Here’s the deal.
In a few days, many will gather around tables of families and friends to (over)feast on turkey and pie. Anyone else see turkey as a means to pie? Good. Glad I’m not alone. And then - drum roll please - 30 days until Christmas. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, Hobby Lobby put Christmas decor on sale in July. But just In case you didn’t feel the pressure to shop and decorate already: Turkey Day, and then 30 days until Christmas. THIRTY.
As a child, this truly was the most wonderful time of year. I could hardly wait to make the 6-hour drive to Ft. Worth to see my grandparents. I knew laughter, plenty of snuggles, games of tag, and best of all, lots of pie, waited at the end of our journey. (Are you picking up on my love for pie?) I’m not sure when the joy of the season turned to frantic stress, but I think it may have been during my first round of college finals. The cooking, eating, partying, shopping, and decorating stay on a repetitive loop this time of year, don’t they? While everything is so nice and sparkly on the outside, it’s easy to become hurried and grumpy on the inside.
Let’s reclaim our holidays with a little gratitude. Are you with me?
Join me in the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge:
Step 1: Download and print the Gratitude Challenge below. Get your pen ready and keep it handy because we start November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving).
Step 2: Share this opportunity with as many people as you can! Don’t you think we ALL would benefit from a little more gratitude? Find me on social media and share the posts about this challenge. Text or email this link to friends, co-workers, family members, and anyone else you can think of.
Step 3: WIN A PRIZE! Your name will be entered to win a super fun prize when you download the Gratitude Challenge AND when you share my social media posts about this Challenge (yes…if you share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter…that’s 3 entries)! After the challenge is complete, I will draw ONE winner to receive a copy of People of the Second Chance, one of my new favorite books (and it happens to fit perfectly with our theme), and a gift card for a cup of coffee on me!
Why gratitude? Well, practicing an attitude of gratitude does 3 things:
- Reminds us there is a “Giver.” When we are thankful, it’s because we recognize we’ve received something. James 1:17 is pretty clear about where every good gift comes from. It helps us remember we aren’t alone and haven’t been forgotten.
- Makes normal days meaningful. Noticing even the smallest blessings can turn the mundane to meaningful. Our toddler's uninhibited laughter. A crackling fire. Hot chocolate with extra marshmallows. A friend that’s always there. Quiet moments to read. The privilege of a power nap.
- Reframes difficulties as opportunities. Gratitude moves us to appreciate difficult days, not because they were difficult, but because God is powerful enough to bring purpose and beauty from our darkest and most difficult days. It’s part of His character as our Redeemer. No difficulty is too small either. From minor frustrations to tragedy - He’s in it with us.
Studies show people who practice gratitude sleep better, have higher self-esteem, are healthier, have more empathy, don’t get angry as easily, and have more meaningful relationships. Convinced? I can’t think of a good reason not to do this challenge.
For 30 days: We will write one thing we are grateful for (no repeats), read scripture to focus our minds on the truth of who God is, and note why that scripture is meaningful to us. It’s that simple. If you get a day behind, catch up! This isn’t about perfection. It’s about cultivating gratitude.
The giveaway portion of this challenge is over. But it's never too late to add some gratitude to your life!
Join the conversation by commenting below: Who are you sharing The Gratitude Challenge With? Why did you decide to jump on board?