Cultivating Gratitude {Family Resource}

It’s the one thing I long for my family to learn, live:

Gratitude.

It’s the one thing I teach by example (or lack of), a heart full of thanksgiving, overflowing on my husband, surrounding my children. They are watching, waiting. Not just for the outward, polite, mandatory “thank you.” But the grateful heart that spills out and is contagious.

Gratitude is the one thing that gets me through a hard day.

It’s about choosing to be grateful, when I want to complain, opting for thanksgiving when I long to whine, it’s looking for the good when it all feels bad. The best kind of gratitude is when I don’t feel it at all.

It’s not just the gratefulness for new things, a comforter on sale for my daughter’s bed brings praise, “thank you, Mom!” It’s thankfulness in the trials, the hard times, the difficult spots we find ourselves. These are the moments that define us: digging deep when gratitude isn’t easy.

Thankfulness isn’t inherited. It often doesn’t come easy. It needs to be practiced, made a priority.

Gratitude is what will change our home.

How to Stir Up Thanksgiving in Your Family:

  • Record your gratitude-write it down!
  • Read past entries aloud
  • Reflect on the day, the good and bad. We “play” highs and lows. What is your high for the day. How can we encourage each other in the lows.
  • Reinforce-no gratitude is too small.
  • Resolve to give thanks, in all things

As we head into fall, I’m excited about this new family resource to help cultivate gratitude as we move towards the Thanksgiving season. It’s called the  12 Day Holiday Countdown by Dayspring.

I believe it has the potential to be a very meaningful family tradition. I love it because it’s perfect for the entire family, from the smallest to the oldest. It’s multi-functional and it’s designed to be used at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with corresponding story blocks and scripture!

Each small box holds a card for the day and corresponds with the included guidebook. You can add a slip of paper or small treat to the box as you countdown to Thanksgiving (Christmas and Easter).

Sample Text from guidebook:
THANKSGIVING
Day #1 FRIENDS
We’re thankful for friends.I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his
master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I
learned from My Father I have made known to you.  John 15:15 NIVGod is a friend to us.What does it mean to be God’s friend?

And get this, for the next 4 days, the Holiday Countdown is on sale for ONLY $10! Reg. $24.

Dayspring sent me one to try with my kiddos. It came yesterday and before I could hide it, they saw it and are begging to celebrate something. I just know your kids will love this intentional time together too.

Get one today at a great price!

*I’m a Dayspring affiliate and the links in this post are affiliate links.


Comments

  1. 5

    Carol Darden says

    Our pastor just finished a 3-part sermon series on being thankful and having a grateful attitude. He reminded us how, in the same way we teach our children to say thank you and to BE thankful, we must train ourselves to be thankful – especially in the good times – and then, when bad times come, it’s already part of our lives.

  2. 6

    Carol M says

    Just bought one via your link….and a gift for a friend..and two gifts for my Secret Saint students…and some ornaments. :)

  3. 8

    says

    Very nice, positive post. Being thankful for what we have, showing or expressing gratitude is the gist of life. One can’t say it’s completely missing today but in our busy lives, we just forget to be grateful. Being thankful is another way of being appreciative which is a very positive emotion. ‘Thank you’s’ should not saved for thanksgiving but as you have said we must include them in our everyday lives. I agree completely with what you say about choosing to be grateful, when one wants to complain and opting for thanksgiving when one longs to whine. Thanks for sharing these beautiful thoughts.

  4. 9

    says

    I expect you know or at least have heard of Ann Voskamp and her 1000 gifts book…?
    There is so much JOY and life to be found in true thanksgiving!!
    Beautiful blog, by the way – I am new here and I suspect I’ll be back :)

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