Christine Powell Kellett
Christine's Corner-An Attitude of Gratitude
Now that we are in the month of Thanksgiving, we turn to a very important spiritual practice-gratitude.Gratitude is the practice of giving thanks. In her weekly newsletter, Traci Smith gives us some simple and practical ways to practice gratitude with our families. Here are a few:
Paper Chain - Each day make a link with something you’re thankful for written on the link. See if it can stretch all around a room.
Gratitude Tree - Write your gratitude on leaf shaped ornaments and hang them on a tree outside. (Put a branch in a vase for an easy tree!)
Alphabet Gratitude - List one thing you are grateful for that starts with the letter “A” and then continue with the letter “B” until you’ve reached the end of the alphabet.
More than Words - Draw a picture of something that makes you feel grateful.
Memory Verse: This is the day that the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
Faith Practice Spotlight: Gratitude Cafe - This practice comes from the book Faithful Families, Creating Sacred Moments at Home. Each person gets a warm beverage (tea, hot chocolate, and coffee) and takes turns talking about what they’re thankful for. The warm drink makes you slow down and savor, and adds to the practice of gratitude.
Here are some other resources to help with this practice of gratitude:
30 Days of Thankfulness Bundle
Paper Leaves-for your gratitude tree
And here is another article to help you with this practice from ParentCue.