Happy November! It’s the month of thankfulness, family feasts, festive celebrations, and my birthday month. 😉 I’m here for it! How about you? I’m sure you’ve heard of a November Thankful Challenge. Usually, family and friends will post on their social media a daily thankfulness post leading up to Thanksgiving Day.
Do you like thankfulness challenges?
NOVEMBER THANKFULNESS CHALLENGE ENCOURAGES US TO PRACTICE SPECIFIC GRATITUDE
What I love about a November Thankfulness Challenge is it encourages us to really focus on what we are grateful for in our lives. Getting specific with our blessings is key. A November Thankfulness Challenge can open our eyes to see all of the good that God is doing in our lives.
Life gets busy and hectic. Other great stressors weigh on our shoulders. All of this can become overwhelming, and unfortunately, we may lose sight of the blessings WE DO HAVE in our lives.
CAN YOU NAME FOUR SPECIFIC BLESSINGS YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR RIGHT NOW?
Off the top of your head, can you list four things you are thankful for right now? The first four things that come to mind for me are my husband, our five children, great friends, and my health.
But those are givens, right?
Of course, we are thankful for a loving family, wonderful friends, and good health. But what if we really dig deep and think about how God has specifically blessed us within the past month or this past year?
What specific blessing can you think of that has happened for you?
Maybe you received an answer to something you were fervently praying for, such as…
- a pay raise that will enable you to start saving up for a new home,
- words of wisdom from a good friend,
- watching a beautiful sunset with someone you love,
- receiving money to take care of a bill that you weren’t able to afford,
- a loved one whose health is now improving,
- or being a blessing to someone else.
When you take the time to see the blessings you have in your life, your heart will be filled with gratitude. You will begin to find the joy in each day.
30 DAYS OF THANKFULNESS CHALLENGE
Here’s a thankfulness challenge you can share with your family and friends. Beginning November 1, take a photo each day of something related to the theme of the day. For example, DAY 4 is about “STRENGTH”. You can share a photo of something or someone who is inspiring you to stay strong and then explain why you are thankful for the strength you feel.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GLDthankful if you’d like to join the challenge!
As we head into November, I’m setting a personal goal for myself to dig deep and get specific with my gratitude. I am focusing on acknowledging what it is exactly I am thankful for and then I’m praising God for it!
Personally, I have experienced some hardships, i.e. vehicle problems and my husband’s job loss. This challenging time has really opened my eyes to the meaning of humility and thankfulness. I have been praying for guidance to help count my blessings, speak them out loud, and THANK God for everything.
A November Thankfulness Challenge is a great way to give God praise and encourage others to count their blessings, too. So don’t be afraid to share your daily gratitude with family and friends, whether it be in person or via social media.
You never know– you may encourage someone who is in need of inspiration. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of practicing gratitude! — Jennifer xoxo
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