"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright, I will show the salvation of God." Psalm 50:23
It’s funny how for me, fall feels like such a major time of renewal. Doesn’t match the season at all–I mean, fall is when the year is starting to go to sleep, right? The trees put on their multi-colored coats, perennial flowers tuck themselves in for a yearly nap, even the horses’ coats get shaggy in preparation for the death-time of winter. But that’s not what happens in my house.
Maybe it’s a common thing for homeschoolers especially to feel as I do. Fall brings with it the beginning of our new year. It’s new curriculum, new books, new pencils and paper and inks. New planners, full of empty spaces for all the wonderful plans we have rolling about in our summer-emptied minds, free of mistakes and white-out and scribbled-over ideas we never got around to trying. Of course *that* part of fall starts before the official one on the calendar for most of us. Still, I find it interesting . . .
Apparently for the Jews, the situation was similar. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish fall high holiday which was just celebrated last Friday, is actually their New Year. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah literally means "Head of the Year." It celebrated the time God created the world. Jews who celebrate this holiday spend time considering their sins of the past year, repenting for them and determining to live better in the coming one.
Sounds like a good idea to me. I could use some time to consider my sins of the past year (won’t write them down; I’d run out of paper!) One of the things I *know* needs some work is the level of gratitude in my life. I feel as if I’ve tended more toward feeling overwhelmed and frustrated this year, and I believe a good dose of gratitude might be a great antidote for that.
Ever since finding the Holy Experience blog and read Amy’s Gratitude Journal idea about making a list of 1,000 gifts God’s given, I’ve wanted to start my own list. So often the really wonderful things about life seem to slip by without any acknowledgment from me, and I want to remember what God’s done. Time to start a list . . .
1. God’s Word on my nightstand
3. French Vanilla Creamer
4. Cuddly baby staying asleep
5. My glider rocker
6. Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest
7. Husband snoring
8. Tinkerbell coffee mug
9. Pumpkin muffin smell
10. Kids playing in their rooms
11. Not having to wake and hurry kids to a bus
12. Sunny skies
13. Pool in the backyard
14. New clothes
15. Facebook (!)
16. God’s protection of my oldest in another country
17. Rich, ruby paint on my wall
18. Candles that smell like autumn
19. Being able to stay home w/my children
20. A box full of orange, brown, red, and yellow leaves to decorate with
21. Friends coming for dinner
22. Grocery store across the street
Want to join me? Happy Fall!