The Power of Expressing Gratitude Daily

You may have heard the following quotation:

“What if you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?”

A friend recently shared that her answer to that would be, “I’d be naked and afraid.”

Her response really hit home.

Sure, I’ve heard that quotation many times. My friend Sarah has it at the bottom of her emails. I bought a mug that has that quotation on it.

But looking back at even recent days, I realize that I too would be naked and afraid.

What about you? Would you be naked and afraid? What would you have? Would you have your home? Your clothing? What about your spouse and kids?

Yikes, right?

This conversation reminded me that I need to be more intentional about expressing gratitude every day.

Chuck Mingo, one of the campus pastors at Crossroads Church, shared that he journals every morning and in that time, he writes 10 things he is thankful for from the past 24 hours. I was intrigued so I gave it a shot.

WOW.

At first I found it difficult to think of 10 things just from the past 24 hours. But then I began reflecting on the details and the small, precious moments of each day. I realized that I have a lot to be thankful for, yet I don’t always express it.

This practice of writing down 10 things every morning that you’re thankful for from the past 24 hours can be incredibly powerful. It’s a great way to take the focus off of our troubles and move that focus onto the Lord and His goodness.

Give it a shot. Then come back and comment on this post with how this practice has affected you.

Just to be fair, I’ll do one right here.

Sunday, March 26 at 5:00 p.m.
Thank you, God, for
1. My husband and his devotion to our family
2. Gorgeous weather
3. Family walks
4. My two beautiful children
5. My niece and nephew who love playing with my daughter and she loves playing with them
6. Kids that are awesome sleepers
7. An amazing church and church family
8. Brianna’s beautiful voice and her heart for worship (she’s one of the vocalists in our church’s band)
9. A great coaching call that was as much as a blessing to me as it (hopefully) was to the client
10. The opportunity to touch lives and encourage mamas with my writing

Alright, your turn! Have a great (and grateful) week!

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