Have you ever made a gratitude list? I have an ongoing gratitude list in the back of one of my journals. I was inspired to start this list after reading the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. Over time I’ve added to my list which is now hundreds of things that I am thankful for. I am not trying to reach a specific number but rather to be present and mindful of the little God-given miracles, joys, moments, amazements and life I have been graciously given. I’m reading through my list today as I am planning our Thanksgiving meal.
- Mommy’s footsteps are a reminder she is still here with me
- My beautiful mess
- The simple gospel
- The colors of humanity
- The struggle to not hate brings me closer to God
- Dancing with Mario
- A child’s laughter at play
- Rosanne’s victory dance!
- Warm oatmeal cookies
These are just a few examples from my gratitude list!
Psalm 136 is 26 verses that declare the unending love of God for which we should give thanks because “His faithful love endures forever!” The psalm proclaims God’s goodness, greatness, creative power, and deliverance from our enemies. It is a great psalm to read and meditate on during this Thanksgiving season.
Psychologists have found gratitude can lead to better relationships. They explain there is an increase in production of oxytocin, sometimes called the “bonding hormone”. It is the hormone that is released after childbirth that causes that indescribable feeling of love for your baby. Gratitude helps people feel more positive and enjoy life experiences. It also improves our ability to face difficulties and it is good for our health! Gratitude is an attitude expressed in thanksgiving allowing us to become the best version of ourselves!
I hope you will take time this holiday season to pause from the pace, breathe deeply and with gratitude thank God for the moments in front of you everyday.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.”
From my heart to yours.