A Tree of Gratitude

I went to get recipe cards.  40% off recipe cards.                                                                     What caught my eye {and then my heart} was a huge Christmas tree stunningly decorated for fall.  The glorious fiery oranges, crimsons and coppers radiated from florals and fall-themed ornaments tucked between its branches.  It was beautiful and majestic and I was inspired!

A fall tree!  Why had I never thought of it before?  Each year I tire of all the retail marketing that moves straight from Halloween to Christmas. If it is not too early to have their Christmas aisles full, then it is not too early for me to be thinking about a Gratitude Tree.

We have a great window seat in our dining room.  Three trees, varying heights, decorated for fall and filled with gratitude… I can see it all now! We also have a somewhat awkward size space just as you come in our front door.  I can see a tree there to welcome every friend that comes to visit.  So many possibilities.

I am excited about decorating them with the unique hue of autumn, but what about also decorating them with our thanks? Perhaps even friends who visit can leave an offering of gratitude there. A real-life, growing tree of thankfulness. We can begin now if we want to. I can reference my abundance lists and keep my eyes wide open for the daily gifts that come from His hand.  I love the thoughts. I will ponder the ‘how’ in the next few weeks.

The tree(s) will probably not get put up until I return from a tour to Nova Scotia (Sept. 24-Oct. 11).  October 12 is not too late for Thanksgiving, right?  The truth is, a heart of gratitude has no timeline. The important thing is that we begin. That we are the one who continually returns to tell Him, “thank you”  even when the other nine have gone their separate ways. We are never too early or late to express our thanks to our God who so mercifully and generously cares for us, or to the people He sends our way that bless our lives and make them full.

Perhaps you are tired or discouraged and looking ahead to the ‘holidays’ is the last thing you want to do. I encourage you to quietly and simply begin to give thanks. Begin with just one thing a day. There may be days when finding that one thing is a challenge, when you whisper it quietly through tears at the end of the day. That is ok. That is enough.

I had no intention of beginning to make plans for Thanksgiving. I went in to get recipe cards. I am thankful, however, for inspiration interrupting my day and for new life infused into my plans.  I wish the same for you.

Pondering a Tree of Gratitude 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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1 Response to A Tree of Gratitude

  1. Rita W says:

    You always have such great ideas for abundance and gratitude! Have a great trip.

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