If you asked me at the beginning of the month what the next four weeks would look like, I’m not sure I could accurately predict. From a week at the beach with friends, to Thanksgiving with family, and all the in-between, November flew by.
The day after Halloween seems to mark the beginning of the holiday season with the start of Christmas music everywhere you go and all things Christmas decking the halls of each and every store. We lose sight of Fall and the chance to pause in gratitude for all of our blessings. I pray you created your own season of gratitude before you jumped into the frenzy.
For me, this looks like not getting caught up in the idea of “I have to” when it comes to holiday traditions or gatherings. What does it look like for you?
Let’s walk through our November memories together. What are you loving, learning, and leaning into as we wrap up Fall and head into Winter? Join me for a few of my November snapshots and sweet memories.
In November, I learned …
Again how the gift of friendship looks like life around the table. The chance for communion, conversation, and picking up where we left off. I spent a week with friends at the beach. This is not a usual November activity, but it is one I will remember for always. Click HERE to read more about our sweet time together.
The joy of family is never one to take for granted. Any time the opportunity arises to spend with family, seize it. Family gatherings are God’s way of reminding you what it looked for Jesus to meet with friends, family, and complete strangers. The time is refreshing, perhaps challenging, but a treasure of gratefulness and grace.
How new jobs at libraries can have snow/ice days. They are not just for teachers! 😉
I am loving …
Christy Nockels CD, The Thrill of Hope. The CD first came out in 2016, but it is new to me. Give yourself the gift of some new music to enter into the waiting space with God. This CD is a beautiful compilation of songs meant to prepare and open our hearts to Jesus.
Enjoy this audio version of one of Christy’s songs from the album.
Going to the beach in November. I highly recommend it.
Shelly Miller’s book, Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World. Shelly’s beautiful words fill me with possibility and assurance that Sabbath rest is not just an idea, but a reality. There are so many words I could share right now, but I have no doubt that you will encounter “just right” quotes here and there in my upcoming posts.
Coffee. You probably knew that, but this is not just any coffee. The name alone makes me happy–Buckeye Candy. Oh happiness!
Reading. For me it is a renewed chance to explore my love of reading. Working at a library provides a lot of inspiration.
Digging into the birth of Jesus and the backstory in the Gospel of Luke. I joined Beth Steffaniak’s Facebook community as we study Chapters 1 and 2 of Luke.
Finally, I am leaning into …
The chance to not only prepare my home and heart for Christmas, but embrace a true pause in this Advent season. It is my favorite time of year. God recognizes this in me and has gently grown a desire in me to explore and understand it on a deeper level. In my first Advent post this past Sunday I share,
God knows me best. He saw my focus on bigger and better and raised it with His invitation to peace and stillness.
Click HERE to read that post and join me each Sunday for an invitation to slow down during this holiday season.
How surrender blossoms in obedience. As the year comes to a close, I am taking a closer look at the unfolding of my year of surrender. I have a feeling that God’s call for me to surrender will not end on December 31.
What did you learn, love, and lean into this November? Share in the comments.
Blessings as we prepare for all that is coming!
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