Do you have a friend that can call you out about all your messy stuff? Whew they can really hand you your face on a plate. But in a needed way most times. God has graciously blessed me with at least one such friend in every season of my life. In my early 20’s – in the pit of depression like I had never been in before – a friend decided to tell me the truth in love. “Tiffany, you need to be more Thankful!”
Well, I was divorced, bankrupt, recovering from a miscarriage, running from God in anger and pain… barely making it through my day to day life. Can you imagine how miserable I was to be around? To say I was negative was like saying the grass is green. Negative, toxic, wallowing in bitterness and spewing all my feelings out on everyone in my life.
Most of my friends set firm boundaries around me. Hard to imagine… I know. 😉
How was I supposed to be more Thankful?
My life was over, I could see no way to start again. What was there to be thankful about?
Do you ever feel that way? Better yet, do you feel some of those things today?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
God says we can and must be Thankful in every situation. The good, the bad, the “My life is Over, the “But God this is more than I can bear”, and everything else in-between.
There are some amazing things I’ve learned since then that have paved the way toward becoming a more Thankful Jesus Girl
The choice to hold onto all the hurt inside – trying to punish those who hurt me – was turning me into a person that hurt others.
Forgiveness is a process that is hard but rewarding. Let me share my story with you through this Free e-book A Pathway to Forgiveness
Being close to The Giver of Life lets me keep my eyes focused on Him rather than the current storm in my life. That gives me peace enough to see the things that are real blessings in my life and be thankful for them!
I learned to give thanks weather I feel like it or not
Thankfulness is a discipline of the Heart we have to practice daily to master. Each day as I get up I thank God for a new day, the bed I am laying on, the clothes on my back, food in the pantry and anything else I can.
Starting the day with a thankful heart is a huge first step on the path to Be More Thankful!
Finally, I learned to bless others that help you in life
Today I thought I would bless the online community that encourages me and supports me in big and small ways to make HopeJoyInChrist such a Practical place to come and grow.
This is a list of over 50 Ways to Be More Thankful Today
– In them, you will find inspiration, encouragement, and Freebies to keep you Thankful.
My 4 Favorite Resources and Ways to Be more Thankful in 2018
- Mom’s Pocket Bible Study – How to Cultivate a Thankful Heart by Lee at Like Minded Musings
- This Family Thankfulness Tree is easy to make and a blessing to the whole family! Love the tips and tutorial by Jen at Being Confident of This
- What To Do When You Don’t Get What You Want is a great ready by Digging Deeper with God.
- Sara at TheHolyMess has an amazing Thanksgiving Planner I love to use and some fun ideas in the Craft Section
8 Freebies to Be more Thankful
Free Bible Study for the Overwhelmed Mom by Lee at Like Minded Musings
Free Thanksgiving Journal – Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in Your Heart from Alisa at Flourishing Today
30 Day Gratitude Challenge by Becky of So Very Blessed
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Coloring Sheet by Jodi at The Meaningful Moma
Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages for Adults and Kids by Jo Ditt
Free 5 Day Gratitude Challenge by Kate at My Joy in Chaos
Scripture Writing Plans –
Verse of Thanksgiving in the Scripture by Lil of Embracing The Lovely
8 Days to Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart by Kay of Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling
Bible Verses on Thankfulness by Starla Jimenez
5 Ideas to Help Be More Thankful as a Family
How to Cultivate a Genuine Heart of Gratitude by Allyson of Rapt Motherhood
A Thanksgiving Journal from Rachel Schmoyer Writes
A Thanksgiving Advent Family Tradition by Crystal Mcgowen
20 Questions for Cultivating Gratitude by Lily of Proverbs 24:26
A Season of Thankfulness is a great devotional by Allysha Lynn
4 Craft Ideas to Help you Be More Thankful
Thankful Tree Craft Day by Erica Pelzel
Thanksgiving Wreath by Jodi at The Meaningful Moma
I will Statements for Thanksgiving by Jodi at The Meaningful Moma
Thanksgiving Memories Tablecloth by Sara at The Holy Mess
13 Tips to Be More Thankful in hard Seasons
How do I find Thankfulness and Joy When I’m Running on Empty by Julie of Unmasking The Mess
In Every Thing Give Thanks by Jennifer at Helping Hands Homeschool
10 Thanksgiving Quotes to Help you Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude by Shanique of Rock Solid Faith
Thanking God for ALL Experiences by Clarie Musters
Can You Have Gratitude in the Midst of Grief by Charlie of Mississippi Mom
How to be Thankful While You Wait by Sara Geringer
Remembering The Last Supper as a Thanksgiving Feast by A Daughters Gift of Love
Contentment and Thanksgiving by Carmen at Galloway Musings
Seeking God’s Kindness in Daily Life by This Grateful Momma
Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness by Jen at Embracing Life
Thanksgiving is a Holy Holiday by Rosevine Cottage Girls
Gratitude when You’ve got a Bad Attitude by Showered in Grace
Thankful People are Happy People by Lori at Frogs Lilly Pad
16 Challenges to Inspire you to Be More Thankful
25 Wonderful Ways to Find Joy in Jesus by Deb of Counting My Blessings
A Thanksgiving Challenge for Any Time of Year by Robbi of Timeless Moma
Prayers of Thanksgiving by A Devine Encounter
8 Thankfulness Scriptures from Minding The Kings
Why We Can Thank Jesus Everday By Dani of Living Free Indeed
Thanksgiving In Action by Earl Grey and Yellow
Try Saying Thank You by Hannah at Tranquared Youth Ministry
Thanksgiving that Just Bubbles Over by Steeped in The Word
What if You Could Say Thank You In Advance by Madeleine of The Salt Compass
9 Thanksgiving Bible Verses by The Modern Mary
8 Benefits of Being Grateful by Liz of Purpose and Love
3 Key Steps to Growing in Gratitude by Laura of Cheered on Mom
A Thankful Heart by Jessica Wright
30 Days of Thankfulness: You Are What You Think by Spirit Body Mind Renewal
Thank You, Lord by Sue of The Word Washed Wife
7 Ways to Cultivate Thankfulness in Your Home by Aimee of A Work of Grace
I would love to hear how you are focusing on Giving Thanks In all You do this year. Would you drop me a comment and let me know?