Friday, May 9, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Cultivating A Grateful Heart

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday is a special time set aside each week where, as our hostess and inspiration, Lisa-Jo Baker, puts it, "We write for five minutes flat. All on the same extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real." 

Today's prompt is grateful.


I've been working on cultivating a grateful heart for over over two years now, and it still comes hard. Why is it so hard to remember to purposefully think of things to be grateful for

Ann Voskamp first challenged me in this area when I read her book One Thousand Gifts. Then I was challenged again when I picked up the One Thousand Gifts Devotional. I was spending nights with my aunt who was dying of uterine cancer. Late at night, or in the wee hours of the morning, I would pray and things would come to mind, and I would write them down. But, when things took a turn for the worse, I guess I got side-tracked and never picked it back up again.

And it's not that I'm not grateful. I am grateful. For many things. But, I no longer write them down and journal them like I used to. And it's such a blessing to go back and be reminded of all the wonderful things that the Lord has done in my life. Perhaps now is the the time to, once again, start purposefully counting my blessings and writing them down. I might as well start right now.

1) moonlight 
2) the stars
3) the beautiful white irises that are blooming in our front yard

So, what about you? What are you grateful for? 


Until Next Time...



  1. I love your list of things you are grateful for! Life has seasons and no matter our best intentions sometimes things are just not going to happen. Grateful you have been able to get back to this pursuit :)

    1. Thanks for dropping in from FMF and sharing, Lizzy! You're right! Life brings different seasons and things are going to go differently in each one. Have a blessed weekend! <3

  2. Love the grateful list. There are so many things we need to take time and be grateful for in life and so many people miss the boat. Stopping in from FMF

    1. Thanks for stopping in from FMF, Karen! And, yes, amen! There are so many things to be grateful for and I don't want to miss them! Have a blessed weekend! <3


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