As November 2017 takes it’s place on the shelves of good memories, I’m thankful for friends and family who’ve encouraged me to be thankful.

Thankfulness has changed my life because it has changed my perspective. When I focus on all that God has done and is doing, I’m filled with hope and joy! When I focus on everything that’s going wrong or what I don’t have…let’s just say that’s not a recipe for success! :)

Over five years ago my friend Miranda challenged me to write down 1,000 things I was thankful for and gave me a journal. Well, as someone who can find those sorts of spiritual challenges irresistible, I took her up on it! :) Soon my mom blessed me with another journal for writing down things I was thankful for.

My friend Sarah organized a November thanksgiving challenge – 7 things a day for a whole month. It started just a few days after I hit the ‘1,000’ milestone. I liked writing down 7 things so much I told her I was thinking of carrying it into December (or something like that! This was about five years ago!). Ooo, now I was extra committed! :)

And that, my friends, coupled with Sarah’s continuing to organize thanksgiving challenges for several years, did it.

I’m still writing and still counting! Rarely does a day go by without my writing down at least three things I’m thankful for. There’s a bunch of journals at my house to prove it!  (Not to mention notes in quiet time journals when I was traveling!) Thousands of God’s blessings have been recorded – and there are so many left unwritten!

As a result, the attitude of gratitude, of looking for things to be thankful for, has become such a special part of my life. I think that’s another reason why I haven’t quit! I’m so thankful for Miranda, for my mom and for Sarah. Their encouragement has had a life-changing impact! My levels of hope and joy are higher – and you are far more likely to catch me with a positive attitude!

How about you, friend? Thanksgiving is past but being thankful is never out of season. Could I challenge you to write down 100 things you’re thankful for? To write a few (even seven!!) a day and then take the time to thank the Lord for them?

If you do and keep doing, it just might change your life.

It’s changed mine!

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18