Lean Into Gratitude: A 14 – Day Journey Refocusing on the Basics
I would consider myself to be a thankful person and if you look around my blog you know I thoroughly enjoy instilling this value of gratitude in my children. But something I realized this summer was when things are looking good and going my way I am a thankful person.
It usually sounds something like this: Thank God I got a close parking spot in this horrible rain. Whew, I’m so thankful I didn’t have to wait 2 hrs for the doctor to see my son. Thank God he slept through the night. Thank God…
But here’s the thing I don’t just want to filled with joy and gratitude when things are good because as you know in motherhood good can turn to worse–in like SECONDS.
I want to be the kind of person that finds beauty and blessings in the mundane tasks of life and is not swayed by her emotions with every passing situation.
I want to find joy in the everyday drudgery of changing diapers, washing dishes for the 50th time in one day. As I sit in holiday traffic or stir the pot of soup for kids who will turn up their nose when they see the veggies.
I don’t need to be Maria Von Trapp in Sound of Music and sing and smile my way through every situation because we are not talking about being fake here but I do want to learn to practice gratitude because it always gives birth to deep seeded joy that’s rooted in His love.
Well, I have good news, we can take baby steps together towards being gratitude seekers!
We are constantly surrounded by small miracles. Let’s open our eyes and embrace them.
An Easy Way to Join in the Lean Into Gratitude: A 14 Day Journey of Thankfulness
It’s so easy to complain, grumble, or to feel dissatisfied with our given situation. We are so used to grumbling about our body, kids, food, job, spouse, and life as we know it.
We are kicking off this challenge in an effort to be less of that. In hope to focus our day on the joy and beauty that surrounds us. It’s a 14 Day Lean Into Gratitude Journey. I want to challenge my family and you, to be more aware of the blessings that surround us each day.
This year we are kicking off this challenge Lean Into Gratitude: A 14 Day Journey of Thankfulness with 5 amazing faith based bloggers: Inspired by Family blog, Christ Centered Mama blog, Eileen Kloff blog , Meaningful Mama and Real Nutritious Living blog. Each week one of us will encourage you to lean into gratitude.
It’s really easy to follow along this challenge.
- Just ask to join our Facebook page and in our group we will give you prompts, ideas, crafts, recipes to encourage you to go against the tendency to find fault in life.
That’s it! Let’s be gratitude seekers together.
A Simple Idea To Get You Started
Gratitude always gives birth to joy!
I know it’s hard to get started when we’ve set out to make a change for the better so I made a simple printable for you to print out and use to give you ideas on things you can be thankful for throughout the week. You can take an alphabet a day or multiple ones throughout the week.
We’ve also done a gratitude hike as a family and used the ABC’s as a prompt throughout our hike. Remember you don’t have to go into the woods to do a hike you can hike in your neighborhood.
Just click here for the FREE printable (shown above): Lean Into Gratitude ABC’s
I have an ABC’s of Thankfulness just for kids that you can find HERE it’s perfect to use at home, school or Sunday school. It has a space for them to draw or write (pictured below).
Here’s our schedule of Christian bloggers who will be sharing fun gratitude ideas, crafts, recipes and more that you can enjoy as a family:
Nov 1st – Mari — ABC’s of Gratitude for Moms
-3rd Eileen Koff– Thanksgiving through praise
-7th Sarah Liberty Hardee http://christcenteredmama.com/
-10th Jodi Durr https://meaningfulmama.com
-14th Melissa Schollaert– https://realnutritiousliving.com/