One day, in past days, about two years ago or so, perhaps, I started a Gratitude Journal. I am a journaling, workbook type of person. I’ve had prayer journals through the years and I love the different, workbook-type Bible studies, I’ve worked through or been part of. I know this style is not at all for everyone. I have friends that love this style like I do and friends who don’t work this way at all.
I read about the idea of a journal targeted exclusively for gratitude and was inspired. I had an empty journal type book I had picked up on a Target trip, because I really loved it and because I enjoy having useful things which aren’t just intended for a use, but are also pretty or cute or a look I love. So, as it happened, I connected the two.
INSPIRED IDEA FOR GRATITUDE JOURNAL MEETS PRETTY JOURNAL I ALREADY HAD.
The idea is very simple. You simply take time to jot down things you are thankful for. Anything and everything from big to small. Anything and everything from hot showers to cozy comforters. Running water and rosebushes. My man and my kiddos. Salvation and Jesus Christ. Indoor plumbing and cute curtain rods. Escaping the flu and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Answered prayers, green wheat, purple Q-tips, new hand mirror, gift from a friend, grace……….the lists are endless. Gratitude even, for problems faced and worked through. Gratitude for guided steps when the path was dark and I could not see which way to go. There’s no right way or wrong way to go about it. Just simply taking time to meditate in gratitude and say thank-you for the blessings I behold.
It’s not an original idea or a new idea, but certainly an idea I love and it has blessed me.
If you are familiar with AnnVoskamp and One Thousand Gifts, this really is the heart of what that is. Simply taking time to be thankful for things small and large. Things that slip by unnoticed if we let them.
Slowing down and being intentional about my life and gratitude.
I recently finished Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and appreciated her insight and some new concepts on gratitude and growing in a lifestyle of gratitude.
Now, I’ve had my Gratitude Journal for a while and it is far, far from full. I haven’t written in it nearly every day. I’ve written small and jotted down each thing beside the next, working across and down the page until the page is full. Sometimes I echo myself, writing down the same things again and again. Even though I’ve hardly made a dent in the pages, I like my little Gratitude Journal. A glimpse of it reminds me to say thank-you. Scanning the things I have listed reminds me of places I’ve been and the thankfulness I do have…and should have!! 🙂
Do you know Drew and Gracie from Boz? Well,I think their little prayer sums it up quite well!
Thank-you God as this day ends,
For my family and my friends,
Taking time to sit and pray,
Thank-you God for this great day!
NOTE: If you get a journal with buttons sewn on the front, babies that come to your house will be fascinated with it, if it is sitting in a basket on the floor where they can see it. My little niece can attest to this along with some other baby visitors we’ve had! 🙂
Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal?