The holiday season is upon us!
A season for thanks. A season for giving. A season for crazy!
There is so much we want to do and not enough time to accomplish everything.
Prioritize your passions
How do you prioritize?
Pri·or·i·ty [prahy-awr-i-tee]: (adjective) highest or higher in importance, rank, privilege, etc.*
Sometimes I think that even though we can put a higher importance on something, we don’t necessarily make the time or take the energy to accomplish it.
I learned something about myself this week. I was putting together a fall party and found some fun, crazy ideas on Pinterest that I wanted to try. I always have good intentions and convince myself that I’ll find the time to practice what I pin. But, if you are like me, those intentions are hopeful at best.
Question: what percentage of your Pinterest pins have you actually attempted? I’m probably around 10% (?) …. even though I would consider myself a crafty person who loves to create and try new things.
Well, enough was enough. I went for it. I crossed a bunch of pins off of my list for the party. And my realization? I’d been procrastinating and avoiding the work because I thought it would take too long. But when I started creating, I actually had more energy and made better use of my time. Conclusion? God has given us each amazing gifts and talents, and when we live into those strengths, we become a fuller version of the person He created us to be.
Live into your gifts
Since Thanksgiving has just passed, all the things we are thankful for are at the top of our minds. Start prioritizing those things that make you tick. If you love to bake and create things that bring a smile to others face – do that! If you love hosting and creating a space for people – do that! If you make beautiful music to lift others’ spirits – do that!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11).
Be thankful for the gifts God has given you, and live into them. Then everything else will begin falling into place and start making more sense.
Make the most of every opportunity
It’s important to note, however, that some realities of life are less than appealing. In a small group meeting we were asked to think of a place where God is challenging us to love people, but we are holding back. This may not be one of our strengths, but if God is calling us to step out in obedience in an area that is not a priority in our lives, He could be opening the door to a hidden strength or an area for us to grow.
We hope you had a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING! Live into your strengths, and see where God may be challenging you to grow.
[if you want to read more about the topic of prioritizing your gifts, check out Ashley’s blog post You Aren’t Good at Everything, and That’s Okay]
OH OH! Before we finish …
I do want to share the fun Pinterest idea with all of you! Something different to try for Thanksgiving this year. Everyone loved them ❤.
Here is the recipe I found : https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/rice-krispies-turkey-legs/
- Use 6 cups of rice krispies instead of 8 (found this in the comments and it worked great).
- It definitely worked better to compact the rice krispies onto the pretzels with gloves.
- It was easier to use shorter pieces of pretzel rods, it also uses up less rice krispie treats.
- It was fun to do plain rice krispies, but you can also try chocolate krispies, or mix the two together for a fun combination!