Over the past five weeks, I have been challenged by, encouraged by, and uplifted by my five blogging friends who shared their thoughts on gratitude. Lisa Jordan, Meghan Weyerbacher, Michele Morin, Lesley Crawford, and Marie Gregg . . . thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your words at my place. If you missed any posts in this series, you can find them at: Choosing Gratitude.
To wrap up this series, I am sharing a few final thoughts . . .
I gave myself a challenge. Find thirty things I was grateful for during the thirty days of November.
On the hard days, I had to look beyond disappointment and frustration in the current day to the bigger picture of my life.
I found hope. Beauty. Family. Friends. And especially the reality of God’s love.
These themes are what my heart revolves around.
My blogging friends who have already shared about gratitude in this place offered so much wisdom. Gratitude keeps me grounded.
Having a heart that sees God’s fingerprints on my life, His blessing in my days—even the painful ones—is what gives me the courage to keep moving forward when part of me screams to give up. Give in. Lay down.
Below are some of the posts I shared about gratitude on Instagram in November.
Day 1: It’s been . . . a year. There have been days when finding things to thank God for was easy. And then there were days . . . where I couldn’t see even one thing good in that day. I am realizing how important gratitude is to my heart, so I have decided to share at least one thing each day this month that I am thankful for.
Gratitude is heart-freeing. I read a post by Crystal Twaddell about gratitude journaling. I am thankful for others who remind us of life-giving truths. Here is a picture of my gratitude journal.
Day 8: I’m thankful for bridges. The colors that border this one make my heart happy. But more than that, I’m thankful for the healing that can come when people build bridges between each other, and especially for the bridge Jesus is between us and God.
Day 11: I’m so thankful for my husband, our family members who have served, and all men and women who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces. The sacrifices they and their families make go unseen by most.
Day 12: I’m so thankful for the freedom to worship. And when our worship team plays one of the song that touches me most? It fills my heart with peace.
Day 13: It’s been a day that started with me feeling overwhelmed with some stuff in my life right now. All day long, this word-HOPE-keeps blipping on my radar. I am thankful that the God of Hope loves me so passionately and perfectly. He gives me His hope when life feels overwhelming.
Day 15: I’m thankful that our God is a God of HOPE. Even when I mess up, become weary, I know I can still place my hope in Him. He is the one who fills His children with joy and peace when we believe in Him.
Day 18: I’m thankful for sunshine and beauty after the icy rain that fell yesterday. Though in the storm roads became slick, today I awoke to beauty as the sun haloed the ice on plants and bushes. God shows us beauty in our storms if we’ll just look for it.
Day 28: These two…my parents are an incredible blessing in my life. They’ve spoken the hard truths, drew a firm line when I needed it, and they’ve been my encouragers throughout my life. They’re not perfect, but they are perfect-for-me! They love well and fervently. I am blessed to be their daughter.
Day 29: I thank God for my husband’s parents. After raising three amazing sons, they opened their arms to me when I married my husband. Their generosity and kindness over the years have been a blessing. And their 60+ years-long marriage has been a testimony to enduring love.
These are some of the many things I am grateful for. Sometimes gratitude themes shine through what our hearts reflect on as we walk through our year. As we head into the Christmas season, may we nurture grateful hearts that are ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth and resurrection.
What about you? What are the themes of gratitude in your life? What is one lesson God has taught you about gratitude this year?
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