I (Savannah here) am a complete lover of autumn!! Everything about it is enchanting to me: the cool nip in the air; the beauty of the fiery, vibrant colors; definitely all the pumpkin food; even just the little signs of creatures preparing for winter. It is amazing to me that no matter how many times fall rolls around, I never cease to be awed by it. It is a time when I can go outside and read, write, or even just walk through the woods and look around, thanking God for everything He has done.
“This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”
Thanksgiving is oftentimes skipped in all the preparation and excitement for Christmas ( I have been guilty of it), but Thanksgiving is possibly the most important holiday for Americans to celebrate. America has been so blessed through all the footsteps of our history. Thanksgiving isn’t only a time to remember what God blessed the pilgrims with, but a time to thank God for what He has done throughout every one of our lives. Then again, is there just one season to thank our Father? One season to take a breath and remember God? Throughout our days, what would happen if we all turned our eyes on God and just thanked Him; anytime, anywhere, for anything, no matter how we feel at the moment? God’s hands can be seen everywhere you look; the least we can do is stop to thank Him for the few things we notice He has done.
“When He saw them, He said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priest.’ And as they went they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.” – Luke 17:15
Honoring God in every single thing we do as Christians and striving to bring Him all the glory is an amazing way to thank and acknowledge our great God. I can definitely say that I am far from perfect at doing this, but I have really been convinced this summer, as I was reading in 1 Samuel, chapter 2, that we are put here on this earth to do just that thing. There are many ways to share God’s gospel, but the thought that really hit home was glorifying God through ALL of my writings. At that time, I was writing a very interesting, well-thought-up book (I thought) but it had little, if anything at all to do with God and our mission as His followers. As harsh and sad as it seems, it was only going to burn with all the other worldly possessions in the end, a mere thing to collect dust on a shelf. So I have started over, and God is graciously giving me a second chance and a new goal to impact and point people to Jesus with the characters in my stories that are on the same journey that I am of glorifying God.
Writing is one of the easiest, most impacting tools that God has given us to spread His glory to others. It’s an amazing way to express purity and faith, but it is also a very easy way to express evil. I am constantly reminded to be attentive to everything that I write, and I pray that, as a sister in Christ, my writings are always displaying the love and comfort of Christ to all. I am so excited to write, learn, and create with all of you girls! My special thanks go to Hadassah for the invitation to Joyfully You– but most of all for her sweet friendship!
Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to all!!