Hand Fashioned Expressions of Gratitude

What do you do to get yourself out of a funk?

*Legal, upright ways? *smile*

November is a month many of us think about gratitude. As followers of Jesus, gratitude should be a lifestyle. And all year long, not just around Thanksgiving.

I’ve found one of the surest ways to get myself out of a negative funk is to go to Father God in prayer. Not to complain, but to praise Him for the many blessings in my life.

There’s been more than once that I’ve grumbled to the Lord about my lot in life, and I sense His nudging to look at what I have to be thankful for.

Do you know what always happens?

Once I begin counting my blessings instead of skunks,  (yeah, I know Irving Berlin  wrote  Count Your Blessings  instead of sheep, but skunks best describe my stinky life sometimes),  one blessing gives way for another and then another.

When I feel really low, sometimes I write them out. Some people use Gratitude Journals. For me this serves as a memorial stone of God’s faithfulness to me and the ones I love.

Gratitude Challenge

My late friend, Barb, introduced me to this November tradition. She would think of at least one to three people who impacted  her life that year.

My friend would hand-write a note expressing how that person blessed her. She told them her heart was touched with gratitude and appreciation.

At the beginning of the year, I shared what God’s word to me was for the new year: Boldness to dream big and pray hard .

As 2016 draws to an end, Dennis and I  are in awe of God’s faithfulness to us. We’ve chosen to walk in the direction  we think boldness to dream big and pray hard looks like for us.

And just spent two months doing just that.

The opportunity to train students at Camp Barkeley (Abilene), Texas was one of the best adventures in our lives thus far. We were blessed to meet amazing people and believe the friendships formed are  divine connections.

This Thanksgiving season I  kept my tradition of writing to several of these new friends telling them how they have impacted my life.

Are you up to an old school challenge?

Write a HAND-written note or pick up a Thanksgiving card to snail mail (USPS) to someone who’s made an impact in your life this year. 

You will greatly touch someone for the cost of a stamp and/or a greeting card.  Yes, we live in the age of emails and texts, but don’t you still like to find  personally hand-written addressed mail in your mailbox?

Don’t be surprised if they don’t thank you for the thank-you note. (Because it is so rare .)

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

Your hand-fashioned expression of gratitude will be appreciated even if the recipient receives it after November 24!

Challenge P.S.

Your spouse would love to have a hand-written note of appreciation.  Jay Dee reminds us

… every once in a while its good to remind your spouse why you married them, to help them see themselves as a desirable person…not just a bank machine, handyman, maid, cook, nurse, or whatever roles you have in your marriage.

You are loved,


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1 comment

  1. Monica Aleixo

    Dear Debbie, it’s such a pleasure to read your blog. It’s funny, I was just thinking about you when I got an e-mail with your post.
    I am so grateful to the Lord for having you in my life, even if we’re so distant from one another. You’re an amazing woman of God. I’m sure you have thanked God many more times than you have complained about anything.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family. May the Lord continue to bless you and Dennis in the ministry He has given you, and may the Lord continue to bless all of your family.

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