Being Thankful Every Day

This year, a friend and I have been doing a challenge together. We both had been struggling with being thankful/grateful last year, so we decided to send each other a list each evening of what we were thankful for that day. We started simple – one a day in January – and then built up, adding one extra thing to the list each month. Now we’re in November and listing 11 things a day. I’ve been surprised by how much easier it is to find things to be thankful for when I’m looking for them.

This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. I know that we often say that Thanksgiving Day shouldn’t be the only day that we give thanks, but do we ever actually remedy that? I meant to every year, but I never took action on that resolution until this year, and it’s been a blessing.

It probably won’t come as a surprise when I say that I’ve been most thankful for the little things. (That seems to be my “theme” this year, doesn’t it? Choosing to be thankful for the little, everyday things?) I’ve been finding that there are so many blessings and memories to be had in the seemingly unimportant things that happen every day.

That’s probably what I’ll say during Thanksgiving this year: I’m thankful for the little things. Each year at Thanksgiving after our family has stuffed ourselves with food, 😉 we sit around the table and each share something that we’re especially thankful for that year. Usually there are tears and laughter, and it’s just a special time that we have set aside as a family.

This is another short post without much depth, but I want to encourage you to choose to give thanks to God every day. You don’t have to do what my friend and I do, with a longer list each month. Maybe just list two or three things every day that you’re thankful for. If you have trouble remembering to do so, find a friend to keep you accountable and send the list to her each day. And I’m always available for that! 😉

This past week I’ve been especially thankful for the sunrises and sunsets on the way to and from my babysitting job, and for the pretty scenery I have during that drive. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving week? Please share in the comments below!

Reader Comments

  1. Katja L.

    Cool idea! My bestie & I have been sharing 3 thins we’re grateful for almost every day. 🙌🏼 My thanksgiving was back in October, but we can always be thankful, so… I’m grateful for NaNoWriMo (wrote over 46k so far), for finally getting my real driver’s license, & for the wonderful bestie I have 🙂

  2. Emilie

    I absolutely love the idea of the Thankfulness Challenge you and your friend have started, Rachel!
    I hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving with all of your family that can attend!
    As you have pointed out, we are Thankful to the Lord year round, but to put it to a list I shall say…
    I am Thankful for my family, every day and moment with them is precious. I am Thankful for this beautiful, and bountiful Country, the United States of America, we live in.
    I am thankful for the home we have in heaven, and that anything we go through here in this life cannot compare to the glory and majesty of God and one day we can see and worship Him in joy and utter peace.
    I’m thankful for tastes of joy, in good food, fellowship with friends, fun with pets, nature’s beauty, the ability and opportunity to read many books, and being healthy.
    Whew! That got longer than I intended. Hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day, Rachel! Great post as always.
    Love, Emilie

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