Wednesday, November 2, 2011
An Attitude of Gratitude
November is here! The hustle and bustle of the holidays are just around the corner. The thought of this caused me to think about taking a new approach this year. What if we began right now to think of things that we are thankful for? What if we wrote it down as a record of all the ways we are blessed?
This past year I had the privilege of reading the book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. This book shook me to the core. I know that there are days that I don't pause to thank God like I should, but I had never thought about how an attitude of gratitude could transform how I see God and the world around me. If you have not read the book, I would encourage you to get it. You can also read Ann's Blog at www.aholyexperience.com.
Each of my kiddos works on character as one of their assignments for homeschool. I decided for the month of November that they would take time each day to list the things that they are thankful for in their own Thankfulness Journal. I took a piece of colored card stock and folded it in half. I added sheets of lined notebook paper and Elsie tied it all together with yarn. They each decorated the cover of their journal.
It was important to me that they look beyond the obvious. I encouraged them to choose things that we cannot buy to put on their list. It is easy for kids to write 1. Mom, 2. Dad, 3. Legos and so on.
I wanted to stretch their writing abilities a bit. If you are thankful for cookies, what is it that causes you to be thankful? Is it the way the smell of them baking fills the house? Is it the warm gooey chocolate?
Little Buddy said he wanted to be thankful for our house. At five years old, I think this is great. But he went on to say that our house makes him feel safe. Even better!
After one day of writing, here are a few of the things they are thankful for:
- the hope of salvation.
- frost on a crisp fall morning.
- the sound of my little brother singing.
- the freedom to praise God.
- the Holy Spirit lives inside of me.
- God's protection. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.
- Mom's warm hugs throughout the day.
I can't wait to see the attitude of gratitude grow in the hearts of my children.
That reminds me to get back to my Thankfulness Journal.