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Since I started bullet journaling, I’ve kept a gratitude log. Every day I write down one thing that makes me feel thankful. Writing down a blessing helps me to keep a proper perspective in my life. Everyone has challenges, but everyone has blessings too.

Most of the things that I wrote down this month were small. I’m thankful for getting groceries before it snowed. I enjoy my Keurig. I love free Kindle books. Others were more major: we were safe in the ice storm, my son has started taking naps more consistently, and I got to host some college friends for a weekend.

Writing down blessings is good, but actually praying and thanking God for them is even better. I’ve been working on trying to be more consistent with prayer. Every good thing we have is from God. It’s so easy to lose sight of that!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Faith of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning – James 1:17

Everything we have is from God. Every breath, every step, every heart beat is evidence of His grace. Do we live like we know that? I know that personally, I fail often. When I do take time to realize this though, I find myself more content. Do I have challenges? Yes. But I also have a loving husband, a sweet son, and a home.

I’ve found that ultimately, gratitude is a habit and a choice. The routine of writing one thing per day helps me to see that even on bad days, I can find something that went well. Even if that something is minor, I should still be thankful. To quote Mrs. Campbell, let us focus on “Goodness, Beauty, and Truth.”

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

 

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6 Comments on How to Practice Gratitude

  1. Laura, could not agree more that gratitude IS a habit, and one I’ve been trying to practice more Now when something good happens I try to thank God right away because if I don’t, I often miss that the blessing came from Him.

  2. I love this practice! I don’t have a bullet journal, but I do implement some of the ideas into my planner. My planner came with sections at the end of each week for giving thanks/gratitude and I have really enjoyed that. It makes me look for the little blessings that God gives every day.
    Prayer is also something that I am working on too. 🙂

  3. I’m working at being more consistent with prayer, too. I find that I pray a lot through the day, at random times. But my goal is to become more consistent in a focused prayer time each day. Thanks for the encouragement to keep it a priority!

  4. This is such a neat idea! I’ve heard of gratitude journals before, but I always scoffed at the idea of having it separated out. I guess that’s not a problem with bullet journals. 🙂

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