Weekly Reflection and Roundup: Thanks

Well, it’s Sunday again, and less than five days until Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that last year I was living in Nashville, working at the mall in town, living with my cousins. Now I am back in my home state, in school, and going home for the holiday. It’s crazy that a year has gone by already, and that in a year everything is so different! But I am thankful, too. I’m  thankful for the chance to be stretched and grown and challenged and blessed. No matter what my circumstances are in life, I can say that life is good. I am able to say along with Paul that “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

I forget to be content sometimes. I forget all the blessings I have and all to easily remember the hardships. But have you ever just listed the things you are thankful for? When I do that, my mind explodes. There is so much. Family. Job. School. Clothes. Food (or, a meal plan, in my case). Even little things: toothbrushes. Beds. Pillows. Socks. Can you imagine how cold we would always be without socks?

So that was a bit of rambling, but I hope it was helpful. This week of all weeks is the best time to really focus on blessing and not deficiency. It’s a hard thing to do, especially when Black Friday knocks at your door in the middle of your Thanksgiving Dinner-induced coma and asks if you’d like to go shopping. Gah.

Well anyway, here’s a roundup of my posts this week. On Tuesday I celebrated the poemlet with “Layers” and philosophized on our culture’s obsession with happiness. Check them out if you didn’t get a chance, and as always, have a lovely Sunday!

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