Hey friends it’s me, Kirsten again :). Recently on the LDS.ORG website, there was a talk by President Henry B. Eyring where he talked about “The Choice to Be Grateful.” There’s never been a better time than to talk about being grateful for the blessings we have. On and off throughout my life, I have kept a gratitude journal (that I have recently started again). It’s a journal that stays by my bedside and each night or every couple nights, I write the date, then write 5-10 things in it that I am thankful for. It’s so much fun, and always amazes me when I look back at what I wrote in times past. In that journal you can find anything from, “I’m thankful for Jesus” to “I’m thankful that my Dad called me today and cheered me up.” Feeling entitled and ungrateful is a slippery slope for me, and it really helps me focus more on all the great things in my life rather than the hurts and heartache, because we all have them.
At the end of the article, John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat gave a “Gratitude Challenge”, which I totally love considering the fact that I am a memory hoarder and I often would like so much to put time in a bottle.
They said, “Let’s not just talk about counting our blessings—let’s do it! Write a list of 100 things you are thankful for.” They even broke it down into 10 different categories of 10. I couldn’t help but design it cute on a page because heaven forbid, I would print out a black and white sheet of questions…;). They also said this, “When we make a list like this, we discover that a list of 100 doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the things God has given us.”
WAYS TO USE THIS: For our family we printed one on each side of a white piece of card stock and stuck them in little sheet protectors in a small binder. We printed one set of questions for each child as well as for Dave and I. Each Family Home Evening night for the next little bit, we are going to write down one thing in each category. Last night when we did this, they said the cutest things like…..ME: “Bennett, what is your favorite modern invention (had to explain to the 5 year-old what that meant)?” Bennett: “Grandpa TuTu’s inventions.” My Grandpa that passed away before he was born had several patents and was an inventor you could say. I have told them many stories about Grandpa so this was darling to hear him say and write down to remember always. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say next week. I can’t wait to tuck these away when they are completed and I know we will have fun in the process.
DOWNLOAD First Page: HERE
DOWNLOAD Second Page: HERE
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