“Three Good Things” Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Welcome  I have said in several posts that one of the easiest ways to keep my focus positive and release myself from unnecessary worry and anxiety is to keep a gratitude journal.  I love the format of my current gratitude journal (link available later in the post) because it has some days with prompts and some days with blank pages, perfect for most any day’s writing.  I’m going to share the format of one of the pages with you today because I think it is a way to improve the mindset on any day.

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Food For Thought  In my gratitude journal, every ten pages or so, the day’s prompt says, “Write down three good things that happened in your day and tell why they went well.”  That’s a powerful way to end the day.  I’ve had some days when I couldn’t wait to write down the good things that happened.  I’ve had other days that I thought it would be downright impossible to come up with anything that went well, let alone three things.  But each time I was able to come up with three things.  And you know what?  Every time, I felt better having something positive to focus on.  It’s so good for our minds and souls to find the blessings we have each and every day.

The second part of this prompt is just as valuable.  Thinking about why good things happen in our lives brings us a feeling of control, rather than chaos, especially if we can identify the steps taken to make the good things happen.  If the good things in our day appear to be answered prayers, it’s a good time to praise God for His works and commit to memory, or paper, how prayer works in our lives.  If the good things happened because of the actions of others, you can always extend your gratitude to that person.

I just love doing this at the end of my day.  I’m ready to head off to sleep with a much more relaxed and peaceful heart and mind.  This is a tool that can hopefully lead to even more good things happening by understanding the steps taken to reach those good things.  In tomorrow’s post I’m going to share more about the action steps that are involved with the “why” things went well, including examples from my own journal.

Gratitude Journal (hardcover)
This is my gratitude journal. It’s hardback and about 5″ x 7″ in size with some prompts and some blank pages.

 

Today, I just want you to focus on getting a gratitude journal started.  If the description of my journal sounds interesting, it is available for purchase on Amazon through this link.  But don’t let the idea of needing a “fancy” book with the title Gratitude on it keep you from starting this type of daily reflection.  You can use any spiral or composition notebook or binder with loose leaf paper or any other casual journal to keep your daily “three good things” written in.  The important part is focusing on the positive, thinking about your blessings, and figuring out the best way to achieve these good things day after day.

Today’s Scriptures  Colossians 3:15-17   15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Today’s Recipe  Big week at the faith-family-food house this week!  Our one and only daughter started middle school!  She’s doing great, too.  But she eats lunch at 10:30 in the morning.  So, by the time I pick her up from school at 3, she’s pretty hungry!  I get it, a growin’ girl’s gotta eat (and this big girl, too!)  I don’t want her to go for chips or crackers and fruit snacks are just a waste of calories in my opinion.  So I’ve been on the lookout for some creative snacks that she will enjoy but also offer some nutritional benefit.  Last week I shared the Chocolate Peanut Butter Hummus recipe, which was a huge success.  Then we also had these Apple Rings with Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate.  So easy, I promise, and the perfect tide-me-over snack.  I first saw this idea on the Stock Piling Moms website.

You need 1 medium apple, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips (I like Hershey’s Special Dark chips.)

Cut top and bottom from apple.
Cut apple across into five or six slices.
Use a paring knife to cut out the center core of each apple slice.
Spread each apple slice with peanut butter and sprinkle with a few chocolate chips.  This also makes a pretty good dessert option.
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