Monday, October 26, 2009

40 Days of Grateful

Last night in our small group, our application was to choose one discipline to practice for the next 40 days. This is not an attempt to become "more spiritual", but simply a way to allow God to use us, and to ultimately love God and love others more. There are SO many disciplines that I could choose, because honestly, I am very undisciplined when it comes to my spiritual walk. This is something I have struggled with for a long time, because I know that I should do better with daily devotions, etc. Thankfully, God is full of grace and does not base our salvation on how many hours per day we think about him, or read the Bible, or pray.

So rather than choose a discipline based on "doing", I decided to choose a discipline based on "being." More of an attitudinal discipline rather than something that I can "check off my list" of things to do. Since I typically have a rather critical attitude, I am choosing to focus on being grateful over the next 40 days. Now this is something I have been working on for quite a while, but I really want to be intentional about this and truly think about what I am grateful for each and every day. And I am going to write it down each day. Perhaps I will even update my blog with the list.

So, day 1 (yesterday): I am grateful for my small group! They are a great group of people and I am glad we are able to share with each other.
Day 2: I am grateful for the sunshine and the yellow leaves outside my window.

So what are you grateful for? I'd love to hear, and let's put together a great list!


Sarah said...

I'm grateful for one of my best friends coming to visit today. It's been a bit since we've hung out and I can't wait!

Chantelle said...

I love this idea, Esther. Lord knows I need to be more grateful. - Today (since I'm feeling flu-ish) I'm grateful for my hot water bottle and the luxury of being able to curl up on the sofa with a quilt.

Jessica said...

Esther, I'm grateful for you and that you are in our small group :o) Love you bunches!

Deb Bell said...

I'm grateful for supportive friends and family and a super husband who lets me do work when we could be hanging out. I'm grateful for a supportive, creative workplace that allows me to work on award-winning special sections, and I'm grateful for super clients who help me build my business.