My New Thankfulness Journal:
I began a Thankfulness Journal in 2015 to help me remember all that I have been given because the pain of my situation was overwhelming me. I couldn’t see past the black clouds to find the sunlight. As I sank into the mire of my despair, I began to feel like the life was seeping out of me and I truly DIDN’T want that. So, I sought help from others but without a similar experience, they were like Job’s friends, well meaning with lots of advise that just didn’t seem to fit.
I came across this idea that seemed to reappear time and again, so journal I did. Each day I wrote 3 things that I could give thanks for including a safe place to live, a vehicle to drive, whatever I could mentally contrive to find gratitude. Some days, it was merely sunshine or to breathe but, a year later, I have learned to count my blessings and hold them close but let the sorrow and heartache melt away. I still need to keep writing them down because, I often look “at the storm” and forget to see the promise of the rainbow. But, I am not discouraged, after all isn’t that why we create holidays .. to remember.
I want to be a blessing to others so I will write down my blessings and be thankful each day to the Father who has granted them to me. I will receive the joyous blessing that He gives and share it with all I contact so their lives may be enriched.