Enter With Thanksgiving
Hello Beautiful! I pray you’re having a blessed week so far remembering how special and unique you are. It’s that time again; it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays! As we prepare for our Thanksgiving festivities, I am covering each and every Beloved this week in prayer in hopes that we can be conscience of being kind and compassionate to ourselves and let go of the perfectionism and demands that go into hosting these holiday festivities. I know us Beloveds are busy, busy, busy scheduling, shopping, juggling, preparing, baking, chopping, you name it!
Because I understand how challenging Thanksgiving can be, especially when catering to multiple and differing families, even the loneliness that can occupy our hearts because of the hustle and bustle, our weekly challenge is to walk through the door of Thanksgiving with peace and gratitude. Psalm 100:1-5 invites us to joyfully enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and praise.
Let’s go through this day with opened hearts and minds so we can see, hear, and experience the blessings that surround us. This means to taste and see the goodness of the Lord as we embrace the beauty of each step while allowing our tender hearts to be fulfilled. Let’s remove the veil of busyness and distraction so we may encounter the thoughtfulness and love that each and every golden nugget (gifts) that has been laid out specifically for us alone to encounter and embrace is acknowledged.
How about we challenge ourselves not to be worried about tomorrow, for today has enough worries of its own (Matthew 6:34). If you focus on the worries of tomorrow, you will miss out on the blessings God intended you to experience today and rob you of your day’s measure of peace. Ponder that for a still, quiet moment! If we’re so consumed with other matters, we end up walking through the day blindsided because of our preoccupation, forfeiting us to miss out on the blessings that were intended for only today.
That also includes living out the role of perfectionism. Holidays are rough on us Type A Beloveds who strive to make everything beautiful and perfect for everyone, forgetting ourselves, which causes us to be depleted, emotionally absent, and may even stimulate becoming bitter and angry. We don’t want that monster rearing its ugly head; I know I don’t :-). Let’s bless our family and friends with being the Beautiful Beloveds that we are by being present!
I know this will be quite a feat and challenge for a lot of us Beloveds that is going to require the courage and compassion to be kind enough to ourselves to let a pie burn or the tablecloth being stained or even leaving the giblets in the turkey because you didn’t know you were supposed to take them out beforehand (yep, been there, done that ♥), but it is so worth it. Believe me, it is a great memory to be able to look back and laugh at yourself. Quite a conversation piece; and 30 years later, it still brings laughter!
Weekly Challenge: Let’s walk through the door of Thanksgiving being alert and present, with hearts filled with joy and gratitude, while being the Beautiful Beloveds that God says we are! I am grateful and praising God for all of the Beloveds who make our bruised and tattered world a more radiant and warm, inviting place; that’s you! Happy Thanksgiving, Beautiful!
Until next time…
Thank You for being Beautiful You!