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November 22, 2011

Pausing to Thank Him...


Happy Wednesday, Friends! Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Each month I give away a $10.00 Starbucks gift card to someone who posts on my blog. So leave a post, share an insights, bless lots of folks, and just maybe you'll win a jolt of java for you and a friend.

Now on to my topic...

The holidays are before us. And it's about this time every year that our motors run on overdrive. We keep that pedal to the metal until the morning of January 1st. We wake up with an empty tank, iron eyelids, and heavy feet, and we wonder how the last month and a half sped by us in such a blur.

Well, not this year! 

Let's decide together to pull over to the side of the road on occasion and enjoy a sunset or watch the trees blow in the breeze. Let's take a few extra minutes to chat with a friend or enjoy a cup of coffee. Let's make it our practice (for the next couple of months especially), to pause, give thanks, and enjoy the incredible gifts that surround us.

Why? Because we can. 

Here's an excerpt from my book 'Embracing Your Freedom':

"What an exorbitant privilege to hop into the car and drive to a coffeehouse for a $4 cup of coffee. What a treasured freedom to decide whether or not to go to bed early. Taking our kids to the park, enjoying a day at the beach, devouring Christian books, praying in broad daylight, watching back-to-back movies on a cold, rainy day; all of these priceless gems make us rich indeed.

Has your holy tenacity waned a bit? Begin by thanking God for the blessings you enjoy and the land you currently possess. Walk the boundaries of your home and count every square inch a treasure. Look at the pictures on your wall. They're yours. Trace the outline of the windows that allow you to look out where the birds sing and the sun shines. If you have children, place your hand on their heads and whisper a prayer of thanks. Next time you go to church, look around. Be amazed that you are free to come and go as you please. Notice your portion of land; be thankful for it. Simply by expressing your gratitude to God out loud, you'll bring courage to your heart and strength to your soul. When you start counting your blessings, you'll feel the wind in your sails once again." (pp. 25, 31). 

This week, make it your practice to notice all of the freedoms you enjoy. You can go to Bible study, or to the health club, or to the coffee shop, or even to church, without fear for your life. You are not bound in chains or owned by a vicious slave driver who pushes you relentlessly day in and day out. You have a life. A beautiful, free life. Yes, there are flaws in the fabric, sure there are trials to overcome, but step back - as often as you think of it this week - and marvel at your freedom. Give thanks to God. He's so very good.

And as you do it, you'll say, "Give thanks to God. Call out his name. Ask him anything! Shout to the nations, tell them what he's done, spread the news of his great reputation! (Isaiah 12:4 MSG).

~Until next week...



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Susie, thank you for this post. I have been wrestling with this very thing! There are personal dreams that I have felt since I was 9 years old and I felt selfish praying that they would come true. Even dipped into fear if they did. Lately, God has been telling me in various places of his love for me and that it's GOOD to dream big dreams and see what happens! Thank you for being another messenger for Him.

Dear Megan,

Glad you stopped by! May God give you lots of sacred moments to take in His goodness and grace. He will supply your every need. Blessings to you this season!


God put you in my path to make me smile and cheer me on. I have to say, I thank God for you. Thanks for so consistently sharing your gift of encouragement with me. Bless you this Christmas season.


Your post blessed me beyond words. Thanks so much for sharing with us! May God give you plenty more sunrises to behold and plenty more opportunities to share His love. Bless you, my sister!

Thank you, Susie. This week I have enjoyed God's beautiful sunrises, filling my heart & soul with praise & glory to God! Yes, I am overwhelmed by all the blessings & freedoms I enjoy! Dear Friends - may God bless you as well!

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!

Wonderful Post Susie, what a blessed life we live because of our Lord. Thank you for giving me time to think as I read your post.

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