Practicing Thankfulness

My Mom started a Thanksgiving tradition with us when we were kids that I loved so much! Starting November 1st we would make a tree with bare branches out of construction paper and we would tape it to the sliding glass door. Every day we would have to write one thing we were thankful for on colorful leaves. By Thanksgiving Day our tree would be full of beautiful, fall colored leaves and the things we were thankful for displayed for our family to see! It was always so pretty to look at while eating our meal, and I loved reading the reminders of the blessings we had experienced as a family.

Now it’s my turn to carry on the tradition, and I am so excited to share these moments with my kids! They don’t fully understand the concept yet.. but they will get it eventually. 🙂 Once the kids are tucked in bed for the night I stand in front of our Thanksgiving tree with my arms crossed reading some of the things my kids are thankful for:

Daddy.

Chewie.

Iron Man.

No tornadoes.

I think I made the list..

Our rental house.

Animals.

Sunday School.

The things that they are thankful for crack me up! But this is what they are thankful for, and it makes me happy. They are practicing being thankful for anything and everything — and I hope they carry on that mindset when they are adults faced with bigger problems.

I’m thankful for this tradition! I’m thankful Mom took time to do this with us kids everyday. Some days it wasn’t easy coming up with new things to be thankful for! It’s easy in the beginning to write things like God, your family, your friends, and so on.. but after that first week what else do you write about? It got a little tough at times! Mom’s tradition forced us to think outside the box and find even the little things to be thankful for, and I would try to carry on that thankfulness attitude all year long and not just save it for the month of November.

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Some days it’s hard to be thankful when you’re hurting or stressed out about certain situations. I have robbed myself of some blessings by dwelling on things or people instead of focusing on what God has done for me and my family. God has blessed us in so many ways — more than I even realize.

Have you practiced thankfulness lately? It’s not too late to start. 🙂

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