And 29 blog posts later…we made it to Day 30 of The Thankful 30!
Writing this series has been such a rewarding challenge for me. Coming to my computer each day and writing about gratitude has not only opened my eyes to see blessings more clearly, but has also drawn me closer to God and strengthened my heart for Him.
I’ve opened up about my struggles with self-criticism, being single, feeling like a mess, and finding light in darkness. It’s not always easy to give thanks. I know that well. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned through this series, it’s that the continual practice of giving thanks heals what is broken, soothes what is aching, and illuminates what is shadowy.
Being open and honest here—and not writing about food for a change—is something I thought would be scary and hard. And at first, it was. But these 30 days have taught me that I am who God made me, and that is not something to hide.
On Friday, I wrote about making gratitude a habit. As we go through the holiday season and into the New Year, that is my intention: to give thanks in all things. Cultivating a grateful heart is a habit I want to sustain for the rest of my life—in every season.
As this series comes to a close, I want to share with you a few highlights from the past 30 days that mean the most to me.
Wherever the next few busy weeks take you, I hope you that in the midst of this season you’ll embrace gratitude for the gift that it is. This life has some pretty big bumps and some frightening faults, but the blessings? They are everywhere. In everything.
And so we give thanks. Not just on the last Thursday in November, but each and every day our lungs fill up with air.
For all that we have, all those we love, all that we’ve been given, all that we know, all that we’re capable of—we give thanks and live thanks.
The Thankful 30
Day 2: The Grateful Kind of Warrior
Day 3: Miracle Monday
Day 7: Slow Down & Enjoy Your Food
Day 8: Nourishment for Your Weekend
Day 9: Tiny Blessings—A Birth Story
Day 13: The Gift of Music
Day 15: Weekend Nourishment
Day 17: Miracle Monday—Life in Photos
Day 18: Trading the Rush for the Hush
Day 20: 16 Words to Nourish the Soul
Day 22: Nourishment for Your Weekend
Day 23: Guest Post—Aging Gratefully
Day 27: Happy Thanksgiving!
Day 28: Making Gratitude a Habit