Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Being Grateful Each Day in the Month of Life and Beyond

As we celebrate the month of Life, I am reminded that each day of life is a blessing from God. I try to be grateful each day, to remind myself, especially when I am feeling down, or tired, to count my blessings, but real life bursts in and I forget sometimes. This is something I want to try to remedy, and I urge you all to join me.

Another blogger at A Holy Experience.com has done a beautiful thing. This author and blogger has shared a Joy Dare where she has created a gorgeous illustrated monthly calender that you can hang on your fridge that will remind you to be grateful.  Guided "grateful for" prompts for each day remind us, and our kids, to live consciously in the world, to see God's graces and to celebrate the small ...and big gifts we get and often take for granted.  What a gift this is indeed!

Here is a taste... then follow the link below to go to A Holy Experience website and download the monthly calenders for yourself. Check out her other books while you are there.  They look awesome!

The Joy Dare


t’s habits that can imprison you and it’s habits that can free you.
But  when thanks to God becomes a habit –  so joy in God becomes your life.
And  with this habit of keeping a gratitude list?  You:
1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)
2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)
5. Increase your happiness by 25% — (Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)

Who doesn’t want all that?
So! Print out each month’s Joy Dare!
1. Each day of the month has a prompt to look for three gifts.
2. Print it out for the fridge, for the kids, for your family gratitude journal — and take the dare to live in fullness of joy — right where you are!
3. Joy is a function of gratitude — and gratitude is a function of perspective. So take these prompts to help you see and change perspective — give thanks — and live all His joy!
4. Use the daily joy dare prompts — to help you count your own One Thousand Gifts:


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Get the rest at  http://www.aholyexperience.com/joy-dares/

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