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Thankful: November 30th

It's the last day of the month. There are so many things I had hoped to accomplish this month:  sew presents, work in the garden, and organize things in the house. A few are done; most are not yet.

Tomorrow starts a new month, and I will continue to work to accomplish my goals. I'm grateful for the reasons I had to be interrupted: a hungry baby, a child who needed to talk, a child who needed extra help with schoolwork.

I think often of this quote from C. S. Lewis:

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That sums up motherhood pretty well, doesn't it? Our children need us constantly.

While I was searching for that quote, I came across this one, and it struck me even more powerfully this morning:

Interrruptions The Prudent Homemaker

A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School, we were talking about Jesus, and about the woman with an issue of blood for 12 years who needed to be healed. She had faith that if she could just touch Jesus' clothes, she would be healed. As the Savior passed by, He felt virtue go from Him and asked who touched his clothes. He stopped and spoke to the woman. The woman was healed.

After that, people were constantly trying to touch Christ wherever He went. 

Can you imagine that every time you went somewhere, people were reaching out to touch you? How hard it would be to accomplish your daily tasks, and how difficult it would be to find peace.

I thought about this, and then I thought about my daily life.

As a mother, there are little hands reaching for me all day--baby hands that tug and pull and pinch--and little voices (and some big ones!) that call, "Mom" all day when I try to go to the bathroom, get dressed, put laundry on to wash, step outside to water a plant, or stand in the kitchen to make a meal.

As we seek to find peace this busy time of year, let us remember that the reason for Christmas is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. As we strive to be more Christ-like, let us seek to have the charity that He has, to give of ourselves where we are needed. Let us speak with patience when we are interrupted, for it is those very interruptions that are truly important. In so doing, may we truly find peace within ourselves to help those around us.

May we love as He loves.


What are you thankful for today?



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  • Jamie @ Medium Sized Family November 30, 2016

    This is beautiful, and just what this Mama needed to hear today. This post really touched my heart, and I'll be reflecting on these quotes for days. Thank you for that! The perfect way to end a month of Thanksgiving.

  • Mrs. Picky Pincher November 30, 2016

    Today I'm thankful for my health. I'm sitting in the waiting room at my doctor's office for a checkup and I'm very happy to be in pretty great health. Many people have poor health or don't have insurance to treat their conditions, and that's something I always try to remember when I take my health for granted.

  • Becky November 30, 2016

    Today, as always, I am thankful for my children and their children.
    My house was full of kids and noise last week. This week we are back to "normal".
    I am mother to 4 children.
    I am grandmother to six kids whose ages are 25, 24, 17, 12, 9 and 9. It was loud and crowded here.
    My best friend lost her firstborn this time last year. She has one son and 2 grandbabies left.
    Today I am thankful for my children, their children, all the noise, laughter and love in this house.

  • Celeste November 30, 2016

    What a lovely thing to read.

    I'm thankful we are all finally healthy though I need to coax medicine into the children a few days more.
    I'm THANKFUL my husband took the morning off to bring our eldest to the dentist. What a zoo it is when we all must go. I'm thankful we can get our son's teeth coated to help avoid cavities in the future. I'm thankful (?) the children are enjoying rediscovering treasures while I clean out the craft closet.

  • Ingrid November 30, 2016

    So thankful that even though our first grandson was born 4 weeks early Sunday by emergency c-section, both mama and baby are recovering. He's currently in the NICU ward but each day he's improving and getting better. Breathing tube was removed yesterday and my son and daughter-in-law finally got to hold him for the first time. ❤️
    She loves your blog too!

  • Mary December 02, 2016

    Ingrid, many blessings to you, your grandson and his parents. I am a mother of a 27yo preemie, there were ventilators, but few medications to help my daughter breathe. After surviving several set-backs, she made a turn for the positive. She is now an ICU nurse. God has a plan for your tiny one. God Bless.

  • Laurie Villotta November 30, 2016

    I am very thankful for your amazing blog. I come here to read all the posts and comments as this is my relaxation time. Thank you for all you do Brandy. I am thankful to celebrate 45 years of life next Tuesday. I was born premature at 1.5 lbs in 1971. There were no ventilators or any fancy equipment at that time. But God had great plans for me. I am a pediatric cancer survivor and also an adult cancer survivor. God and I have walked so very rough roads together in my short life,but never once has he forsaken me. I am grateful for my health and the peace that now comes with that. I am thankful that He has led my to China twice to adopt my girls as infants who are now 9&12. I have been so blessed.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. November 30, 2016

    Bring on the birthdays! Your life story is a blessing.

  • Sheila November 30, 2016

    This morning I am thankful for safety from the storms that passed through Alabama overnight. Very sadly three people were killed in the county next to us.

  • Cindy in the South November 30, 2016

    I am from Alabama also. It is a terrible tragedy, and all the four children who were critically injured in an overnight daycare that was hit by a tornado. Today, I am grateful that my four grown children are alive. I have said that before, and I will say it again for two of my children, especially, their lives have hung by a thread at times. I am so grateful all four of my kids are alive and I hope and pray that the four critically injured children recover.

  • Cindi November 30, 2016

    Thank you so much for this post. Such a good reminder for me in this busy season.

  • Kirsti November 30, 2016

    I'm thankful I read your post today, I needed those quotes! I'm thankful for our warm house with an efficient furnace. My grandparents didn't have that luxury when they were young.

  • Pamela November 30, 2016

    Thank you Brandy! This is what I needed to hear today.

  • Margaret @approachingfood November 30, 2016

    I am thankful for my life today. I'm pretty happy! I'm in a healing period of my life after some difficult years, and although obviously nothing is perfect, I'm really enjoying this time in my life. It's allowing me to heal from the past and gain strength should storms come in the future. I'm very thankful for that!! And for my husband who has played a large role in it all.

  • claudia November 30, 2016

    Thank you for this post! This was THAT reminder for me for what ist really important in life!

    Claudia from Austria

  • Christine November 30, 2016

    Just what I needed to hear today. Thank you.

  • Hilogene in Az November 30, 2016

    What a lovely blog today Brandy, thank you. Just what I needed to think about.

  • Liza November 30, 2016

    Brandi, thank you for shining the love of Jesus into my day today. We are across the country, but your words today were a beautiful blessing to me. I am grateful that you choose to share your life, your hope, and your love with this community. It impacts me personally and i am grateful to "know" you.

  • Jo November 30, 2016

    What a lovely surprise to see those wonderful quotes! I love C.S. Lewis' writings, and Marcia Lebhar is a wonderful woman as well as the wife of my bishop.
    I'm so thankful for my health, as I have an auto-immune disease, but thankfully, it's in remission and has been for several years. I'm thankful that as the Christmas season approaches, my church keeps me focused on the spiritual instead of the secular.
    And, a bit silly, but I'm thankful for "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!" coming on again. I've watched it since I was young.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker November 30, 2016

    You know her? Please tell her how much I appreciated her words!

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