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Don’t be thankful just on Thanksgiving

16 Rejoice Always,
17 Pray continually,
18 Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a day to give thanks.  It’s a day to remember all those who are no longer with us as we sit down as friends and family around the dinner table.

However we  need to continuously give thanks to God daily not just one day out of the year.

At church this past Sunday, my pastor talked about being in two ruts.  One rut is always complaining and never seeing the good in anything.  While the other is seeing the glimpse of goodness in everything even it is mundane or something we don’t particularly enjoy.

We need to have a heart of gratitude.  

Two years ago at the age of 41, I lost my sister, Tanya. It was such a hard and trying time in my life.  Although I could have given up on life because of my grief, there was some goodness that happened during that time period.  My mom and I really never spent any time together while I was an adult.  Since that fateful day, Mom moved to my town and we have spent more time together.  We even went on a trip together and a day trip.  

This Thanksgiving give thanks for everything.  However, live your life with gratitude.

That alarm reminds you that you are alive.  Sometimes traffic reminds us to slow down.  If you can while you are in traffic, look around if it’s safe enough.  You might discover something you may have not realized was there.  Then show gratitude to God for giving you that time to look around.

Sunrises and sunsets remind me to be grateful.  Sunrises show me the promise of a new day provided by God.  Sunsets reminds me that there is beauty in everything.

So on this Thanksgiving, let us be thankful for all.  On the other 364 days of the year, show gratitude towards God and all he has done for you.  Find goodness in all aspects of your life.  

May your Thanksgiving be blessed!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Spiritual

When the Time is Right

When the time is right I, the Lord, will make it happen.

Isaiah 60:22

Today my mom and I drove the back roads instead of the highway after our shopping trip.

It’s the third week of October and many of the trees are still green.  We don’t know when or if they are going to change color or if they are going just drop their leaves.

I opted to drive on those back roads so that we could hunt for trees that have changed colors.  Every time we saw one, one of us would loudly exclaim “There’s one!”

That hunt for the fall colored leaves reminds me of what God does in your life.  You may make plans.  When it doesn’t happen in the time you have allotted, you become frustrated with God.  You feel as though he has forgotten you.

God has not forgotten you.  We have to remember that God has his own timing.  It’s not up to us as humans to try to figure out his timing.

We just have to trust and believe that he will bless us when he feels it’s the time to do so.


April 2017, I had my final observation for the 2016-2017 school year.  My principal walked out of my observation with a new-found appreciation to how I interact with the students.  She wanted me to be the resource teacher because that is where I excel as a teacher.

The next school year, it was in the works that I was going to be the resource teacher.  Then the number of students with disability was higher than anticipated and the number of Intervention Specialists did not change.  Last year I was an Inclusion teacher instead of a resource room.

It ended up being a blessing even though I was frustrated various times throughout the year.

It was a blessing because I ended up ill with my gall bladder.  At the end of the third quarter, I ended up having surgery.  They did not have to find me a sub during the week.

This school year, they hired another Intervention Specialist so this year I’m the resource teacher. Students who are on IEP’s that need extra help because they have big gaps in their learning come to my room for fifteen minutes to half an hour for more intensive instruction and practice.  God knew I was a good fit for the position but he was not ready for me to have it last year.


Continue to have dreams.  Never give up dreaming.  However, remember that God does not work on our time.  He works on his time.  If it’s meant to be, he’ll bring your dream to fruition.

Just like with the trees, God works on his own time.