This time of year Facebook gets filled with people doing the Thankful Challenge. Each day for November people will post something they are Thankful for.
I have never done this challenge myself because I have made this practice a lifestyle change for me the last several years.
(oh how I wish my diet and exercise were as consistent!)
I read the book “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp a few years back. I also saw a quote or post about what if we were only given today what we were Thankful for yesterday. I was out with my kiddos on a walk ( I recall this moment so vividly in my memories) I asked my twins to name 10 things they were Thankful for. It seemed so easy but instead it was hard. We could name a few but getting to 10 proved more challenging. At first we thought they had to be really big things but then we started listing … Thank You God for nice weather, and for time together, and for our health, and for this walk, and for good shoes, and sunshine, and birds…. We kept listing on and on things big and small we were Thankful for. So that year for Christmas I bought us all spiral notebooks and new pens. We started listing our Daily 10 Thankful’s into our journals. When we are away from home we do it in the car or wherever we are. We go around listing our Thankful’s. I am not quite sure how or when it happened but our family atmosphere shifted. Our hearts began to expand and we could recognize all the wonderful things big and small that we are so blessed with each day. I have filled almost 4 journals now. I keep listing them each day. I challenge you to get yourself, your children, your friends and love ones, a journal. Start your own practice of Thankfulness. It will enlarge your heart and transform your life. ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; ~ Ephesians 5:20 WBT
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! ~ Psalm 118:1 AMP
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.~ Colossians 3:15 NLT