  One that replenishes the soul.

Life.  It is sometimes not very pleasing.  There are moments that are ugly and bare.  Colorless, with not much to be desired.

Just as the snow falls and covers the earth beneath it in a blanket of beauty, God brings beauty to life.  A beauty that captivates us. That restores.

In those not so wonderful moments, we have hope.  Hope that God will make something beautiful out of the bare, not so lovely circumstances of life.  And as we rest in His arms, we watch as His grace covers us.  A grace so captivating, so lovely, so refreshing.

~Kristen

Unique

Each and every one of us is made in a unique, special way. We can be so hard on ourselves.  We compare. When I compare, I find myself not appreciating the way I am. Instead I question if I need to change.

I’m trying to get to the point where even when others don’t understand, I need to remember that I am exactly who God wants my to be. And that is enough.

There are times I feel different.  Well, I am.  I’m unique.

He doesn’t want me to be the kind of mom everyone else is, He wants me to be the kind of mom He created me to be.  And guess what? That means I’m going to parent differently. He doesn’t want me to be the same kind of wife or friend as someone else either. God wants me to just be me.

God wants me to follow the dreams and passions He has given me.  Follow through with the callings He has given me.

I want to continue learning what it means to appreciate those things that make me different.  Not let them become comparisons, but instead celebrate the very me God made me to be. I want the word different and unique to be a good thing.

If I learn to embrace my uniqueness, it is then that God can fully use it for His glory.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

What are ways that you try and embrace your uniqueness?

~Kristen

pain

We all deal with so much pain.  Life is hard.  And it throws things our way that leave us with unanswered questions. Anger.  Sadness.  Defeat. It leaves us feeling alone. Feeling as if no one gets it.  No one understands the depth of the pain.  They don’t understand the helplessness and often hopelessness that consumes our day. We are pained by the reality of the life that we live.  The hardship we face.

I was there.  I have been there more then once.  I want you to know that you are not alone.  I may not completely understand your unique story, but I get the depths from which your pain comes.  I understand the feelings of helplessness.  Hope is so desired but hard to find.

I have wrestled and struggled with God.  I have shaken my fist.  I have loudly said it isn’t fair.  I have cried from the depths of my soul.

Where did I find peace?  Rest?  Hope?  Healing?  It was in the arms of my God.  And I mean one hundred percent.  He had to carry me through such journey’s.  I could not do it in my own strength.  And when I surrendered my pain, not only did the Lord life me up, but He strengthened me.  No easy journey, but a road worth traveling for sure.

I am sorry friend, for your pain.  Please know your not alone.  Know that God wants to carry you and give you peace and hope.  He will meet you where your at.

~Kristen