Five Minute Friday – Grateful




warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for yourhelp.

expressing or actuated by gratitude: a grateful letter.

pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: a grateful breeze.

1545–55;  obsolete grate  pleasing (< Latin grātus ) + -ful



I am so extremely blessed by the gifts that God gives me every single day.  To the “huggies” and “lovins” my puppy gives, to the text messages from  my grandchildren, just to say I love you, to my health (even though it’s bad, because it could be so much worse)

God has gifted us with so many things to be grateful for in this life and you must learn to cherish each and everyone of them.  Including the bad things.  The good, right there along with the bad, teach you so many things that God tells us in the Bible.,

Turn the other cheek, Love your neighbor as thyself,  etc, etc.  there are a LOT of verses on gratitude

But also when you are going through trials, they can also deepen your gratitude to a level so unexpected, that it becomes habit

being cured of cancer

knowing that your child is ill, but so many have it so much worse off etc, etc

just remember, getting through those trials, should make you grateful

It’s so easy to remember to be grateful in the good times.

thank you God for healing me, the new job, new house, etc, etc.  But how hard is it to say THANK YOU LORD for giving my child the illness that he has, because who wants to thank someone for a sick child.  But that child is alive….   That child may be bringing you closer together as a family

or whatever 10000 things can be though of (this is just an example of things that can go wrong, and they will, and you MUST be thankful to God for everything) good and bad

Being able to make a gratitude journal was the best thing that ever happened for me to help me be able to be thankful for good, great, bad, hard, easy, all sorts of things

One of the best books I have ever read about this subject has been 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp

here is a link to her weekly gratitude journal.

However, 1000 Gifts also has an accompaniment journal…. Or you can choose a photo a day with gratitude, or a post a day (a lot of people do this at Thanksgiving) but do it everyday…

Why just be grateful at thanksgiving

It doesn’t matter what you use, whether it is the accompaniment journal or a composition book, a store bought journal, or an app… I just typed in Gratitude Journal in my app store and there are lots of apps, paid and free, to help you with this.

But remember, no matter how you do it, remember not just the good stuff.  Being grateful for the hard blessings also, will make you appreciate the good blessings 1000 times over!


Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

(this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:

Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.

Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.

{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url but your post url } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it

Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community


4 Responses

  1. […] Five Minute Friday – Grateful […]


  2. You are so right. I have learned this lesson well the last two years. Thank you! From FMF


  3. stopping by from 5MinFri! so love Ann Voskamp’s book! My counting ebbs and flows but I’m always counting! Thanks for sharing your blessings this week!


  4. Just visiting from FMF. Love this line: “Why just be grateful at thanksgiving?” Thanks for the reminder!



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