I’ve been weary for a decade. There have been high mama moments and some really low ones over the years. Can you relate? Maybe you planned to be a mama, or maybe like me you didn’t. Maybe being a parent has been more challenging than you expected or maybe it’s been sweeter, or a little of both. Or maybe you’re not a mama or daddy at all and find yourself in a different life situation, whether you chose it or not. No doubt about it though this life can drain us dry.
On this journey I’ve learned that nothing refreshes the heart quite like gratitude.
As we look toward the season of giving thanks I wanted to invite you to join me on a little project. I’ve said before that I don’t post recipes or craft ideas and I pretend not to be a true mommy blog. But I hope you’ll indulge me this one time!
For the month of November my family is going to participate in what I’m calling Project Thanks, and you’re invited to join us! Each week we will focus on a bible verse that reminds us to give thanks or express gratitude to God. Also, at the beginning of each week we’ll focus on a specific person or group of people to thank over the next few days.
Expressing thanks and gratitude to God blesses his heart, changes our perspective, and is an act of obedience. Thanksgiving is something I want my children to learn early in their lives.
I also want them to learn to thank others. It is important to express value to others for their service and the value they add to our lives. Being thanked makes others feel appreciated and it takes our focus from ourselves and rests our attention as a humble mantle of blessing on the shoulders of another.
There are people all around us needing to be recognized and appreciated. When is the last time you thanked your garbage collector, mail carrier, doctor, bus boy, or pastor? November is a good month to remedy that!
This November let’s be on the look out for people in our community doing a good job, and let’s tell them that we noticed.
Maybe it’s a Walmart employee that handled an irritated customer with kindness (don’t laugh it could happen), or one of your kids youth volunteers that goes the extra mile. Whatever the case may be let’s make November a true month of thanks. Young, old, single, or married we can all get involved in sharing thanks!
And if you have kids let’s be sure to get them involved. Ask them who they would like to thank, who they appreciate. Then encourage them to write a note of gratitude or bake some cookies. You could even help them to prepare a few small bags with candy and a note that simply says “Thanks, I noticed the good job you’re doing”. These can be tucked in their backpack, your purse, or the car to be ready to thank people during the week.
Be creative, have fun, and see what happens in your heart and the hearts of your kids as you look for people to thank. While you’re at it take some pictures and share them with us on The Accidental Mama’s Facebook page so we can all celebrate together! And if you have friends that would enjoy participating in Project Thanks pass on this post to them!
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100