Our seven year old daughter is tired. She is still getting over a big fourth term of grade 2, an ear infection and the excitement of Christmas. So I’ve been gracious with her moods and lack luster attitude. I’ve been somewhat patient with her competitiveness with her sister and unwillingness to be kind for kind’s sake. And we have been waiting patiently for both girls to settle into the holiday routine and be friends again.
But enough is enough.
So while we continue to move from place to place for another month or so we are going to spend each day being grateful.
All four of us will write down on a piece of paper something we are thankful for each evening and put the folded strips into our ‘Grateful Jar’. Each morning we’ll have turns at reaching in for a piece to leave on the bench so we can all aim to be thankful for that one thing for the day. At some point during the day we’ll read a verse or passage from the bible that will help us along the journey and ultimately to remind us where to direct our gratitude because..
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
I’m hoping that by changing the focus from what they got or what they might still get these holidays to what they already have, they might be far more content.
There are loads of beautiful quotes out there to encourage us all to give thanks. But I feel that only the bible can teach true gratitude. What I mean is that if my family were taken from me, my home, car and possessions stripped away and I had no friends left in the world and NOTHING to be thankful for on earth (not even a bent crochet hook or a pretty tree to look at), I would still be grateful, despite being miserable. Only because of Jesus, my only eternal gift.
It is actually pretty easy to be grateful for family and things and beauty. I hope our family can learn to live more gratefully. I hope our jar can be filled to the brim by the time school starts again.
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
'Start each day with a grateful heart' - [source]