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Mid-week Inspiration– Counting Your Blessings

I love this time of year. As we approach Thanksgiving, we’re all remindedphoto-7 to be grateful, to pause and consider our blessings. If you are on Facebook, you’ll see lots of folks posting what they’re thankful for each day – 30 days of gratitude. What a wonderful idea!

I’d like to suggest another idea to you. How about 365 days of gratitude? Sound like too much? It’s really not. You can develop an attitude of gratitude.

I learned this from Margie Lawson. She teaches a class every January that is helpful for writers to become more productive. In that class, I learned to keep a journal–a simple daily journal like the one shown in the picture above. And I’ve been doing it for nearly 5 years now.

The idea is to have one page per day. On the day, put the date, put how many hours you slept, and put 5 things you are grateful for that day. You put the number of hours you’ve slept so that if you start feeling TERRIBLE later in the week, you can look back and realize–I need some more rest! You list 5 things you are grateful for THAT day, not tomorrow or next week, but that very day. This is important, because we can’t know what will happen next week. But we can know that we’ve been given another day where we feel healthy, or the rain is falling on our dry yard, or the cat is healing quickly after her surgery. Once you list your 5 things, if your day starts to fall apart, you can look back on your list and realize that your life isn’t terrible. You do have things to be grateful for.

You use the rest of the single page to write a to-do list of sorts. I suggest you NOT go over 10 items. Most days I have 5-6. This is plenty, and you won’t feel so overwhelmed. At the bottom, Margie suggests you list a reward. This might be 30 minutes with your favorite book or a walk around the block. Rewards don’t always cost money!

I think gratitude is a very good thing, and once you develop this habit – it really can change your outlook.

Blessings to each of you during this holiday month,


ps – our winner for the Christmas Give Away #1 was Linda Marie Finn. Congratulations, Linda! You can still enter the 2nd giveaway here.

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10 thoughts on “Blessings

  1. Brittany

    I love this idea! I am definitely going to employ it. I do better if I have a checklist for the day, but I think I will be better about making one if I have this “thankful” formula to follow.

  2. Judy B

    I love your post. We all have something we can be thankful for every day. If we don’t, something is terribly wrong!

    I like your post on 365 days of Gratitude. I’d like to start something like this on January 1st, 2014. Not as a New Year’s resolution…I detest those and I don’t make them, but as a new year, new attitude with gratitude! This is of course if it is God’s Will that I am still alive on that day to begin this wonderful journey. I think I will title mine, Finding Gratitude In My Life Through The Eyes of God.

    Judy B

  3. faithful acres homestead

    How awesome…I didn’t know I had won till I read your post tonight…

    So excited that I won ! I can’t think of a sweeter present then to win your giveaway… I will also join the second one too…Thank you Vannetta so much.

  4. Melissa L.

    I love this idea. I try to find something to be thankful for each day if even that I was able to get out of bed that morning. I have been blessed these last few years with a wonderful husband and great children (even though we get on each others nerves).

  5. Sheila Groves

    A very special lady I worked with when I was about 18 years old told and going through some serious problems with my eyes, told me to get a notebook and before bed each night to write everything I could remember about the day that was a blessing. It could be seeing an old friend, having a great day at work, or maybe BEING a blessing to someone else. She called it a “Bessing Journal”. She said when I would go back and read the blessings that my troubles would seem lighter and easier to bear when I saw how blessed I am. I now give my secret sister at church at blessings journal every year.

  6. Susan Beaird

    This is a great idea! Would love to win. Thanks for the chance to win. These items look beautiful. Keep up the exceptional writing

  7. brunimar48

    I’m been counting my daily blessings and I’m writing it down in a notebook too. But I do like your idea of the hours of sleep and your reward. I will be adding that to my daily blessing notebook. I,m thankful to find this blog. Thank you!