I normally take the weekends off from blogging, but I thought it would be fun to do a series on thankfulness this month that I invite all of you to join!
I got the idea a few weeks back from my daily Bible study. After reading Psalm 112 about all God provides for us, the study asked, “What keeps you from acknowledging God’s gifts to you? What could you do to live a more mindful & thankful life?”
I was pretty convicted by this, because at the time, I had been griping about my job and some pregnancy symptoms. But I have a job – one that allows me a lot of freedom & that I am very skilled at. And God has given me an amazing gift of a daughter! I should be so happy about these things, but because my focus is sometimes in the wrong place, I miss the great things that God gives me.
“Celebrating each new day helps us develop the ability to be grateful for all new moments and for the God who is in each one.” – Karen Burton Mains
To cultivate more thankfulness this month, I invite you to join me in creating your own thanksgiving all month long in a creative way. I’m choosing to do this by having a “Thankfulness Wall” where each day, I pin on something I am thankful for.
Your thankfulness challenge could be as simple as journaling about what you are thankful for from that day, writing down all you are thankful for on sticky notes and picking a different one to meditate on for each day, having a chalkboard/whiteboard where you write a different quote and thing you are thankful for every few days. I’m sure there are many other good ideas on Pinterest too!
Side note: Last year, I posted this post on shifting your ungrateful mindset around the same time of year. I was very much not interested in and even against trying to be thankful for something different each day of the month. Funny how things change! There truly is a time and place for everything.
In addition to the Thankfulness Wall, my goals for this challenge are to:
- spend time in prayer/journaling exactly why I am thankful for each thing
- take thoughts captive that are not thankful or take away from my happiness
- choose to be thankful for all things, not just the things I love or things that are convenient
I’ll be linking up for this every Friday throughout the month with an overview of what has been added to my Thankful Wall throughout that week.
Will you join me in cultivating a cleaner, more wholesome, & thoughtful mindset this month?
Questions for You:
- What about your thought life needs a makeover? Is being thankful part of that?
- Does the theme of thankfulness during Thanksgiving time seem trite or inspiring to you?