A lot of people journal. They take the time to write down the important things that are happening in their lives so that one day, they can go back and reflect on those words and memories. It's a great idea, and often, I have wanted to try to do that myself so my children would have a piece of me years down the road, when they are all grown and I'm gone. But.... I've never been disciplined enough to continue this practice. However, I have found something that does work for me.
In January of 2014, I was doing laundry. Very normal for me, lots of laundry happens in my home. While carrying clothes from the laundry room to my bedroom, my foot slipped, I heard a loud pop, and then gently laid myself down on the ground and proceeded to call for my children to bring me my phone because I knew a bone had broken. In fact, I would later find out that I had broken both bones in my lower right leg. They snapped right in two! I was rushed to the hospital, had surgery, stayed in the hospital for three days and then began a long road to recovery. I was on a walker for two months and not able to do my usual jobs and routines, so I needed a lot of help. Praise God He provided it! Between our church family, my Mama, close friends and the moms from my Upward cheer team that I coached, my family was fed, my laundry was done, and the house was kept clean. During this time, I was given one of the sweetest gifts. At the time, I was the Cubbie Leader for our Awana program at church. One afternoon, our Awana director dropped by our home and brought me a HUGE gift basket full of treats and goodies. All the teachers and children had contributed to the basket and put it together for me. It was the sweetiest thing! In that basket was a journal.
I began using this journal for my study and prayer notes, but quickly decided to use it for something different. It has become my "Thankful Journal". Every couple of days I write down the things I am thankful for. Some things are big, but most of them are small. This simple little journal has helped me to keep focus on what really matters in life: God and all the blessings He has given me. In the end, my children will still have something of me left: All the things that were dear to me.
So, this week as we celebrate the day of Thanksgiving, let's embark on a little "thankful journey". Each day, I want to publicly thank God for some of the things He has blessed me with, and I encourage you to do the same. Let us know in the comments below what you are thankful for. And if you don't keep a thankful journal already, I suggest you try it! To start our thankful sharing, I want to share the first entry I wrote in my journal. At the top of each page of my journal, I write: I'm thankful for...... then I proceed to jot down a few things and date it so that I can go back and see when and what God has done in our lives.
So, here's my first entry:
6/27/14 ( I began writing this while we were on a camping trip.)
* God's patience with me.
* Healthy children.
* Relaxing by the pool.
* A family to love.
* Safe trip home.
And here is my most recent entry:
* My hubby's job interviews.
* My kids being excited about Christmas and decorating.
* Our 3 month old's little feet - so cute!
Now it's your turn! What are you thankful for?
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.