As a stay-at-home mom, I have many opportunities throughout each day to consider–to witness–what I am thankful for.
Being thankful keeps us grounded. If we take for granted all that we are given in this life, we are always left wanting more–bigger and better. If we take our lives at face value and recognize the things we are thankful for, our hearts are full.
For Our Children.
It is important that our children learn what having a thankful heart is like. The children who do not learn this early on become entitled. Always wanting, never content. Searching for something to fill their lives. Always expecting more out of life.
Being thankful for your current circumstances gives joy and peace.
A couple years ago, my friend extended this challenge to me:
For the month of November, publicly proclaim what you are thankful for each day.
For me, this is how I announced our pregnancy to the “Facebook world” in 2011. “I am thankful for this little life growing inside of me.” Some days it was more challenging. I woke up with an ungrateful heart, complaining and unmotivated. Doing this challenge each day,
helped forced me to be grateful. Some days it was as simple as, “I am thankful for my home that keeps me sheltered from the cold.”
Readers, will you join me this year, November 1-30? Let’s flood Facebook and Twitter with thankful hearts! It would be fun for all of us to use the same hashtag so we can click it each day and see all that Des Moines moms are thankful for. Let’s use “#thankfulDMmamas“!
I love it Rachel. I saw an idea on pinterest to make leaves hang them in your living room on a rope and write on one each day as a family for November. This year I going to do this! I want to hang in our dinning room and do it at supper every evening! I started a gratitude journal and it really stretches you to look for the little things like “wrinkled toes after a bath”. Thanks for the push to make this happen this year.
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