With Thanksgiving approaching, we decided to provide another free resource for you – a gratitude journal.
But before we get into that, do you know that we have an awesome free 30 Day Thanksgiving Challenge? You can just grab this gratitude journal at the bottom of this post if you’d like, but if you want to get the most out of the journal – and the Thanksgiving season in general – you should really sign up for the Thanksgiving Challenge too.
It’s 100% free and only takes a minute to get your Challenge guidebook, which is over 35 pages of insight, Scripture, and prayer prompts to lead you through November.
And if you are taking the Thanksgiving Challenge, this journal is to be used in conjunction with the challenge on days 2, 7, 12, 17, 20, 24, and 28.
It’s always good to take your thoughts to pen and paper. Hey, after all, I am a creative letterer. I am always looking for new ways to explore what a pen, marker, or pencil on paper can do!
It really is therapeutic to write things out. Especially what you’re thankful for, which is something we often not a place where we focus our time and energy.
Unfortunately, we (myself included) have a tendency to fix our thoughts around obtaining the next big thing or getting to the next goal. Or we might just be swamped with the tasks of the current day or stuck in a place of regret. We become so task-oriented that we forget to stop and reflect on all that we do have.
For me, it’s part of the American DNA, I believe. We are goal-oriented people. But of course, the vast majority of people struggle with the same issues, no matter where they might be.
While having goals and achieving tasks are a good thing, we do need to keep perspective. We need to re-center ourselves on all the things we are blessed with.
Life in itself is a tremendous blessing to all of us. When we stop and reflect on our life and the sanctity of it, well… our perspective changes. We become less hurried, less stressed, less agitated.
And so it goes with everything we become truly thankful for, such as our families, our friends, our work, our neighborhood, even ourselves.
Fostering a thankful heart helps God grow and cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit in your life.
And that’s what we all want, isn’t? A life that’s filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
A gratitude journal will help you on the road of developing those Fruit.
Because by being humble and thankful, well that is where God really thrives. It’s the kind of ground where He works mightily.
Seriously, look to Scripture and what God says about grumbling and complaining and then look at what He does through a humble and thankful heart. That’s what we hope to help you develop with this journal.
And again, if you REALLY want to dive deeper into developing thankfulness in your life – please go check out the 30 Day Thanksgiving Challenge. It only takes a good quality email to sign up for it – and your Gratitude Journal fits perfectly with the Challenge.
We hope this Gratitude Journal helps you think through some important topics for this Thanksgiving season (or anytime), and to get your copy in PDF form, simply click the button below.
It helps to have a good internet connection before downloading – it’s a PDF that you’ll need to save to your computer or device.