November 12

Reflection

We are beginning the season when the pressure to buy comes to us wrapped in the clever package of attractive advertising. Life starts to become frenzied. Stores have skipped from Halloween to Christmas trying to entice us into  believing we need more and more things. What ever happened to the chocolate turkeys of Thanksgiving? To live simply is the opposite of this. It is based in gratefulness and reality. The gift of love is free. We find satisfaction in friendship, family, the bounty of nature and the beauty of the season. We are happy with what we have and happy to be able to simply live. Discovering what is “enough” for us frees us to understand the real needs of others and to share our abundance with them.

Prayer

Be joyful always; pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

 Action

I will review the blessings in my life with gratitude and try to avoid what is unnecessary..

 Suggested Reading

 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Luke 12:34

With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.
Philippians 4.6

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth,
who makes grass to grow upon the mountains.
Psalm 147:7-8

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.
William Henry Channing

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning sun can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The simple things in life are the greatest gifts.
Bryant McGill

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. –
Guillaume Apollinaire

Wherever I am, let me never forget to distinguish want from need.
Barbara Kingsolver

 Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
Will Rogers

 

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