~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)~
I’d love to tell you that giving thanks in all circumstances comes naturally for me. But the truth is, I often struggle with being thankful. I take blessings for granted and grumble about things that at the end of the day really don’t matter. And when life gets tough, it’s easy to focus on all that’s going wrong and to miss beautiful moments in the midst of a storm.
Two years ago, my family began the Thanksgiving Tree tradition. Our hope with this tradition has been to slow down during the month of November and give thanks each day for the blessings in our lives. Sometimes this means searching and finding blessings during those difficult circumstances.
As part of this tradition, my son and I create a tree with barren branches either on a bulletin board or a poster board. Then throughout the month, each family member jots down what they are thankful for on leaf cutouts, and we glue them to the branches. At the end of the month, our once barren tree is filled with colorful leaves proclaiming all that we are thankful for.
It’s an amazing month-long journey to discover how much we truly have to be thankful for.
Please come back each Thursday this month as I explore what it means to BEE Thankful! :0)