Gratitude and Blessing

As we turn the calendar to November, we have the opportunity to focus on Gratitude and Gratefulness. In a search for some half price candy on November 1, I was amazed in one particular store, especially, how in one day their display had gone straight from a wall of candy and Halloween paraphanalia to a wall of Christmas decorations and gift ideas. What about Thanksgiving? I have come to understand that Thanksgiving has little retail value, so I will choose instead to cultivate and celebrate it in my own home.

I have entertained a  couple different thoughts about gratitude this last month or so. The first is, that there are some people I need to sit down and write a hand-written thank you note to. There are 3 women in particular… each have played an important part in my life during one season or another. Each turned 80 this year (though you would never know it!). Do they know how much I love them? Do they know the influence they have had on my life? Do they realize how much it means to me each time our paths cross? I am afraid the answer is no. What am I waiting for? I have taken for granted that I will see them at church from time to time or be able to schedule another lunch date with them anytime I want to. One has moved to San Antonio so the chances of either of the above scenarios are slim. I want her to know I still quote some of her words of wisdom and am so grateful that our paths crossed for the years that they did!

The other thought is that my gratitude can live full circle if I use that great energy to bless others on an everyday basis.  Not just at the holidays. Not just by giving a gift. It really does not take much to be a blessing; in fact, sometimes far less than we ever think it would. There are spoken words of blessing. It is encouraging a young person, smiling at a child {especially when you sense insecurity}, affirming another's gifts and abilities. That only takes a moment of your time and a minute of thoughtfulness. When we venture out into our day with the idea of being a blessing to someone, it's amazing how many opportunities come our way!

Recently, I was so blessed by a gift from one of our Angels, Rita Wetzel. Though I loved the gift itself, the blessing came from two other aspects.  First, that she had even thought of me! There was no reason she needed to bring me a gift! Traveling from out of state, she had thought of me ahead of time and made something especially for me. Which brings me to the second part of why it blessed me so much. She had sewn little reusable snack and sandwich bags, which I love, but it was the fabric that she used that so impressed me! I loved it! It was how I knew that it was made just for me and not one of twenty that she had stashed in her car and just decided to pull out at the last minute. It was colors that I love with all sorts of words about coffee, including Cafe Mocha!  It was totally something I would pick out. To me, that was amazing and added to the blessing factor of that heartmade gift. When I thanked her, she smiled and told me she thought of me when she saw that fabric!

It is a blessing to be remembered; to know that you are thought of. Our days get so busy and our worlds get so full that thoughtfulness becomes a rare jewel. It truly does not take much to bless someone.  As you count your blessings during this Thanksgiving season,  I encourage you to make an informal talley of ways you choose to bless others on a day-to-day basis as well. The truth, however, is this… you may never know how much something you did or said or gave blessed a particular person. We rarely know the circumstances that each other is walking through or the encouragement needed along the way. Simply trust those nudgings… that still, small voice… those creative ways to brighten someone else's day. The great feeling that you get is all the payoff you'll need!

Looking For Ways to Bless With You,


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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