Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Be Still And Know.......




I love that little verse from the bible. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God....". I need that, this time of year especially. I NEED to be commanded by God to "be still". Already, EVERYWHERE is filled with Christmas. Don't get me wrong y'all, I love me some Christmas, but living simply and intentionally every day and in every season, requires that we s-l-o-w  life down. 



This is November, and if we're not careful, it can be just a blur in the race of running toward Christmas. November is the most awesome month of the year if you just allow it the time to be so. It's an entire month devoted to THANKFULNESS. I don't think it's a coincidence that society tries to rush us through this thankful season and shove us right dab smack in the middle of a highly commercialized Christmas. 



So, what does all this mean for this little blog? Well, you won't see tons of Christmas being pushed at you, you won't be bombarded with pictures of this little house all decorated for Christmas until the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving. You're welcome! You will see some crafts I'm working on in preparation for the Christmas season, and a big post soon on understanding and celebrating Christmas using a Jesse Tree, and lots of my regular ramblings! This November, I invite you to s-l-o-w it all down with me. "Be still and know" with me. Live simply and with intention each day of November! Bathe in thankfulness this WHOLE month and walk into December with a full heart. 

Be still. 


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16 comments:

  1. Amy ~ I love this post! It's such a good reminder about what is really important when it's so easy to get pulled into all of the commercialization. I love Christmas decorating too but it does get to be all too much at this time of the year. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. So sweet of you to visit JoAnne! True story: went into our local bath and body store to pick up some yummy smelling soaps for the remainder of the fall season yesterday and only ONE fall soap for sale!!!! The WHOLE store is Christmas complete with carols booming over their sound system. It just felt so wrong. I know that they are giving the world what it wants- but it just felt so terribly wrong to me. Thanks for sharing my sentiments this morning!

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  2. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of this time of year! I really need to work on the slowing down part. Beautiful post Amy!

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    1. We ALL have to work on the slowing down part! Hugs my friend!

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  3. I never considered it wholly, but you're right! Whoa...we rush through the THANKSgiving season to push ourselves straight into the "Gimme-gimme" season.
    I'm new here, but really - this is such an eye-opener for me! It didn't really register to me that it was BAD - only because it's shrouded in Christmas, so it must be good, right? But, if we don't start with THANKfullness, what's the point of the season?

    Thanks for the wake-up call...

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    1. Thank YOU Stella for stopping by this morning! I was a little worried that I was the only one that wanted to s-l-o-w it all down! Thanks for standing with me sista!

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  4. Yes! You are so right! We are supposed to be thankful in November! We are supposed to slow down! I keep on thinking about big projects and changes that I want to implement but actually November has been made for something else... for contemplation and joyful preparation for what is about to come... Lovely post. Thank you for writing it!

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    1. YES to everything you said! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I love that verse! We always need to hear that, don't we? I made a thankful tree with my toddler today for our kitchen table -- little twigs stuck in a jar with cut-out leaves that say what we're thankful for. She's only (almost) three but she seems to love the idea. Trying to instill the attitude of gratitude! I scrapped my blog's editorial calendar for this month to replace every post with something I'm thankful for. It's good to focus in on all He's given us!
    Erin
    www.itallmattersmom.com

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    1. Erin I love that you are starting early with your daughter teaching her the importance of being thankful. We live in such a self-centered world that I don't think it's ever to early to start teaching our children to look outside of themselves. Thank you for visiting today!

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  6. I love this. I too feel like Christmas is being shoved down my throat. Stores already had decorated trees up in October and the craft stores have already cleared out their Thanksgiving decorations. I just put up my Thanksgiving mantle together and I'd like to slow it down this month and enjoy it.

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  7. Thank you for posting on Motivation Monday!

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  8. Hello cute lady! Beautiful post. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn't be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! And a huge thank you for hosting the party At Lou Lou Girls!

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  9. Just what I needed to hear today, Amy! I'm totally with you on this - Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, and it is given less and less attention each year as the commercialism of Christmas takes over! Thank you for the reminder to "slow down" and enjoy the season we are in. :)

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