October: Thankfulness Challenge

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So this will be our last monthly challenge this year!

 

Alexandra Kuykendall’s book “Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing the What’s Right In Front of Me” was very inspirational.  This particular challenge wasn’t in her book, but with Thanksgiving coming up (in October for Canadians and November for Americans), I thought it would be a good way to end our overall challenge of learning to love our actual lives.

 

Every day, whether we realize it or not, our Creator is giving us amazing gifts.  Often we become oblivious to them and take them for granted.  But imagine if a friend of yours sent you gifts through the mail every day.  You might get used to them, but wow, shouldn’t you be thankful?  Shouldn’t you express your thanks?  I think that’s how it is with God.

 

Not only that, but I believe (from experience) that being consistently thankful will increase your joy and love of your life in a big way.

 

Although I try to be thankful, I think I’ve gotten out of a habit I used to have (inspired by a book) to be almost constantly thankful–and I’d love to have that joy and contentment again.

Giving thanks might seem too simple to make a difference, but this discipline really can bring heaven to earth in so many ways as it helps us notice the little pieces of heaven on earth that God already gives us and it fills us with a joy that can last no matter what happens.

I’m glad you’ve joined me.

 

Ideas for Your Thankfulness Challenge Goals:

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Again, I’m looking forward to this month and am expecting wonderful things.

I pray the same for you!

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One thought on “October: Thankfulness Challenge

  1. Okay, so I had a hard time choosing (and I will probably do more) but I think my main goals for October will be:
    1. At least once, taking a day to record in a “thankfulness journal” the many gifts around me–whether physical, spiritual, emotional, relational, etc. I’ll set a timer on my phone for every hour or so and take the time to really NOTICE the gifts. I think this will make a big difference.
    2. I think I’ll take time to praise God for His future gifts. He is such a good Father, but sometimes we get an attitude of not wanting to expect much. I’d like to take time to praise Him for how He is going to bless me (even if I don’t know the exact ways)–building hope and trust in His providence and love.
    3. I want to do some kind of Thanksgiving Celebration together with others, where we remember the good of the past year. Perhaps we can do a Thankfulness tree poster that we add to little by little, or something similar. I want to think about this a bit more.

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