It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Sometimes as busy moms it can also be the most tiring time of the year. We’re busy, that’s true. But are we busy doing what really and truly matters? Ouch, that can be convicting. Believe me, I’m preaching to myself. Amidst the busyness and flurry of activities, do we remember to count our blessings?
I’m not talking about trite platitudes either. That doesn’t help. I know firsthand that the struggle is real. It’s hard to have a thankful heart when our to-do list never ends and we always feel like we’re behind. It just plays right into a spirit of grumbling and complaining that seems to come so much easier than a spirit of praise.
I discovered something recently in my own situation that changed my perspective a little. It’s nearly de rigueur as a mom to complain about the amount of laundry that needs to be done, right? It’s a never-ending battle for us. How do you tackle Mt. Washmore? Well, a few weeks ago our washing machine quit working. My husband thought he could fix it easily with a new belt. The washer is 17+ years old, mind you. It turned out to be a bigger project than anticipated. At the moment, we still don’t have a working washer. Suddenly all of that laundry I’d been dreading and complaining about having to do couldn’t get done at all. It made me instantly thankful for the time when I actually had a washer — which led me to ponder the state of my heart in regard to gratitude in general.
It’s been a rough year full of health problems and financial setbacks. It has felt like many days were an uphill battle. Still, there are many more reasons to be thankful.
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. ~ Philippians 4:8
As moms, we set the tone in our homes. We are the examples for our children, which means we need to take the lead in growing a heart of gratitude. Our thoughts are to be fixed on blessings, not struggles.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
~ Philippians 4:12-13
These are the times that try our souls. With all the bad news in the world — all the negativity — it’s hard to focus on the good.
That’s why I’ve put together a devotional and companion journal to encourage others who feel the same way. For those who want to look for the good and cultivate thankfulness in their lives, in spite of circumstances.
Overwhelmed by burdens and negativity?
Spend just a few minutes each day focused on gratitude and it can change your life for the better.
Practicing gratitude changes your perspective on life.
In this ebook, you will find 30 daily devotions to help you focus on the positive and apply it in your life.
Each day’s reading will take only a few minutes of your time, but will help focus your heart on gratitude. With a scripture reference and prayer to accompany each devotional, you can seek truth in God’s word every day.
Through difficulties and good times, hard days and ordinary days, we can find a reason to be thankful.
In this guided journal, you will learn how to practice gratitude and how you can benefit from this practice every day.
In order to change your perspective, you need to make practicing gratitude a habit. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to keep a journal of the things you are grateful for.
Whether you choose to journal in the morning, or at night, or both, is up to you. Pick a quiet time and spend a few minutes thinking about, documenting, and appreciating the positive things in your life.
What You Will Receive:
- Instant access to the pdf downloadable file, which you can read on any device with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
- 30 daily devotions with Bible verses and prayers
- 106 lined pages with journaling prompts, inspiring quotes, and space for your own thoughts of thankfulness
What Others are Saying
“This devotional and journal are just what I needed right now. The holiday season is so busy and I tend to get frazzled. This bundle has encouraged me to take some quiet time every day to count my blessings and focus on my heart, rather than the stress. Thank you!” ~ Lynn, homeschool mom of 6
“I love the encouragement here! It’s nice to be able to print out as many journal pages as I need and the writing prompts have inspired me, too. This is an ideal resource for this time of year.” ~ Laura, mom of 3
Purchase A Heart of Gratitude Devotional and Everyday Gratitude Journal and get instant access so you can start today!
If you are ready to make thankfulness a part of your purposeful living every day, you can start right now by making a purchase here in the store!
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