Now that we are all finally in the swing of things with back to school schedules, it is so nice to just sit back for a minute and take a deep breath of thanksgiving. Does the time-change make you slow down the way it does me? I’ve always hated how it gets dark around 6pm in the Fall, but this year I am realizing that it has really made me SLOW down and spend more time with the family. Life with three kids (ages 14, 8, and 1) has me running around like a chicken most days. Being here in the Vista office is the most relaxing part of my day, strangely. I’m sure some of you can relate to that and some think the total opposite – especially you who work in the big city.
God has been stirring my heart in the last few weeks – teaching me to wake up each and every day with a HEART of thanksgiving. Perfect timing, right? I’ve read too many blog posts on the subject to count and I see everyone’s posts on facebook each day telling what they are thankful for. I do love giving shout-outs to the things I’m thankful for, but what I’m learning right now about being thankful comes from the Bible in Philippians 4:6. It says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God.” So that means, even in the hard times… the times I would naturally become anxious… I am to first have a thankful heart. It’s so natural to start prayer by thinking of the problem or issue we are facing first. I have been SO encouraged and really I’ve just felt the power of the Holy Spirit lately when I go to God first with a thankful heart. It just seems to settle my nerves in a way that I can’t explain any way other than God’s way works. Even in the toughest of situations, this practice of first settling in to a thankful attitude has really changed my moods, my conversations, my thoughts, and even my driving behaviors. Do you know what it’s like getting stuck behind a tractor on a little country road when you are already running 20 minutes late to drop the kids off and get to work? HA!!! I hope this encourages you. We don’t always get all sappy with our newsletters, but we are FAMILY after all. We may have different views at times and we definitely all have different life-stories, but I know we all have so much to be thankful for.
We are all so thankful for our amazing Vista Family! Blessings and hugs and all things warm and pumpkin-spiced to you guys! 🙂
Love, Sara Kendrick