Thee Farm Girl and I went to Target today...mini vacation.
The whole back of the store was lined with crates and boxes and we could hardly get through. From one end to the other Christmas stuff. Hoards of people were swarming the still full Halloween aisles. There was enough Halloween candy to last our entire nation ten years. Well, at least it looked that way.
When are we going to stop buying crap and start living life?
Does buying gold glitter Christmas balls make you feel Christmasy? Wouldn't you rather just cuddle up with your babies and read them a story? Tell them how you are going to help build a well in Africa this year instead of buying Made in China toys? Seriously, Thee Farm Girl picked that out today.
There I go off-track again...but seeing all of that stuff just made me feel so...un-Christlike? Too worldly?
I usually end up buying all sorts of unnecessary items on our Target excursions. Today, we came home with what was on Thee List.
Because honestly? We already have more than enough.
This season, Thee Farmer and I are going to draw closer to each other. We don't ever want to take anything for granted again. We want our children to be thankful for what they already have - not what they think they need or lack.
Tonight my prayer is this:
"Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, since as members of one body we are called to peace, and be thankful!" Colossians 3:15
It's going to take some work, but I'm going to have a thank-full attitude this season. There is always, always something to be thankful for.
Let's count them together...shall we?
For more on giving thanks and Eucharisteo visit www.aholyexperience.com Ann Voskamp is the author of 1,000 Gifts and has been such an inspiration to me. There is even a free printable to help you get started with your counting.