I saw a pretty cool post on Facebook just before Thanksgiving last year, where a person placed a mason jar with a Post-It note explaining that it will be filled with all kinds of small notes from the family giving thanks, sharing laughs, noting accomplishments, etc. I thought it was a lovely idea and my pastor took it one step further and called it a “Jubilation Jar” and shared a couple of relevant verses about gratitude.
I realized that my family could sure use some time to reflect upon such things. I happened to have a pretty Yankee Candle jar left over from Christmas and I made this printable and glued it right on. I can’t wait to open the jar around Thanksgiving 2014 and enjoy the tidbits my family tosses in throughout the year. That will be a true blessing.
Here are five things I am already thankful for in 2014:
1. Intentional downtime for my family. 2013–actually 2010-2013, were very hectic years for my family. New businesses, sold businesses, lots of extracurricular activities amidst the crazy homework load. This year is a time to scale things back and I’m so grateful for that.
2. Focus. I have been praying about what the Lord has planned for me this year and so many beautiful things have been revealed to me already. I am so excited that I can now focus and not be scattered among so many things.
3. Five kids with such vibrant and unique personalities. Okay, I am not always thankful for this because it makes parenting EXTRA TOUGH. But I am embracing the special qualities of each of my children and making sure to spend time with each child individually. If you have more than one kid, you know how important this is.
4. An amazing husband. This man has been married to me for eighteen years. I am so grateful for him because he makes me a better person that I would ever be on my own. I am also thankful for the laughter he brings to our home each and every day.
5. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My relationship with the Lord continues to grow tremendously and I see the world with such clarity and purpose because of it. The Word is truly ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ This is why I am so excited to see what 2014 will bring with Him as my guide!
Click the printable, print on plain paper, cut out and glue onto your own jar. Cut slips of paper and have them handy near the jar for those spur-of-the-moment thoughts that you want to capture and toss in! Have the kiddies get involved. They’ll love it!