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Thankfulness: Write it Down

Today, let’s focus on Thanksgiving! We’ll turn our attention to Christmas on Monday. 

Thankfulness: Write it down. 

So, what better opportunity to write someone who has left an indelible impression on your life? Be as specific as possible when sharing why you’re thankful for them. Tell them how they made you feel or how God used them to draw you closer to Him. An email will do, but nothing trumps a handwritten note for the personal touch.

Another way to share the gift of thankfulness in the written form is to give thought as to why you’re thankful for those who will be seated around your Thanksgiving table. Purchase white place cards or make them yourself (very easy!) On the front, write the person’s name. Inside, begin with “Why I’m thankful for you” and then share one reason you’re thankful for them. Take turns reading the cards around the table, inviting others to share why they’re also thankful for each person.

One last idea is to begin, if you haven’t already, a gratitude journal. A great place to start is by reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. I’m currently enjoying the devotional that goes along with the book. Inside, there’s space to jot down our own 1,000 gifts of gratitude. 

Simple but oh so meaningful. 

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you
a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having
the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope
to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious
inheritance in the saints…”  Ephesians 1:16-18

What Are You Grateful For Today?

3 Things I’m Grateful For Today

1. A friend’s surgery went well on Tuesday. 
2. Our annual family beach trip is quickly approaching.
3. Ice cream tops the what-I-can-eat-after-oral-surgery list today. 

DAY 28: GRATITUDE

Gratitude is the acknowledgement of God’s wonder in our lives. It keeps us from walking past wonder unaware. Set an alarm every three hours throughout your day. Whenever the alarm goes off, write down three things you’re grateful for today. Such a simple discipline invites the wonder of gratitude to blossom in our lives.

-Margaret Feinburg, Wonderstruck

I’d love to hear one of the things on your Gratitude List!

 

A Letter of Gratitude to God

 

DAY 13: LETTER 

Gratitude provides the opportunity to celebrate the breadth and depth of God’s wonder. Take twenty minutes today to write a letter to God—maybe even a love letter. Express your affections to God. Thank Him for all that He’s done for you and all that He has yet to do. Thank Him for those big and little and long forgotten things and allow your soul to dance in the wonders of gratitude. 

– Margaret Feinburg, Wonderstruck
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