An online friend of mine, Kelly, sent me a link to her blog, which I enjoyed reading-- but I was particularly struck by her "Gratitude Checklist." My friend Ann Voskamp also writes a lot about gratitude and has a little online club going where you can register your blog and catalog your blessings in a community of other blessing seekers.
As I read Kelly's post and thought about Ann's, I realized that being intentional about noticing your blessings is huge. It is the key to experiencing joy, seeing God's hand in all things, and living a life of abundance, as Jesus talked about in John 10:10. In today's shaky economy and unstable environment, I would dare to say that this intentional seeking of blessings-- this ongoing awareness of gratitude-- is paramount to not caving in to the depression and gloom and doom that are floating around out there right now.
And so, here's my challenge-- leave a comment here and share at least one thing that you noticed you had to be grateful for today. If you choose to write a whole post on it, then leave the link to the post. Let's all encourage each other to find our blessings, because we know they are out there, just as God promised, no matter how grim the circumstances we are facing.
I will share the blessings I found later today. Can't wait to hear yours!