Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Spirit of Celebration, Loveliness & Thankfulness

The spirit of celebration finds a natural expression in parties and get togethers, in times of laughter. But the celebrating spirit need not limit itself to party time. The spirit of celebration is for all of our lives.

This means that celebration shows itself in little moments of grace as well as in rambunctious revelry. It smiles in a geranium on a sunlit windowsill as well as in a picnic on the beach. It sighs in satisfaction over a humble task done to God's glory and exhilarates over a creative task completed. Most of all, celebration shines in quite gratitude that God has blessed our homes and our lives with the spirit of loveliness. We celebrate because our lives overflow with things to be thankful for, and because God gives us the eyes to see how incredibly we have been blessed.

There are so many ways to celebrate God's gifts of our lives and our relationships and of himself. We celebrate through our willingness to share, to love each other, to grow. And we celebrate by opening our lives to the Lord and letting His spirit fill our lives with loveliness.

As we approach thanksgiving, many of us have thankfulness on our hearts and minds. Yes, we should be thankful each and every day for all we have and the many blessings God has bestowed on us but sometimes we wait until a holiday like Thanksgiving to give thanks. I challenge each of you to take a moment each day, let's say for the month of November to give thanks for one special thing in your life.

Today, I am thankful for my heavenly family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and thankful that the Lord fills me with His loveliness.

What are you thankful for today? Have you been filled with His spirit of loveliness, His spirit of celebration?

As you ponder what you are thankful for today, tomorrow, next week, next month, remember that His love endures forever and He loves you, just as I do my friend. "I thank God every time I remember you." Phil 1:3.

"Give THANKS to the Lord, His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so."
Psalms 107:1-2.

Have a Blessed day!

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