I am taking this month to pause with Thanksgiving once more! I made this challenge for myself and my readers last year and I hope to continue it again this year!
It has always somewhat astounded me how quickly we tend to pass over Thanksgiving in our fall calendar and move straight into Christmas! I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to jump head first into Christmas, but as we were driving the day after Halloween, my children pointed out all the Christmas décor that had suddenly appeared all around our town. “It’s not even Thanksgiving mom!” We have become so accustomed to skipping over Thanksgiving and to see the absurdity of bypassing such an important time in history and in our own lives and from the perspective of my young children, it really brought me to a place of recognition. I have always loved Thanksgiving, but I am certainly guilty of quickly pushing it aside to embrace Christmas.
I feel a great desire and need to pause, to really sit and revel in the grace and joy of the Lord and give thanks for all the blessings He has given us. Thanksgiving is just a day, but in reality, Thanksgiving should be a state of being. It should be a place where my heart rests and where I can see clearly and recognize the grace of God in my life daily.
Welcome to week one of the Pause with Thanksgiving Challenge! I am so glad you are here!
Let us enter into this season with Praise and Thanksgiving in our hearts!
Most who know me well know that I love praise and worship. Nothing sets my mood or allows me to focus more and there is just something about entering into a heart of worship at the beginning of the day that really sets the tone for my day.
Throughout the bible and especially in the Psalms, we are encouraged to enter into a state of worship with Thanksgiving.
Psalms 95:2 – Let us come before His presence with Thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalms 69:30 – I will praise God’s name with song and glorify Him with Thanksgiving.
Ezra 3:11 – With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord.
Week one Challenge
Fill your day with praise and worship as we enter into Thanksgiving, BUT, there’s one more thing…not only are we going to fill our homes, cars and mind with worship, we are going to PAUSE!
How do we pause in praise and Thanksgiving?
Pause, listen and meditate on the words of a song.
Pause and sing the words over yourself as in prayer.
Pause and allow the music to minister to your soul.
Pause and write down the words of the song and meditate over them.
Pause and throughout the day speak the words of the songs through breath prayers.
So, this week, find your favorite songs or check out my Pause with Thanksgiving spotify playlist and take time to pause and linger in the music. Allow the words to fill your heart, mind and soul. Most worship songs are taken directly from scripture so I encourage you to take time to find the scriptures that the songs are linked to and meditate on the scripture as well.
Let us pause with Thanksgiving and sing praises to God so that we will be overwhelmed with His spirit that resides within us!
Here is a our Key verse for this week that you can download and print here!
Next week we will come together again and continue in our Challenge to Pause with Thanksgiving!
Here is the Challenge Schedule –
Week 1 –November 9th- 11/14: Begin your days with music and praise. I know many of you may already do this, but Instead of it being in the background, I am going to linger and listen to the words sung and use the words not just as music, but as prayers.
Week 2 – 11/14-11/20: Along with the music, let’s light a candle and watch it flicker and burn even for just a moment and give Thanks for the moments of our everyday lives.
Week 3 – 11/21-11/26: Create Intentional conversations around the table this week. Let’s be purposeful as we gather in our homes, be it at breakfast, lunch or Thanksgiving Dinner.
Week 4 – 11/27- 11/30: Kneel in prayer this week. As we finish the month and begin to enter in to the Advent Season, let us pause with thanksgiving and prayer, humbling ourselves and kneeling before our King as we prepare our hearts to enter into the Advent season.
Let me know what songs are ministering to you this season as you Pause with Thanksgiving!