I Thessalonians 5:18 "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I have seen gratitude jar projects floating all over Pinterest this month. I think they are darling, but I, personally, would not be successful at keeping up with it. Sad to say, but the time it takes to cut up little pieces of paper, decorate a jar, open the jar, drop in some notes of gratitude, reseal it and always have little papers available would deter me.
So, I am sharing our no nonsense approach to gratitude that we have had for several years now. It is as easy as it gets.
1. Buy a spiral notebook with at least 52 sheets of paper.
2. Find a place in your home where you can put it and see it often. (Our spot is our bathroom countertop. Classy, I know. It works, though. We are there a lot and it is a great activity to do while brushing your teeth!).
3. Open the journal to a page each week and have a pen ON the journal, ready to go.
4. Throughout the day, week, and year, jot down big and small things for which you are thankful to God. This can be as small as "Homemade waffles" or "rain today" to as big as "our new baby" or "healing from __disease" or "the salvation of _____". You will find a MILLION little things for which to give gratitude each day.
5. Flip the page each week so there is a page for each week of the year. (We review the page each week in our longer Bible study and prayer time that we do as a couple on Mondays--we do short devotionals and prayer together each night).
6. Next year, in December, flip through the journal and highlight the BIG thanks that you had as a family--pull out the nuggets, summarize and make a summary thanks list page for 2013. It is AMAZING when you go through the journal and truly realize HOW MUCH God gives grace and blessings over the course of a year--even in a year of trials.
If you like to make it pretty, here is a printable cover you can use for your journal. Have a grateful 2013!
Our Gratitude Journal