Since it’s the beginning of November, the month of Thanksgiving in the US, I thought this week’s challenge could be all about remembering your blessings.
What are your many blessings?
There are hundreds of ways to do this challenge. Make a gratitude journal and record the things you are grateful for each day. Similar to that is that you can write in your regular journal each day and record seeing the hand of God in your life (Bonus Challenge #1). Take on the gratitude challenge (Bonus Challenge #3). Make a tree and add leaves of blessings throughout the month, or do it with a turkey and feathers. Have your family write their blessings on a poster board or large piece of paper (see here). Write your blessings on slips of paper, put them in a box and read them as a family on Thanksgiving. Make a scrapbook layout showcasing your top blessings. Post one of your blessings each day on your blog or Facebook/Twitter. And there are tons more of ideas floating all around cyber-space right now!
A number of years ago, for Family Home Evening, my husband and I set a timer for 5 minutes and wrote the whole time all the blessings we could think of. At first we wrote things down quickly, like family, a home, the Gospel, etc. Then we both started to slow down. We really had to start thinking about the little blessings in life that we don’t normally think about.
When the timer went off, we shared our lists with each other (our oldest was only a baby at the time so he didn’t have much to add). We complied the list into 100 things that we were grateful for and named it “Our Top 100 Blessings”. Yes, there are some things that I was more grateful for than my husband and vice-versa, but it’s fun to see other’s favorite blessings on there too!
This is a closer look—I had to patch it together so it looks like it’s 3 papers, but it’s really just one. You just couldn’t read it unless I did this. Also, you can see the wear and tear on it, but that’s what makes it special!
Last year around this time we had our then 5 and 4 year olds help us make a new list. (We had to add in things like toys.) It’s always a good reminder for our family to see it—it helps us remember what really is important in life and that we truly are very blessed!
Now I challenge you to record your blessings!