Two Unexpected Gifts from Gratitude

When I bought my GRATITUDE JOURNAL  a couple of years ago, I wondered if I’d ever fill it up. Would keeping a journal like this really make a difference?

 

 A few of my entries…

 

# 416. Thomas doesn’t have CELIAC. (My son Thomas and his girlfriend Brittany below.)

 

 

# 585. Katie’s perseverance. (My daughter Katie doesn’t give up.)

 

 

# 787. The way You blend the colors of the sky.

 

 

# 95. Laughing with Jamie. (My daughter Jamie isn’t afraid of anything or anyone!)

 

 

# 136. The sunrise–oh, the sunrise!

 

 

# 400. Laughing with B.J. last night.

 

# 211. Talking to Lynne and Kellie.

 

 

# 345. I’m not afraid! You’re with me wherever I go.

 

 

#1545. Lisa and me … praying for each other.

 

 

#667. Going to Lisa’s cabin today! (Friends Leigh Anne, Dayna, and another Lisa.)

 

 

# 1544. Robin. She understands.

 

# 503. Sweet talks with my sissy (Jennifer) and Mother.

 

 

# 580. DiAnn’s honesty. (She’s just as kind as she is honest.)

 

 

# 1165. Roses from Mother’s yard.

 

 

# 1190. The tiny sound of  Kitty Thelma drinking water.

 

 

# 1466. Still being in love after all these years. (35 in December!)

 

 

# 1331. My blog readers and their precious responses. This means you! Each one of you! I’ve written about you so many times, I started my second journal. 🙂

 

Writing down things I’m grateful for like Ann Voskamp does in ONE THOUSAND GIFTS changed my life in two unexpected ways: 

1. Re-reading my thoughts brought a second wave of gratitude even bigger than the first.

2. Whatever I choose to focus on–good or bad–seems to grow.

If you have a gratitude journal, share some of your entries. I’d love to hear about them.

My friend’s sites:

Robin’s ALL THINGS HEART AND HOME

KELLIE COATES GILBERT

LYNNE GENTRY

DIANN MILLS

LISA BUFFALOE

B.J. TAYLOR

Love,

Julie