Day 61 – my husband

I’m grateful for my husband who cooked my favourite meal even though he was seriously tired and not feeling the best. 

He’s definitely a keeper ๐Ÿ˜Š

And that’s garlic prawns right there, people. (And the photo isn’t great because I was hungry and took it in a hurry!)

  

Day 58 – weekends with family

It’s wonderful when family are friends and we’ve enjoyed the company this weekend of two of our best friends or ‘framily’. 

Amazing food, an exceedingly fine Cab Sav, games and chill time make for a most excellent couple of days. 

My heart is grateful. 

  

Day 44 – Christmas present hits

“Basically, this is becoming your food diary” was what I heard when I took this Polaroid for my Grateful book ๐Ÿ˜Š 

How can I not be grateful for my husband using the wok and Thai cooking classes I bought for him? And yes, I unashamedly give gifts that give back to me. 

These Thai spring rolls are seriously the best I’ve ever tasted, and I’ve been to Thailand! 

I know in the photo it looks like a plate of giant potato chips but rest assured that is just my lack of photography skills at play once again. 

  

Day 27 – leftovers

I love leftovers. Leftovers mean I don’t have to cook and that everyone can just help themselves when they are hungry. 

Leftover, extra, surplus – more than we need

And once again I’m grateful for abundance. God is so good and abundant in His giving. 

  

Day 20 – food

This time three years ago, I was with Charli and other friends in Thailand. 

I remember being struck by the poverty, especially when we were in southern Thailand in poorer areas. 

And I remember being overwhelmed by the comparative abundance, in everything, when we came home. 

So today, putting all the shopping in the pantry, I was reminded of the blessing it is to have food and I am grateful.  

  

Feeling ‘bah humbug’ this Christmas?

You probably know by now that I love Christmas. I love the rush, the entertaining, the present wrapping, the buzz in the air. I love it all.

My husband, though, being not so keen on the rush and busyness of the season, was lamenting itโ€™s excess and the fact that most of the time, the reason for the season is not even mentioned.

Itโ€™s true, isnโ€™t it? Christmas in the western world is a time of excess. We spend too much, eat too much, drink too much, and the whole point of Christmas gets lost along the way, if itโ€™s even remembered at all. It can be hard to see how any of what we currently do at Christmas time has any relationship to what happened in that stable over 2000 years ago.

So, how do we get around that if we want to remember the real reason we celebrate it but not boycott the whole event?

Iโ€™m not sure what the answer is for each individual but hereโ€™s how I look at it.

When we rush around looking for that perfect gift for a loved one, we are honouring the gift humanity was given on the first Christmas.

When we worry if there is enough food or that the meat is overcooked, we are demonstrating we care about the people we are feeding and want to give them the best there is.

When we make up another bed on the lounge room floor, we are opening our home and showing love to others – something that the person who was born at Christmas talked a bit about.

When we donโ€™t sit down all day because we are on our feet ensuring everyone has enough drinks and food, we are serving others – another thing that the same person talked a bit about.

When we go on a mad cleaning frenzy in preparation for our guests, we are really saying that their comfort and giving them pleasant surroundings is important to us.

We can find the real meaning of Christmas in everything we do if we look at it a different way. It’s all honouring the greatest gift giver of all.

For those who feel bothered by the over-commercialism, the tinsel, the secular emphasis on a fat man in a red suit, try shifting your focus and instead of grumbling and lamenting the lack of acknowledgement of the real reason for the season, embrace the festivities.

What better way to say thank you for the ultimate gift we were given than loving, serving, laughing and thoroughly enjoying ourselves?

And now, I’m not so tired.

Thanks to all of you for the encouraging words and support after my last post. I felt bolstered to know that I was heard and understood and definitely in good company ๐Ÿ™‚

Coincidentally, I just had a weekend away for a friend’s birthday (and hence, no post on Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ ), which was perfect timing. It was a full 24 hours of nothing but eating, chatting, laughing, drinking (a combination of tea, coffee and champagne…not all at once, that would just be silly!), and generally letting my mind and body fully relax.

It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. It’s amazing how often we are blessed right when we need it most.

It’s so important to have those mental breathers; to simply be and not be striving for the next goal. It’s necessary to give our minds some space, and room to move. Space to allow our thoughts to wander, untethered by time, schedules or plans. There was much contented sighing by all of us on the weekend, and I could feel my mind and my heart letting go too.

To simply ‘be’ is a wondrous thing indeed.

So, although it has taken a few days to get going again, I now feel rejuvenated and refreshed and ready to once again take up arms and battle my chosen causes, which is good timing also as I have three engagements for Destiny Rescue this week!

How about you? Do you need to take time out for a short breather?