Friends, this week we did a five day gratitude challenge on FB. You can follow and do the challenges for the Thanksgiving week!
We are at the tail end of a very, very long and tough year. It seems like everything that happened in 2020 is trying to beat us down.
But let’s finish it with a defiant attitude: we are not going to end 2020 with doom and gloom. Instead, let’s take an inventory of our blessings in life, and hold fast to a heart of gratitude.
Day one question:
What are you grateful for in your current stage of life?
For me, I am grateful that I can finally accept myself for who I am.
I now know: I will never be perfect– I probably will never reach my ideal weight, I struggle with patience and forgiveness everyday, and I need God’s fatherly reminder to turn back to Him often.
But I will not fret about my imperfection as I did in my younger years.
My short comings don’t define me anymore.
What defines me is a heart persistently chasing after a close relationship with Jesus.
I am a child of God. I am loved and I have a responsibility to do His will. That means to be obedient to Him under all circumstances.
And in that hard pressing, I will find quiet peace and joy even in stormy and gloomy days.
Now tell us, what are you grateful for in your current stage of life?
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5
Day two gratitude challenge question:
What’s an aspect of how you were parented for which you feel grateful?
🙋🏻♀️I grew up with very little material possessions. But I learned to appreciate small things.
My mom used to save the inner part of a Chinese cabbage, put it on a little dish with water, and we would watch it grow with great amusement. We also saved watermelon seeds, would dig a hole and wait for them to shoot out little green roots.
I now realize, those little quiet memories actually hold me on the firm ground of the reality of life, which for the kids of today it is hard to achieve with all the noise of technologies and convenience in their lives.
🌺So think about an aspect of how you were parented for which you feel grateful, and tell it to your parents. I bet it will make their day!!💥
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Day three gratitude challenge question:
🌟If you have kids, what are you grateful for about parenting your kids at their current age?
I am grateful for the innocence my children have at their age (six and three.) I love how they want to share every little exciting discovery–a bird in the backyard, a flower they like to pick out for me, a new lego creation they made… I treasure those little moments, and one day before I know it, it will be gone. 😢😢
👉Now please tell me about what you are grateful for your kids?
”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Day four gratitude challenge question:
Exchange ”thanks” with your friends! Tell your friends why you are grateful for them.
I am so grateful for the emotional support my friends have given me through this difficult year.
Just knowing that there is someone who gets you, and stands by your side will make your day that much easier. 🌸
So go ahead start making calls and sending texts right now!
“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” John 2:9
Day five gratitude challenge question:
Write a thank you card titled ”What I love most about my hubby”.
🌟God wants us to have a great marriage. Our husbands should be the most important person on earth to us. And sometimes they are the most underappreciated person in our lives too, especially when we have young children in the house.
So take a little time to write a note about what you love most about your hubby. They totally deserve it!
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7