Thursday, November 21, 2013

thankful chain

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
There are so many great ideas out there regarding ways to intentionally count your blessings for Thanksgiving. Ann Voskamp offers a free printable for her "giving tree." Charlene Haugsven offers an idea on a simple preschool thumbprint tree idea. I deviated a bit from the tree idea, but went with a thankful chain of sorts.

I decided to incorporate it into my mantle. I switch around my mantle at least once a month. I rarely buy new things, just simply use things I have on hand in different ways and displays. I joke that it's the safest thing to redecorate and move around. If I had my way, I'd rearrange the rooms in my house at least a handful of times per year but my husband is not so quick to agree (thank you for being so patient with my spontaneous reorganizing-ness [-mess!], babe!). 

So, every couple of days or so, the whole family is writing down something/someone they are thankful for. My daughter and son will draw pictures of things, as an alternative to writing. We've even had a guest come over and add a tag to our chain.

I'd like to cultivate this spirit of thanksgiving in my home year-round. It's when we are focused not on self, but looking outside of ourselves, that we can be content with our lives. Ann Voskamp says, " change comes when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change."

How do you incorporate thankfulness as a part of your family's daily life?

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