Jack was 3 and Abigail was 1. Jack had been home with me full-time since birth and as much as I loved being with him all the time, I wanted to help broaden his social skills and respect for mentors. I found a great local preschool program that had a small class size and just a few hours a week with a highly recommended teacher, Miss. Dahar. Meeting her, I knew right away that Jack was going to learn so much from her teaching style and engaging personality.
Of course, not realizing at the time how influential Miss. Dahar would be to me too.
The very first verse that Jack brought home to memorize was 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As I type the verse out, I can see Jack’s little 3-year-old mouth moving while he broadly enunciates each syllable.
This verse has stuck with me. Through 6 years of being a single mom. Through heartache, brokenness and loss. To give thanks. To be in thanksgiving. To be mindfully aware of what we CAN be thankful for, even if and even when, everything close seems to fall apart.
As we approach thanksgiving, the mantra of “be thankful” is everywhere. So, right now it just seems like a great idea to have a little thankful list.
I hope you’ll print out a few copies, pass them out or stack them next to your bed and use them… even after the thanksgiving holiday has long since passed.
Give thanks. Even for the small, mundane and ordinary.
I print all of my printables using 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock like this (only $14 for 300 sheets!) which lasts me quite awhile!
Stop by my INSTAGRAM and tell me what you’re thankful for.