Fall brings a season of thanksgiving and reflection for what God has done in our lives throughout the year. Gratitude can transform common days, routine jobs and the mundane into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
As women we are tasked with wearing many hats throughout the holidays and pressure ourselves to execute each of the roles with perfection. The scripture found in Ephesians 5:20 is commonly cited. Always give thanks to God our Father for everything. As the holidays press on and the stresses arise, take time to practice Ephesians 19 – 21.
…19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord,
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.…
Berean Study Bible
Instead of remarking with impatience or a harsh word, speak in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Instead of acting in a selfish manner, take time to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Put others before self and practice the verses.
Take the time to say, ‘thank you’ to friends and loved ones before asking for more. In addition to submitting before God and giving thanks through prayer and devotion to Him – go the extra mile and submit to your loved ones and verbalize the Word in conversation. By doing this you are expressing God’s love through you, furthering the Kingdom and bringing glory to His name.
By practicing these two small things you will find the stresses of the holidays lifted and discover the magical joy is there for the taking!
Karen Gillman is a woman after God’s heart. A wife, mother, business owner, speaker, published author and philanthropist. Her life work is devoted to helping others seek God and through Him realize and go after their hearts desires. Karen is an award winning business executive, resides in Plant City, FL and loves cooking, crafting and all things homemaking. She considers herself to be an ordinary woman with an living an extraordinary God filled life. Find her @ www.karengillman.com