2021 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge

by Jennifer Haynie

Blogger’s Note: I know I’ve been away for a bit. Sometimes, life intervenes. After our mid-October vacation, our half-marathon plans went off the rails due to bad weather at the venue. And work came hard and fast as well. I’m back with my annual gratitude challenge. This is similar to last year’s post, but I’ve updated it to reflect this year.

Thanksgiving week is here. One thing I like to do on Thanksgiving Day is what I call a Gratitude Challenge. In my journal, I list out a hundred things for which I’m grateful.

I know 2021 has been a rough year for a lot of people. Many have suffered losses, and I don’t mean to minimize those at all. I know several people for whom the holiday season will be difficult this year. But that doesn’t mean God hasn’t poured out the blessings. He has. Those blessings are out there. We just have to look harder and dig deeper this year to find them.

Here are ten that I came up with:

  1. Putting out another book in the spring.
  2. Working with Clyde, our Basenji dog, with obedience and seeing him learn.
  3. The absolutely gorgeous leaves this fall.
  4. Being able to have friends over again.
  5. Returning to the office fulltime.
  6. Getting a new supervisor and a new division director at work.
  7. Being able to pray for people.
  8. Celebrating 50 years of life (yikes!).
  9. Seeing a unique part of God’s creation on the Big Island.
  10. Snuggling with my hubby in front of the fire.

I came up with these pretty quickly, but I know I’ll be digging down into my memory and soul for the rest. I’ve learned that when I seek out those blessings and give thanks, gratitude swells. And when gratitude swells, negativity gets pushed out.

Pull out that pen and paper. Number one through a hundred, and see where it takes you.

2021 has been a tough year for many. That doesn’t mean God hasn’t poured out His blessings. He has. We just have to look harder and dig deeper this year to find them. #Thanksgiving #Encouragement Click To Tweet

Question: What are three things for which you’re thankful this year?

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