The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! by Susie

Susie's thanksgiving tree

Hurray for Fall! Hurray for Thanksgiving! Hurray for Holiday madness!  

As someone who was an avid follower of RaisingDeepRoots LONG before I was ever a contributor, I just have to give a big shout out to Kell for all the wonderful work she put in this time last year posting all her great Thanksgiving and Christmas posts.

 My Thanksgiving tree (see above image) from Thirty Days of Thanks continues to be a work in progress but I seem to get enough leaves up each day JUST in time for our family devotional time over dinner 🙂  I hope you are getting a chuckle out of the fact that there are only numbers on half the leaves and no “give thanks” letters yet.  But some encouraging words I read recently said

“God desires Praise, not Perfection.  Life in Him is about the Gratitude not the Grind!”

 Just what I needed to hear! My tree might not be perfect but my tree is an attempt to intentionally  live in gratitude and offer up Praise to the Lord, God Almighty! (Just a side note, I did find the professional, premade trees at Pottery Barn this year if you are interested in taking the plunge and buying one!)  If you want to join in on the gratitude and praising fun,  check out Kellye’s post and her suggested list of 30 days worth of thanksgiving.    A dear friend of mine did her own spin on the thanksgiving tree and simply printed out the devotionals on strips of paper, put them in a jar, and each day her family picks one out of the jar!  I know we are well into November at this point but even 15 days (or 3 for that matter) of thanksgiving is better than none right?

 Here is another idea you might like to try.  I found this cute jar idea on Pinterest, complete with ideas to cultivate an attitude of thankfulness in your family!

Source: via on Pinterest

November is also a great time to start pondering about what kind of advent devotions you might like to try.  Again, I am so grateful to Kell for introducing our family to the Jesse Tree.  We definitely had the best Advent season ever last year using the Jesse Tree idea to help us focus on the joy of the coming of Christ. Over the next few weeks we hope to point you to more great resources to make the most of

“the most wonderful time of the year!”



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