Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

'Tis the season to be grateful. Isn't life such a wonderful gift? Despite the inevitable hardships that life can bring us, the sun truly does shine again. There is such a peace in knowing that God holds the ultimate plan for our individual lives. Each life, household, and family is beautifully unique and and each person was placed exactly where God intended them to be. Doesn't that blow your mind? 

Around this time of year, I always remember being a child sitting in my Grandma's steamy kitchen, while she made yet another hardy meal with love. She didn't have much, most of her items were bought from a thrift store and she made most of her clothes, but I can honestly say she was the most grateful person I have ever met. Even as a child I noticed her humble way of going about life – she was rich in spirit. My Grandmother taught me to appreciate not the material but to instead be grateful for the things that can easily be looked over, for example: waking up in the morning, your health, family, and peace of mind. She always reminded me that the last three on the list (health, family, and peace), "money could not buy". I never forgot that. 

I'm a strong believer that when you teach your children young and instill this way of thinking and believing, it will greatly help them as they grow into adult hood. Below are some tips on how to bring gratitude into your home and family. 

Gratitude Jar
When something heartwarming happens in your household, say "I am so grateful!", write it down and throw it in the jar. This will make the moment more special and it will help your children understand the true meaning of gratitude.

Thank You Letters
Did you your child have something kind happen to them? Did their teacher go the extra mile? Awesome. Help your child write a simple Thank You letter by expressing their gratitude. 

Blessing Tree
Buy a small tree that can sit on a table. On Thanksgiving have everyone write one non thing they are grateful for and have them pin it to the tree. When dinner is over, read through the pinned notes over dessert and a warm heart.