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Things I Need My Kids to Know Before I Die: Gratitude Shifts the Atmosphere

I have a simple remedy for a bad day. This remedy is another one of those things I need my kids to know before I die. When you are feeling sad, rejected, disappoint, depressed, or have a case of the “blahs” shift the trajectory of that day with gratefulness.

Yep. That’s it.
Start listing things you are grateful for (I have a journal dedicated to just this) and see what happens in your spirit. It doesn’t have to be huge and obvious things. Of course we are grateful for our families and the roof over our heads and it’s totally good and right to claim those. Don’t forget, though, to add the little things to your list such as the extra five minutes of sleep you got this morning, the bird singing outside your window, or being able to drink your coffee when it’s HOT (and all the mommas with kids under the age of 4 said “AMEN”).
It may be difficult at first to count your blessings when you are smack dab in the middle of really difficult things. Hard times will come and it’s ok to have the emotions and feelings that accompany hardship. But don’t stay there, dear one. Don’t give the enemy any more power than he thinks he has. 
With every grateful proclamation you are taking one step away from darkness and into the light. The Bible says to, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise (Psalm 100:4).  Catch hold of that marvelous truth! When we declare what we are thankful for we are drawn into the presence of God! Feel like God is so far away? Start to speak out what you are grateful for and watch God meet you there!
Gratefulness shifts the atmosphere. It softens our hearts and reminds us of the nearness of God. Getting after grateful is a powerful way to kick Satan in the teeth and draw near to your Creator.
Do you have a grateful journal? How and when do you use it?
And as I continue to participate in a writing challenge with some friends I would be honored if you would take a moment to check out these blog posts below. So proud of these women for taking a risk and writing even when it seems scary and exposing.
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