Last year I received a new jar from my friend, it was a Christmas gift. She filled a large jar with homemade cookies and she wrote this on the card:
“This is your gratitude jar for 2016. Empty it this year and in 2016 you have to fill it with thoughts of gratitude…big or small. So that by the end of 2016 you can reflect and appreciate the awesome year I know you will have!”
For the past two years I have filled a glass jar with little notes of the things or moments I am grateful for. And this year I was going to try to fill my gifted jar with gratitude but actually filled it with some home-baked cookies for the family. I had to find another jar very quickly, and I did, it’s a special one too and I started filling it with everything I am thankful for.
It’s a good feeling, because I tend to remember the negatives too but when I start to write down each special moment I realise just how blessed I am.
It’s also a great feeling when I’m feeling a little down to see so many happy good moments we had as a family.
This year was hard but when I started filling the glass jar I experienced the amazing power of gratitude. The feeling is small, at first, there was only one little piece of paper but then it then gets bigger as the jar gets fuller.
It’s a good way to start the holiday season and wrap up my year I have so much to be grateful for.
Thank you LORD for keeping us safe this year and for keeping me sane…thank you for everything….
In everything give thanks. 1 Thes 5:18