During Lent many people give up things to help them focus on the sacrifice that Christ gave of His life on the cross that Good Friday so many years ago. This year, instead of giving something up, I decided to add gratitude to my day more intentionally. For every complaint I have in my day, I want to think of five things I am grateful, and record them in my journal. This practice has been so amazing for me. Now, I am human, and of course there are days when there seems to be far more complaints than gratitude coming out of my mouth and mind. However, this practice of writing down the things that make me grateful...the small things in my everyday...have made me a much better person.
As I mentioned yesterday I am in a challenge called the 20(4)40 Lenten Challenge, hosted by A Minute Captured. Today is Day 2 and here is my list for today.
1. Talking with my mom on the phone (lives in another Province)
2. Listening to hymns as my day starts
3. snuggling with my youngest in the early morning hours in my bed
4. watching the kids sharing and taking turns
5. hearing the sounds of geese
6. watching my oldest help her little sister with her zipper
7. receiving four new books in the mail
8. listening to my girls on the phone with their Oma
9. finishing the Bible In 90 days in 83 days
10. timely words of encouragement from a favorite blog I follow
11. fresh from the dryer warm towels
13. hearing my children pray at bedtime
14. the desire my 4.5 year old daughter has to learn
15. dishes in the sink as evidence that I have provided my family with a healthy meal
16. the smell of chicken soup cooking
17. His grace
18. His sacrifice on the Cross
19. His strength given when mine is gone
20. Bubble baths
What are you grateful for today? I challenge you to think of five things you are grateful for each time you complain today...and see how it changes your outlook!