Life is God’s gift to enjoy, yet our attitudes can make or break the moment. We have no shortage of irritations and challenges, that’s for sure. Isn’t it easy to let what’s wrong overshadow what’s good in your life? Practicing gratitude becomes a holy habit that changes our perspective and empowers us to walk in faith. Be sure to grab a copy of the Grateful Moments Workbook at the end of this post!
During November we practiced gratitude with a fun challenge. Our playing ground included Facebook and Instagram with a little Twitter just for extra fun. We celebrated with a few giveaways as well. Congrats to Cheryl, Melody, and Muriel!
Big News from November
I’m very grateful that Holy in the Moment is a Silver Medal Winner for the Military Writers Society of America book awards! You can read the contest review here. Also a finalist in the Author Academy awards, Holy in the Moment makes a wonderful Christmas gift this year! Learn more about the book here.
Here are some of my favorite moments from our challenge:
“I realize that in my busyness, I grumble more than I praise. I complain more than I thank. I count the mistakes rather than count the blessings. This is my coffee mug on my desk at work. It greets me every day and holds that precious elixir of life!”
“My boss gave me this mug and I know “grateful” is her favorite word, but it has secretly tugged at my heart to remember to be so each and every day – at work (I have a job), at home (I have a place to live), in my car as I sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic (I have transportation), as I wait in line at the grocery store to check out (I can afford to buy food).”
Someone else posted these great thoughts on gratitude:
Gratitude is a choice! When you are facing adversity, challenges, hardships or trials, let gratitude be your default!!!
Grateful for the word of God that encourages me & focuses me on the right things when facing those challenges!
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
James 1:2-4 NLT
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
Here’s a peek at some of our #GoGratefulChallenge prompts on Instagram:
I had the fun to interviewing Larissa Traquair, of the Gr8tful Tribe: Doing Community Well, Larissa is a long-time friend who has truly inspired me to be intentional about gratitude. You can read her story in my book, Holy in the Moment as well (see the attitude chapter). Larissa is a popular broadcaster on Periscope with 35,143,895 hearts from her grateful tribe. Continue your gratitude journey with Larissa on Periscope at 9:00 am CT M-F and on Facebook at 6:30 pm CT M-Th.
I also had the opportunity to interview Rich Caveness, author of The Gratitude Effect. You can click the photos to check out the FB Live interviews! Larissa and Rich both have incredible stories as they share their gratitude journeys.
The Grateful Moments Workbook
We love free, don’t we? Nab your copy of the Grateful Moments Workbook, a handy resource to Go Grateful and work on the holy habit of gratitude in your life. If you did the #GoGratefulChallenge, continue your journey with gratitude. Experts say it takes 28 days to build a new habit. This workbook will give you some motivational thoughts, Scriptures, topics, activities, and journal prompts to take your gratitude practice to the next level. Ready to keep going grateful? Let’s do it! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the workbook from your email or from the Free Gifts link in your newsletter.