I love the change of seasons, don’t you? When my husband and I lived in New York, it was the first time I had seen actual changes in season. It was magnificent. The fall was so vibrant. Every day I opened my windows and doors, it seemed like a dream. With each passing day, the colors changed on the trees revealing shades of colors that were vibrant and unique. I had never experienced this before. It was, and still is, one of the most beautiful displays of God’s creation! I couldn’t help but rejoice in the Lord’s greatness.
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104: 24 (ESV)
During that time, as a family, we started writing down the things we were thankful for on paper leaves with printed Scriptures telling of God’s goodness. It was a simple way we took time to remember, praise God, and celebrate as a family during meal times.
I would like to say we continued doing it forever, but over time life got busy, and our kids got bigger. We no longer lived where the season’s change was so visibly apparent, and we slowly stopped celebrating the goodness of God together regularly in the fall and, to be honest, most of the year through as well. Our heart’s focus became more on all the “things” of life than on the One who gave us the blessing of the life we have.
So what did we do when we realized this? We started again!
Sweet friend, when God shows us our life can be more of what He designed it to be, and we have forgotten, it’s because He loves us so much! Do not dwell in the past, but press forward. Honoring God for who He is and remembering His goodness draws us closer to Him and His ways.
In this season of Thanksgiving, use it as a re-start button if you need it! He is always near.
Erin Nonaka is a Co-Founder and the Director of Communications and Community at Humble Faith Ministries. She is an experienced worship leader, Bible teacher, and leadership trainer. Her heart yearns for women to be equipped and walk boldly for Jesus in every season of life. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two of her three sons.