Have you ever bought a car and as you cruise around in your new wheels you begin to notice all the other people with the same car?
You never really noticed those cars much before but now you can immediately spot your twin car on the road.
It’s kind of funny but it makes sense as to why this happens.
Most likely, you took time to search for the right vehicle, maybe haggled a bit with the salesperson, before you handed over the money to pay for the car. Now as you travel in your new ride you take notice when you see the same type of vehicle.
Take Time to Reflect on Your Blessings
Something similar happens when you take time to reflect on your blessings.
When those blessings are in the forefront of your mind, you will take notice throughout your day. And the result will likely be a different perspective and approach to life because of the fact that you are recognizing and giving thanks for what you have.
This year, for the first time, I began writing daily in a gratitude journal and it was a very positive habit to get into. Unfortunately, I didn’t consistently stick with it so I am now out of the habit but I am excited to begin again. In the midst of all the busyness, taking the time to think about what I am thankful for and actually writing it down is so therapeutic for me.
Focus on Your Blessings
When we focus on our blessings rather than our worries and woes our outlook can change dramatically. I’ve had situations in my own life where I was down in the dumps about something and when I began to think of the positive aspects of the situation it really helped me to refocus and turn my mood around.
Now, there may be times of grief, sickness or other really hard life-stuff that make this more difficult. I remember after the loss of my sister, it was very difficult to think about the things I was thankful for because my days were filled with grief. However, there is still that opportunity to reflect on something we are thankful for.
Begin Today to Write Daily in a Gratitude Journal
For the next month I will be writing daily in a gratitude journal, taking just a short amount of time each day to reflect on the things I am thankful for and praise the One responsible for those blessings.
I invite you to join me and I really hope you will!
You can use your own journal, a yearly journal, or you can use my fabulous free printable (because free stuff is awesome)!
Psalm 95:2 ~ Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms. (NKJV)
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Love this post! Sharing on my social media this week (& with my church’s kid min)!
Yay! Thank you so much for sharing!
Thank you so much for both the kids Gratitude printable and the moms Gratitude printable. My husband and I have always been careful to have our children earn anything that isn’t clothing or birthday/Christmas presents. We have talked to them about money and why we can’t do everything other kids get to do, or why we don’t buy all the expensive and unhealthy treats at the store even though their friends get the same stuff. We have tried really hard to help our kids not have the “entitlement” opinion. But regardless how hard we try, we feel like it is not sinking in and that they still expect everything to be given to them. Granted they are still young. They are 7 and under. We are going to try your printables and hope and pray that they will help them be grateful for what they DO have.
Thanks again for having these available for free. I really appreciate the time you put into them.
You are welcome, Traci! It sounds like you and your husband are doing a great job as you are committed to teaching your children contentment and gratitude. And I agree, it sure is tough when we feel like we aren’t seeing the results in our children we are hoping for. But I think if we just hang in there and keep at it, over time we will see some fruit from our labor. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
I love this! This is just what I was looking for and it is perfect for me! Thank you!