In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 we are instructed to:
"Be joyful always;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
In giving thanks it changes the focus off of me and puts my focus back on God. In giving thanks it causes my heart to grow in contentment rather than in discouragement or complaining. My list of gratitude has not been just words scrawled across a page in a journal, but in a transformation of heart. Thankfulness is transformational. Looking at all of life as a gift is a gift in itself.
My list of One Thousand began with...
- Blue sky peeking through the clouds
- Hugs from children
- Flowers waiting to be born
- Trees waiting for spring to burst into bloom
- Eyes with which to see (and read)
- Children learning to read
- Sharpened pencils
- My husband
- God who has blessed us with His Gift
At the beginning of 2012, when I decided to do things a little differently with my children, I got them journals too and together we are recording the things that we are choosing to be thankful for. What a treasure it is to begin our school day with 5-10 minutes of us taking time to reflect on and record the gifts in our lives. To me, it has been an incredible gift to treasure these moments with my children and to encourage them in giving of thanks. To see my children growing in thankfulness is a GIFT!