Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year, because the weather is fresh and beautiful. It’s that lovely transition ending the heat of the summer and anticipating the cold of the winter. It’s that perfect “in between” with the brilliant blue skies and crisp air. These months are my favorite months to go for long walks. My feet pay for this every year…but the rewards are amazingly worth it. I have walked with various friends throughout these weeks, and I have walked many times alone. Both are precious to me.
Walking alone is my favorite time to pray, ponder, and plan all that life has laid out for me. It’s something I do quite often to keep me grounded. When I don’t get enough of this devotional time…I start to crumble. I need it. I must have that time inside myself to center my world and sharpen my focus. I often wonder how some moms just go go go, and never take that time to really breath, take it in, shuffle it around in their heads and hearts, and be able to prayerfully lay it nicely back out on their path. I get that many moms are so busy and overwhelmed. I. Get. That. I am blessed to have the time. But you know what? I make it happen often at 1:00am. Maybe some of you might squeeze it in on the way to work. Perhaps in a long, hot shower. Maybe lying in bed, while drifting off to sleep. I do that too. Whether you have a little time or a lot, I really believe it is a critical piece to our peace.
So on a walk one day, I decide that I was going to come up with 100 blessings in my life. Yes. 100. Blessings. I often start with some kind of focus on my walks. That helps me use the time productively. Sometimes I pick about 3 or 4 people to pray for. Other times I decide I need to think about blog post ideas. You get the idea…
For this particular walk, I decided to count my blessings.
100 of them.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I ventured through the woods and winding pathways acknowledging more and more blessings in my life. It was so easy to do! I counted on my fingers and came up with a “system” to track them. I found myself praying for so many people and so many circumstances that were attached to many of my blessings. I could have walked for hours as the prayers flooded my heart.
I left the park thinking of how many people could use this kind of focus. It’s so easy to only spotlight the bad stuff isn’t it? The stress at work. The annoying things our kids do. The family issues that pinch our nerves. The sickness or struggles, the exhaustion or troubles all people face. Everyone has it. There are no exceptions.
Maybe you too, need to remind yourself of the blessings in your life? On your way to work? In the shower? Lying in bed at night? Carpooling the kids? Anywhere really.
Gratitude doesn’t really need a place. You can find it anywhere…
Then may I suggest you make this a habit? A true glorious task of your day? I’m not talking 100 blessings- You would need some walking shoes for that. Just reflecting on our blessings can strengthen our faith and change our perspective. Some days it isn’t easy. But, there is always something to be grateful for every single day.
And after you spend some time in gratitude…it becomes a beautiful part of your attitude. (Smiley face here.)