Good Morning Friends,
The clocks have been changed, the evenings are getting darker, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! My heart has been full of thankfulness and gratitude these past few days and weeks. Just a couple days ago I had a conversation about gratitude with a little five year old. I love talking to kids… they can teach us so much sometimes. I learned something from our conversation – and our dialogue was too cute not to share! Our conversation went something like this:
Me: Do you know what holiday we celebrate this month?
Me: You’re right. What do we do on Thanksgiving?
Abigail: Eat Turkey?!
Me: (Smiling) Yes, we eat Turkey. We also take time to remember what we are thankful for. What are you are thankful for, Abigail?
Me: Awww, I’m thankful for you too…. what else?
(We both list things we are thankful for… and then…)
Abigail: My boyfriend, Emerson… but I never get to see him anymore (her face gets sad). We used to go on play dates together…. I really miss him (her voice is quivering at this point).
Me: (Trying hard to stay composed) It’s okay, Abigail, you’ll make new friends!!
The rest of our conversation I tried to console Abigail about the loss of her friend – while trying not to smile at the thought of my little friend looking so mournful over the loss of a “boyfriend.” Even in the midst of all our bountiful blessings we always find something to mourn about. Our conversation reminded me that what we focus on will impact how we feel. Abigail was happy talking about her joys, but as soon as she started thinking about the loss of her friend, it was hard to get her smiling again. I am not trying to minimize the very real feelings of children, but it is amazing that even at such a young age, our thoughts affect our emotions.
Focusing on the wrong things can make sad and discouraged. Being grateful and focusing on our blessings produces joy in our hearts.
Our thoughts determine our emotions!
We should really focus on being grateful all year long, however, I’m sure you will agree that is much easier to be thankful when we know Thanksgiving is approaching. Because gratitude has been on my mind lately I decided to compile this simple list of ways to add more gratitude to your day – any time of year!
6 Ways to Add Gratitude to Your Day
Praise God During Your Devotions
“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” Psalm 95:2
The best time to add a little gratitude and thankfulness to your day is during your time with God. Take a few minutes to thank the Lord for all He has done in your life. Compose a list of things you are grateful for and tell God “thank you!” Come before His presence with thanksgiving!
Meditate on Scripture
“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97
The Bible (especially in the book of Psalms) is filled with verses and songs of praise to our God. Take a little time to copy down some of the verses and personalize them. Fill your heart will words of praise from God’s Word and you will find your heart being filled with gratitude and joy.
Speak of Your Blessings
“I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise the among much people.” Psalm 35:18
“Let my mouth be filled with thy praise…” Psalm 71:8
Learn to speak of your blessings and speak of them often. Talking about the things that make us smile and add life to our days will, as a result, make us more grateful for them. Instead of talking about the things that bring us down and stress us out, we should make the effort to speak of all the blessings God has given us!
Get Others Talking About Their Blessings
“Rejoice with them that do rejoice…” Romans 12:15
Ask your friends what they are grateful for. Get them speaking and talking about their joys and blessings. Gratitude and joy are contagious. Get the praise started and spend time rejoicing with your friends and family – it won’t take long for you to see and feel the contagiousness of gratitude.
Write a Thank You Note
Jot a simple note of gratitude to someone who has been a blessing to you. It will brighten their day! Just writing words of thankfulness to someone else will fill you with more gratitude as well. The simple act of writing a thank you note can bring joy to someone else’s day and will help the gratitude spread.
Read a Book on Gratitude
I didn’t realize the significance or importance of gratitude until I read the book Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh Demoss. This book changed the way I think about gratitude and joy. You cannot have one without the other! After reading this book, I made a much greater effort to add gratitude to my life. I would definitely recommend this book!
I Would Love To Know
What are you thankful for?
How do you add gratitude to your day?
Feel free to leave me a comment below! I love hearing from my readers. ♥