I knew I wanted to write a post about having a thankful/grateful spirit this week. But, listing 100 things I am thankful for really has made me stop and appreciate so much around me lately.
As I started creating my own list, my perspective on my every-day life started to change a little. I have SO many things that I am thankful for, many of which I was taking for granted. I know your life and mine are likely different, but this is an exercise I think you’re going to love as much as I did!
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget how fortunate we really are. The holiday season approaching can be a time filled with stress and anxiety, whether we like it or not.
Making a list of blessings in our life is a great way to help us redirect our focus onto all of the wonderful people/things around us verses ourselves. With a slight shift in perspective, I’m hoping we can all take more time to ‘smell the roses’ and start appreciating what we have.
THANKFUL EXERCISE: Make a list of 100 people or things you are thankful for.
In no particular order, I’ll share my list of 100 things I’m thankful for.
This was a really fun exercise and I highly suggest you take a few minutes to do it yourself. It completely shifted my mood and allowed my heart to be more understanding of those around me.
Get out your favorite pen and some paper and get started.
Don’t overthink this! Look around you and start listing EVERYTHING and EVERYONE you are thankful for.
I have a feeling it will do your heart some good. It did mine!
What I’m thankful for:
- Running Water
- Heating and Cooling systems in my home
- Food to eat for EVERY meal
- Car to drive
- Washer and Dryer
- Clothes to wear
- Pets (specifically my dog, Bentley).
- Good health
- Money in the bank
- Comfortable bed
- Books to read
- Ability to read
- Family that loves me
- Schools for my children
- Neighbors that care for us
- Activities my children enjoy
- My job and my spouse’s job
- The Bible
- Dentist visits
- A husband that loves me
- Comfortable chairs
- Parents with good morals and values
- Vacation days
- Intact senses (vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell)
- Ability to problem solve
- Daily planner
- Utensils to eat with
- Breeze on a hot day
- Calendars (they bring me a strange amount of joy!)
- Convicted spirit
- Good conversations
- Ice cream
- Kindness shown to me
- Lists to keep me focused
- Wedding ring
- Chapstick/lip gloss/ Blistex
- Sense of humor
- Salt and pepper
- Label maker
- Coworkers that are knowledgeable, hardworking, and caring
- My brother and sister
- Fuzzy PJ pants
- My children
- Aunts and uncles
- Smiles given to me
- Ability to speak my thoughts, opinions, wants and needs
- Learning from mistakes
- Lawn mower
- A camera
It’s funny – It was challenging to get started, but once I got rolling, I could have kept going forever.
You guys, there is SO much for us to be thankful for. Let’s take the time to open our eyes to the world around us and love others more.
I don’t know about you, but this is kind of hard for me. With our crazy world it’s easy to get caught up in being annoyed by our fellow man.
BUT, God calls us to love one another. Take a look at a few Bible verses that discuss love as well as thankfulness that really speak to my heart.
10 Bible Verses to help get your heart in a thankful state:
1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
1 Corinthians 16:14 – Do everything in love.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
AND, I’ve got to keep going with the Philippians scripture, because it’s just too good!
Philippians 4:8-9 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Timothy 4:4-5 – For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Romans 12: 9-13 – Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love, Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
1 John 4:7-9 – Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Today’s post has certainly softened my heart a little and I hope it has yours as well.
Try this thankful exercise! You’ll be glad you did!
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