So Much to be Thankful For: 40 Days of Gratitude Week 1
Happy Monday, y'all! Last week, on the blog, I shared the 40 Days of Gratitude Project with you. For the next 40 days, I'm choosing to intentionally practice gratitude by journaling about one thing I'm grateful for each morning. If you missed that post you can check it out here. I promised you a weekly recap of my experience and what I'm learning, so here it is!
"Sometimes you can get so discouraged in life that you forget how much God has done for you."
The pastor said this during yesterday's sermon and it just about sums up how I feel about my first week of the 40 Days of Gratitude Project. When I first started the project, I thought it would be a great way to relieve the stress that comes along with comparing myself to others. As I mentioned in last week's post, that is something I've struggled with. I thought that being intentional about practicing gratitude each morning would be a great way to refocus and escape those feelings of comparison. While that has definitely happened, something much bigger has happened as well - I've realized just how much I have to be thankful for.
I don't know about you, but the daily challenges of life can make it all too easy for me to forget what God has done, and is doing, in my life. I sometimes get wrapped up in going to work each day, paying bills, keeping up with family and friends, and all of the other day to day responsibilities, that I fail to take time and really reflect on just how good God is. If I'm not careful, I can begin to focus so much on life's problems that I fail to see how Christ is actually helping me tackle each and every challenge that comes my way.
Over the past week, as I started my morning with thanks, I could tell that my focus was shifting. Instead of thinking about what I don't have or haven't accomplished, yet, I was reminded of just how far I have come. I was able to refocus on God's goodness toward me, especially over the past year. Graduating, studying for the Bar exam, and moving to a new city made 2016 a whirlwind of a year. Everything just seemed to happen so quickly, and I'm just now feeling like I have the time the time sit and take stock of it all. But, taking time each morning, to journal and reflect, has forced me to slow down. It's helped me recognize how blessed I truly am. It's helped me see that I have so much to be thankful for.
If you haven't already, it's not too late to join me in practicing gratitude each and every day. All it takes is simply taking a few moments, each day, to reflect on at least one thing that you're grateful for. You can pray, journal, thank God or do all 3! This is definitely making a difference in my own life, and if you're doing it, I hope it's having a positive impact for on yours.
Have a great week!