Monday, January 25, 2016

In Gratitude

One thing I try not to mess with is the Blossoms' bedtime ritual.  I'm telling you, it's sacred.

1. Each person prays.
2. We all heartily sing the Doxology or TAPS.
3.  We share our favorite part of our day.

On a whim the other night, I asked the Blossoms to count blessings instead of sharing their favorite parts of their day.  Blossom2 (our quietest and most laid back child) rattled off FOUR very meaningful blessings before the rest of us could even respond that we were thankful for chocolate.  It was such a terrific way to end the day ~ turning our eyes on the One Who provides and cares for us.

Don't underestimate your introverts, parents.  They are often a deep, deep well.  In this case, her quiet demeanor was a breeding round for her attitude of gratitude.  When they're quiet, they're brewing on something.  Praise God!

On another note, I felt reminded to truly look for things to be thankful for.  The whole thing reminded me to PRACTICE gratitude. Practice it as a family!  It doesn't come naturally, y'all.  Nothing wards off entitlement like gratitude.  God must hate entitlement.  Entitlement seems to minimize God and maximize ME.

I challenge you to help your kids see past themselves by humbly practicing gratitude with them.