Can you believe that next week we’ll hit November, already? These months seem to fly by even quicker now with our ‘livi-girl. I’ve been doing some thinking about Thanksgiving and find myself getting wrapped up in plans for thanksgiving day. It’s easy for me to get distracted in the to-do’s and miss out on the heart of giving thanks. I put together a little Gratitude and Giving challenge to help me refocus. I hope you’ll take up with me, darling!
Here’s how it works:
For the four weeks up until Thanksgiving, we’ll focus on a different weekly theme/topic to give thanks and give back.
The “gratitude focus” is an inward reflection. Pray about it throughout the week, write about it in your journal, etc. The “giving focus” is a chance to outwardly express that gratitude in a small way.
“A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.”
There’s a free printable file at the bottom of this post: I encourage you to take this week and print it off, put it on your fridge, and we’ll begin together next week Monday!
Week 1 (Oct 29-Nov 4) People
focus on the “who“: who we have in our lives and who has impacted us. Give thanks for the people around you: From the greeter at the grocery store, to the grandparent you don’t talk with enough, to your children, and your coworker. Mail a card to that person that “it’s been too long”.
Week 2 (Nov 5-11)The Everyday little’s
This is all about the small reasons why you can smile each day. Keep a little journal or remind yourself to pause and give thanks for the little everyday ordinary blessings like a steaming cup of tea, a breathtaking sunset, all green lights on the drive to work, sweet kisses, crunchy fall leaves, that good book you can’t put down, etc. Then, brighten your neighbors day- Bring baked goodies and say hello (or introduce yourself)!
Week 3 (Nov 12-18 )The Challenges
Focus on giving thanks when it’s hard. Ask God to show you ways to find joy in the midst of a hard season, small inconveniences, a broken relationship, or a tough situation. Sometimes I find myself most ungrateful and self focused not in the big, heavy, hard stuff, but in the small, unexpected, inconveniences. Think beyond your own life situation and give back to someone else in a hard season- donate clothes or toiletry items to a homeless shelter.
Week 4 (Nov 19-25) Gratitude focus: “Stuff”
Black Friday is approaching and Christmas Lists are shaping up. But as you think about everything you want, first stop to give thanks for what you have and see how your perspective shifts. In that same spirit, buy a a toy for a local toy drive and give back to a child in need. Consider a local Salvation Army Angel tree, Church toy drives, or Operation Christmas Child shoe box.
This Gratitude and Giving Challenge is simple enough to do with your kids! Do it as a family or with your bible study or small group from church, and see how God works in and through you.
Click to Download: Gratitude and Giving challenge
Thanks to Designs by Miss Mandi for the cute free fall banner!
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17