A Quiet Heart Is…a thankful heart
I love fall. Something about fall in the south just lights my spirit up. When I moved years ago to the Gulf Coast and there were no changing leaves, I grieved for the missing season.
The changing leaves and crispness in the air are a relief after stifling summer. The cool nights remind me of many evenings by the football field and the freeness of youth. And then there is pumpkin everywhere. The way to my heart is pumpkin cake, scones, cookies. Seriously.
But I also love the feeling of slowing down and intentionally being thankful. It is only early October but as I go through my fall decorations, I see the words “give thanks” and I am reminded of the necessity of this season. Summer passes in a blur of fun events and then school comes barrelling in. The craziness of the Christmas season is around the corner.
In the middle is this breath of fresh air to me. A little quiet. Time to be grateful.
I don’t think anyone speaks more prolifically or beautifully about gratitude than Ann Voskamp. I have poured over her blogs on gratitude over the past few years, written lists of all I have to be thankful for with thousands of others after reading 1,000 gifts, and used her printables to talk about thankfulness with my family.
I will be getting a little tree ready soon – a simple branch from the back yard. We will cut out little paper leaves and hang them from string. Nothing fancy. Just a reminder to us every day to write out our prayers of thanks to God. We need these reminders every November.
I need them daily. It is so easy to let my heart get caught up in the noise, in the “what if’s” and “why nots” and oh, the “have nots.” They are deadly to a quiet heart.
But thankfulness is life to our spirits and quiet to our busy hearts.
“Happiness isn’t something you ever achieve, but only receive — like a gift. Like taking now as an unexpected gift of keys that will open you to more of God,” says Voskamp.
I think that is why I really love fall. Nestled between the stifling heat and the bitter cold is a cool breeze and quietly falling leaves. It comes with the promise of a thankful heart, a quiet heart – open to more of God.
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