Thursday, November 18, 2010

our thankful tree

Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, 
so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.  
Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done. 
Colossians 2.7

Reading through Colossians this time last year inspired a new tradition in our home:  the thankful tree.  Rooted in Christ, drawing up nourishment from Him, we grow in faith and truth, overflowing with gratitude for all He has done.  

Thanksgiving should be a mark of the Spirit in our lives.  We are set free in Christ, no longer slaves to outward expressions of religion and tradition, rules and regulations.   But, thankful for His Spirit's inner renewal of our mind, heart and soul.  We’re thankful not just for a house 'cuz baby, it’s cold outside.  But, we’re thankful for ALL He has done.  If we fully understand what Christ has done for us, our lives should be characterized by thankfulness.  The final sacrifice was made at Calvary when Christ bought our salvation with His blood.  From here on out, it is privilege!  {Rabi Maharaj taught me that this week.}
We are truly blessed.  
Let our lives overflow!

These are last year's pics.  Our thankful tree is going up tonight, as soon as I find the unpacked box with the colored paper in it...

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

1 comment:

  1. you swipe my resolves - i'm swiping your tree idea! LOVE it! thanks for the inspiration!