Monday, November 15, 2010

Gratitude

I received a special gift from some sweet friends this week. My friend, David, noticed that the journal I write sermon notes in was almost full. While he and his wife Sharon were out shopping one day, he felt led to buy me a new one.

Meanwhile, God had been laying an idea on my heart. A few years ago I began writing a Gratitude Journal. Each day I would find a few things I was thankful for and write about them in a journal. Sometimes they were just basic things: my health, my family, my job. Other times it was extremely specific: someone's motives, an exact word of encouragement, a cool breeze on a hot day. As each day passed, God revealed more things to be thankful for and drew me closer to Him. I filled my journal and never got around to replacing it. That was enough to make me fall out of the habit and I've not done it since.

David intended to fill a need, but God used him to be a blessing. My new Gratitude Journal was born that day! My first entry listed my thankfulness for David and Sharon's obedience to God's prompting. The second entry was for a God that meets me in even the simplest of needs. Now a day hasn't passed without taking a few minutes to list a couple of things I'm grateful for.

Being grateful is a choice. It's easy to take things and people for granted. It takes effort to appreciate them. I encourage you to consider exercising your attitude of gratitude by trying a Gratitude Journal. Opening my mind, reflecting on my day and seeing how God's hand moved has been a huge blessing. It is making this humble heart softer toward His promptings. Isn't it time to start counting your blessings?

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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