5 Simple Ways To Count Your Blessings

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Count Your Blessings

 

Counting our blessings is a way for us to stop and give thanks to God for all the gifts He has poured down on us.  Today I am sharing with you 5 Simple Ways To Count Your Blessings.

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. {James 1:17 NIV}

5 Simple Ways To Count Your Blessings

 

Keep a Journal

So simple, right?  I can not tell you how many Moleskine journals I have lying around.  I use one for book notes, another for prayer requests, another for prayer journaling, and yet another for regular journaling.  It would be so simple to have a journal just dedicated to writing down your blessings.  I also have this gratitude journal that is perfect for just writing down daily what you are thankful for.  It is also filled with inspiring quotes and prompts if you need help.

gratitdue journal

 

A Blessings Jar

Although I have not used this particular way, I like the idea of it.  I can’t recall where I originally read about it or heard about it, but obviously, it has stuck with me.  The basic concept is just writing down your blessings on a piece of paper and putting them in a jar or a box and then at the end of the year taking them all out and reading them.

 

Thank You Note

When was the last time you sat down to hand-write a Thank You note? I honestly don’t do it as much as I would like, but I do feel it is an important life skill that I want to instill in my children.  I know that whenever I receive such a note, it makes my day.  Why would we not want to take the few minutes it takes to write a note and make someone else’s day? When we take a few minutes to show appreciation for someone, it is a way we can count our blessings and give thanks for that person.

 

Taking a moment to stop and acknowledge a blessing is an act that should be a habit in our life. Click To Tweet

 

Thankful Tree

One way we have used the last few years to help instill a heart of gratitude in our kids is to use a thankful tree. Every November we put this large tree up on our wall, and I have laminated leaves that we will write down what we are thankful for. We all will take turns writing down what we are thankful for and then we will add our leaf to the tree.  It is a tangible way for young kids to see how full our life is when we start with a bare tree and then it is filled to overflowing with leaves of blessings.

 

 

There’s An App For That

There truly is an app for anything. My newest favorite way for counting my blessings is the use of my Gratitude 365 app on my phone.  It is a photo journal where you can take a picture every day of what you are thankful for and then it also has a place for notes. I love looking at the monthly view on the calendar and visually seeing what I am thankful for.

gratitude 365

 

In Daring Greatly by Brene’ Brown she says, “Don’t take what you have for granted- celebrate it.  Don’t apologize for what you have. Be grateful for it and share your gratitude with others.” How are you counting your blessings?  What are you grateful for? Please share in the comments!

 

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  1. Ruth
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    I started a thankful journal a few months ago. I need to write in it more often, but it is good to go back and read the things I wrote, in addition to writing the new things that I’m thankful for on any given day.
    I like the ideas of the Blessing Jar and the Thankful Tree!
    I also like the app idea; too bad my phone is not smart enough! So for now, the journal will have to do.
    One other way that I find myself filled with thanksgiving is to sit and watch all our family pictures of the past few years come up on the computer screen; my husband has that set as our screen saver. So many happy memories come from looking at the photos of our happy times.

  2. Keishawna
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    Hi! Wow! There really is an app for everything. I had no idea😊.
    I love the Blessing Tree. I’m definitely going to do that this year. This holiday season is a special one for my family and I believe this will make it even better. I’m so happy I read this! Have a beautiful day!

    • Heather
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      Thanks for stopping by Keishawna! And yes, there is an app for everything!

  3. Lynn Bradley
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    How wonderful to read your suggestions. I never heard of the app but will check it out.
    I will be sharing your ideas on Pinterest 🙂
    Blessings
    Lynn

    • Heather
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      Thanks, Lynn!

  4. Tania Vaughan
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    That’s an awesome app – I do need to stop more often thanks for this post 🙂

  5. Kelly R Smith
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    A gratitude app?! I love it! My kids want IG so bad, but I’m big, bad mama and won’t let them have it yet. I’m thinking a year with the gratitude app might be just the thing to teach them the responsible way to handle photo-journaling! Thanks for linking up this week! I love every one of these ideas!

    • Heather
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      This is why I adore you! Why have I not thought to put this app on my girls iPad?? Yes!!!

  6. Amanda
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    I will have to check out Gratitude 365! I’ve never heard of it. It sounds interesting! We have done the Thankful Tree and really enjoyed it. I, too would like to do the Blessings Jar. Maybe that’s something we can start next year. Enjoyed reading your suggestions!

  7. Marva | SunSparkleShine
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    I’m saving these great ideas because I have a way of forgetting to stop and give thanks. Not just me, right? 🙂 Well, even so, I’m just happy to have this reminder. Thanks, Heather.
    Happy to have met you via Christian Women Bloggers Unite — I’ll be back again soon.

  8. Lauren C. Moye
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    The app sounds like a neat idea, but I would never keep up with it on my own. xD I love the idea of the tree, though. Thanks for sharing!

  9. brooke
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    I’ve kept a journal for years – I love numbering them

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