Gratitude: 3 Ways You Can Do It Better (And a giveaway too!)

Friends, oh how I’ve missed you all this week!  There is so much I want to share and encourage you with over the next several weeks that I can barely decide where to begin. Let me start by saying I am beyond excited to share with you about gratitude today.  In the midst of the busyness, the crazy schedules, sick children, and unexpected interruptions I want to challenge  and encourage you to not only embrace but also act upon a spirit of gratitude.

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What do you have to be grateful for?

Momma, what if you started each day with the knowledge that what stood before you was not dependent upon you?  What if you jumped out of bed each morning filled with the knowledge that you were already victorious?

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 15:57

Friend, if you are a Christ follower then you know with certainty you can rest in the knowledge that our King has gone before us and made a way.  There is nothing before us immune to the power of His Kingdom.  When with confidence we allow this truth to sink into not just our heads but also our hearts we are able to live differently.  We are able to live freer, we are able to live with a heart more focused on gratitude than a series of “what if’s . . .”

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because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.

1 John 5:4

Momma, if you don’t know Jesus or what He did on the cross for you and for me then hear my heart when I say Jesus and I are waiting for you and I would love to share more about His sacrifice.

What Does Gratitude Look Like?

I think most of us understand what it means to be or feel grateful for something or someone.  We associate gratitude with thankfulness or thank you notes and it is often characterized as a “feel good” feeling.

 But what if we expressed our gratitude in a more concrete way?  What if we allowed our gratitude to do something other than make us feel good?  I am challenged by this notion of not just feeling grateful this Thanksgiving and Christmas season but to take those feelings and use them in a way that builds momentum and leads to the blessing and encouraging of others.  What if this Christmas Season we didn’t keep all the “feel good” feelings to ourselves and shared them with others?  I believe that we can have a lasting impact on our culture and our world if we choose to not just feel grateful but to live and pour into others out of a spirit of gratitude.

Here are three ways I plan to do so:

Give Abundantly

Whether your abundance comes in the form of currency, skills or time (and anything in between) I firmly believe that we all have an abundance of some thing – if not a few things. The challenge in being abundantly generous is that generosity requires we take an honest assessment of what we need and what we want and putting aside our wants for the sake of other’s needs.

Encourage Others

Words of encouragement is one of my love languages and I know the power and impact of a well-timed text, prayer or note.  Sisters, let’s not be stingy with our words when it comes to building up one another.  Take the time to write a note, have the courage to offer to pray – be responsive to whatever the Holy Spirit is putting on your heart.

In the last two weeks I have had a sister I’ve never met personally pray over me multiple times using the Voxer app.  Each time her words were like honey – they were a balm to my soul.  Hers was a much-needed voice and prayer of encouragement over this tired and momma.  I remember the first time she sent me such a message I was sitting in a Michael’s parking lot and just cried because I needed someone to hear and see me and she did from afar.

Our words have the ability to help carry a friend across those last difficult steps, miles, treatments, trials and challenges.  Let’s rise to the challenge.

Rest

Momma, if we believe that the victory has already been won, then one of the ways we can exemplify a spirit of gratitude is by trusting that God is who says He is, and that He will do what He says He will do.  I think that as Moms one of the hardest things for us to do is to simply rest.  We tend to convince ourselves that we must to ALL the things rather than trusting that God can.  And so “Yes”, one of the ways you can display a spirit of gratitude is by simply resting.

I know that many of you will struggle with this concept, especially through the holidays and so to remind you of it I asked my friend Lindsey Feldpausch to create this lovely wallpaper for your phone.  It is yours free to download.

Giveaway

But that’s not all friend, I have one other treat to share with all of you!  Recently I shared that I received a copy of a new devotional to review.  ADORED 365 is devotional book for young women and I am happy to be sharing it here with you today.

As a mother to two young girls and three older step daughters I am passionate about pouring God’s truth about who and whose they are into their hearts and minds.  Each day of ADORED 365 features a short, easy to read devotion addressing a wide range of topics.  The content includes more difficult issues like dating, bullying and social media.  Each page of the book features a scripture, a short devotion and a few lines for any notes or thoughts. I like that the pages are not dated and that they are bordered with the same beautiful design featured on the cover. Gratitude  The author, Lindsay A. Franklin, has done an excellent job creating a box that is not only pleasing to the eye but also nurturing to the hearts and minds of young women.  I will be giving two copies of ADORED 365 away this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST and will announce the winners on Instagram.  If you want to be entered into the giveaway you need only share this post on social media and comment on this blog post where you shared it.

8 thoughts on “Gratitude: 3 Ways You Can Do It Better (And a giveaway too!)

  1. Julia, this was such a pleasure to read! Thank you for the mention and thank you for teaching us moms all the wonderful things! I so much enjoy your positive attitude and commitment to betterment. 🙂

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