How to make your own Grateful Gatherings.
Thanksgiving is upon us. Are you getting ready? Are you Grateful yet?
One thing I want to accomplish this month is to create a Grateful atmosphere. Confession; I sometimes struggle with slowing down enough to cultivate a Grateful atmosphere. I’m sure you can relate, especially the planners out there. We are already thinking of Christmas. Don’t deny it. If you are not, then you are definitely thinking of Thanksgiving Day. Thinking about what to cook, how many will be eating, where is the best place to buy a turkey and on and on.
Im not sure how you are but I always tell myself that when I’m done with whatever is going on I will rest/relax/recharge. Truth is, rest never comes for this type of mentality. I focus on one event then move to the next one. Before I know it an entire year has past. Rest only comes when we choose it. Growing deeper in the Word also only comes by choosing it. This season is busy, that’s true, but there is time for you to take a break to cultivate a grateful heart. You simply have to make it happen.
This year my family is doing a daily Grateful Gathering to help us focus on what’s most important. I challenge you to create a Grateful Gathering for your family. You will only need 15 minutes a day. That’s it, 15 minutes. That’s easy enough. Trust me on this one, your Grateful Gathering will make you feel accomplished, recharged and connected to your family.
For your Grateful Gathering you will need a Bible, some pens, paper, and 15 minutes.
Your 15 minutes should go like this.
- Read some thankful scripture. There is a bunch in the Bible. You can skip around everyday or if you have littles you can read the same scripture daily. We are reading Psalms 100. We are memorizing the verse below so we repeat it a couple times. You can customize this for your needs. If you have teenagers, I would suggest more substantial reading. Either way, read from the Bible about being grateful. Psalms 4b-5a Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good;
- Make Grateful Lists. Have everyone keep a list of they are grateful for. Again for us since we have littles we have one list that the adults write on. For teens/tweens, hang the individual lists in the house. Preferably in a common area so they can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. This way everyone can be reminded what your family is focusing on this season.
- Talk about your lists. It’s amazing to hear what the kiddos are thinking. The first item on our grateful list for A was God. Aww. My heart melted just a bit. I know your family will enjoy this connection, too.
- Grateful Goings. Have everyone write down something nice they did for others. If they can’t think of anything the did that day, have them come up with an idea of what could be done. This could be fun!
- Pray. Pray over your family, pray for your family, pray your Grateful scripture and pray thanks for the items on the lists. Have everyone lay this lists out during prayer time. If you need to look at them, do it. It’s alright. Make sure to say thanks for each new item on everyone’s lists. Be intentional about hearing your children, encouraging them and praying with them.
You can add in much more than the plan above. This is a great start to a Grateful Gathering. I like to start simple and build from there. Why don’t you do the same. Get everyone on board and try a week like this. Who knows what God will lead your family to do? Intentional time with God always yields grate, I mean, great results.
Let me know how your Grateful Gatherings are going.
Life is a grand total of our choices. What do you choose today?
Progress through purpose, change through choice!!