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My childhood choir director, who is one of my life's greatest blessings, related the following story to me.

One afternoon, surrounded by bills and burdened by the question of which would get paid that month, Grandma quietly said to herself - "poor me". Her little granddaughter, who was busily playing close by, suddenly looked up at her grandmother and said "but grandma - you're not poor! You have a nice house, and you have a nice room, and you have nice food and you have a nice piano…"

One by one her little granddaughter named the things that assured her that grandma was definitely not poor. Finally, Grandma interrupted the little girl and told her she was 100% right, and on top of it all she also had a wonderful granddaughter. How truly blessed she was!

Thank God for precious little reminders.

We live in an age of almost $5/gallon gasoline and rampant home foreclosures; sometimes we become discouraged, or fearful as to what the future will bring. If we add trying to "keep up with the Joneses", as a priority on our to do lists, we surely become blind to everything we have been blessed with. If we find ourselves repeatedly ending up in a place where a discouraging situation blinds us from seeing our blessings, we need to take some time to write them down.

Gratitude Journals

Gratitude journals have become popular in recent years due to their praise by various celebrities, but I believe that the book of Psalms is perhaps the original journal of gratitude. When we take the time to pause and note all we are blessed with, it is proven to boost our feelings of happiness and contentment.

In this country, Thanksgiving is the only day set aside to meet together and publicly express gratitude. Have you ever wondered what could happen in our lives if we had Thanksgiving (without the feast) more frequently? If we set aside time to be grateful for what we have and sometimes even what we don't have! It would be a good practice for not only ourselves but also for our children.

Starting a weekly family gratitude journal is a positive way to start being intentional with your thankgiving. To start a group gratitude list/journal you'll need a group, and perhaps a group secretary to jot blessings down (take turns)

Directions: Take 5 - 10 minutes or just a few moments at the end or beginning of family worship and have each person in the group say one thing they are grateful for that week. Have the secretary make a note of each answer week by week. Be sure to take some time every once in a while to read the gratitude list together. It is important to see and give thanks for the wonderful things that the Lord is doing!

It is never too late to get into the habit of recognizing and being grateful for God’s many blessings.

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