Gratefulness in the Home

Gratefulness isn’t something that comes naturally to us. Because of our innate selfishness, we tend to complain and grumble more than we should. In our household, gratefulness is something that we all want to cultivate in our lives. But it does take constant practice and reminder.

Here is what we do in our household to cultivate a culture of thankfulness:

Remind each other. When we hear each other complaining or grumbling, we immediately remind each other that the will of God for us is to be thankful. We also put up signs in the house to remind each one to be thankful in all circumstances. We read the Word of God together and encourage one another to be grateful.

img_8407This is the hand-lettering painting Kyla did on our kitchen wall near the stairs to remind everyone to be grateful in all circumstances.

Do activities that will intentionally align our hearts to be grateful. We challenged each other to write something we are grateful for everyday in our journals for 21 days. There were days that the children didn’t know what to write – but it was a good exercise to realize that there is ALWAYS something we can be thankful for each day.  We also did the Blessings Jar where we write the blessings we received and put them in a jar and read them every Christmas day.

img_9559This is a sample page from Toby’s gratefulness list.

Read stories that inspire gratefulness. From the Bible to fictional books, we try to find people who chose to be grateful whatever their circumstances where. We read their stories and try our best to be thankful in our own lives.

Some stories that we have read are Pollyanna and Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

We need to be intentional in practicing gratefulness in our lives, for this is the will of God for us.

Thankful Hearts

Very recently, we were blessed by my sister to have stayed at Oakwood Premier in Ortigas. We were very impressed with the interiors of the room that we stayed in. It was very spacious and the furnishings were really nice. It felt like the place was really a home. The cabinets were well built. The sofa was so soft and the bed was so relaxing. My kids were so excited to try out their bathtub and use the TV at the same time. I guess it is something that they don’t get to do everyday!

There were no hot tub covers so they just plunged in! I think they stayed over an hour in that hot tub that day!  They truly had a great time!  Even I enjoyed our brief stay there.

In moments like these, it is easy to take the blessings of God for granted. I am grateful that the Bible reminds us constantly to be thankful to God for all that He is and for all that He has done for us. Together with my kids, I make sure that before each day ends, as we pray together, we will thank the Lord for at least one thing. And true enough, there has never been a day that we ran out of things to say!

Developing a thankful heart starts by being thankful and contented with life’s simple blessings. Do you have any other tips on how to develop thankful hearts?