This month is the greatest month for counting blessings, now isn’t it? I see gratitude flying all over the place, and I just love to take it all in. But what about the rest of the year? Why just this month, are we to focus on all that is worthy of praise? Oh friends, lets try harder shall we?
I learned about this amazing idea somewhere, unfortunately I can’t remember how. But I do know that when I saw it and read about it, it truly STUCK. I loved it and wanted my family to pursue this ongoing project all year. And for the most part, we have been counting our blessings and writing them down every week. I absolutely love this practice of gratitude.
Fill a jar with scribbled blessings as you go. Ours has been filled with countless pieces of paper for the last six months. I love our Sunday tradition during our family dinner time, taking a bunch of little pieces of paper and writing down all the things we are grateful for that happened during the course of the week. It teaches us to focus on all that is worthy of praise and take note of it, record it, and thank God for it. My family talks about all the wonderful things that happened while we eat dinner, and afterward, I get the pens and paper ready for all of us to write them down and place the papers in the jar.
Every New Year’s Eve, we will read aloud all the blessings of the year, and then start a brand new jar on New Year’s Day!
I share more about this wonderful idea over at my friend Lori’s place: Eternal Moments. Come read more about it… and maybe you too, will want to start this incredible tradition. This month would be a perfect time to launch it!
Our jar -with pens and paper, is on our shelf accessible all the time for anyone to add to it. I have had many people come by and add their blessings too, and I just love that!
There are always so many blessings we miss. As hard as we try to remember all the good things in our lives, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them. We have far too many blessings to even count. And for that, I am forever grateful. I pray I can continue to teach my children, just how blessed we truly are. I never ever want them to take any of it for granted. At least I know that daily we thank God for His Blessings, and weekly we write them down. It doesn’t feel like enough… but both are habits firmly planted in our lives.
If you have more ideas to add, please oh please share!! I would absolutely love your input. How does your family practice gratitude?