For the last few years, I have made a jar of blessings. This jar is very special to me, because it helps me recognize my blessings.
Not just any blessings, the blessings of that day.
Good times and bad, I date them and put them in my jar. Through out the year, I can go back and reflect on these thoughts and then remember how good my life is and how blessed I am. As I have always said, positive or negative, blessings over burdens.
I also use this to reflect on how many times God has come through for me, when I have a hard time trying to figure things out. Trust in him!
- a jar or box – I recommend you decorate the jar or box how you want it; something that will always catch your attention and remind you of your blessings
- pen and paper – use your favorite color pens, but black or blue work just as well, post-its work but I have a small pad I use to add my messages, something easy to tear away
- a positive outlook to recognize your blessings and more blessings
What I do is on the top of each paper, I will put the date and then write down the blessing for that day. I don’t do this everyday, but when something really stands out to me, believe me, I’m jotting it down.
For instance, my son and I go on vacation every June. When I get back, I always write a blessing and a thank you to God for allowing my son and me to travel and return safely.
I add the date, so that I keep in mind that on that date this great blessing happened. I will continue this because sometimes I do fall short, and I need a reminder of how great my life is, and what a blessing it is to be alive.
My first thank you to God looks like this:
- Date: January 2, 2018
- Traveling grace to and from Georgia for the New Year
- allowing me to see 2018
- family and friends
I sign all blessing with an “AMEN” and “THANK YOU”
Give it a try, if you don’t want to do the entire year, try it for 3 months. See how many blessings you recognize for yourself and family. At the end of the three months, read your blessings and see how much God has blessed you and you also recognize how much you have to be thankful for.