{countdown to thanks} have you noticed?

We rolled in the driveway Monday night at midnight after glorious trip up north. 

We took in fall colors in all their glory. 
Against the blue sky they glowed perfectly.

Giving thanks for creation takes us to the beginning. Genesis.
I love to think about what that moment was like when God spoke and beauty was formed.

"The earth was without form and void, 
and darkness was over the face of the deep.
 And the spirit of God 
was hovering over the face of the waters." Genesis 1:2

The Spirit of God hovered ya'll...
 Waiting for the command of creation.
The power wrapped up in that moment had to be stunning.

The scenery continued to wow us.
Absolutely breathtaking to the point where
at any given moment one of the 6 of us would call out, "Ya'll look!"
 As we drove we literally gazed out over rolling hills and farmland.

Rock lined highways received shouts of "AWESOME" 
from my climbing boys who asked to pull the van over for some adventure.
"Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together 
into one place, and let the dry land appear."Genesis 1:9
Every night the sun sets around the globe painting brilliance across the expanse of the sky.
 Stars burn. Like on fire...creating a display of art. Do we remember to gaze?

"Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens 
to separate the day from the night. 
And let them be for signs and for seasons, 
and for days and years.
 Let them give light upon the earth." Genesis 1:14

That God was thinking of how we would enjoy the stars,
 the seasons, the night is unbelievably kind.
Creation speaks of a Creator God and His love for us.

To the unbelieving population on this planet we know that God can be seen in the outdoors.

"For His invisible attributes, namely, 
His eternal power and divine nature, 
have been clearly perceived, 
ever since the creation of the world, 
in the things that have been made.
 So they are without excuse." Romans 1:20

Mountains peaks tower into the clouds giving out shouts of praise. Do you look up?
Rivers hustle through bends and over cliffs singing. Do you hear?
The birds of the air busily collect and build their homes. Have you noticed?

Take a few minutes to step outside. Open your eyes to His creation.

Take a country road drive. 
Thank Him for land.
Rake up a pile of leaves. JUMP! 
Thank Him for seasons.
Find some water. Throw rocks. 
Aren't you glad He thought of water!
Take a walk in the rain. No umbrellas. 
Thank Him for adventure.
Collect sticks. Build a campfire. 
Welcome Him into the circle.
Pitch a tent. Count the stars. 
Worship Him.
Chase the sunset! 
Recount the blessings of the day.
Collect leaves. Glue them on paper or make garland.
 Take notice of color.
Find a field. 
Thank Him for harvest.

Turning ordinary activities into ones that show gratitude creates moments where God is honored and our hearts swell with thanks. Have fun!