Gratitude is kind of a stereotypical topic during the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday for obvious reasons. Currently, though, in perfect correlation with the season, I’ve been learning a lot about having a consistently grateful spirit. As a kind of personal project, I’ve been making an effort to spend time intentionally thinking about what I am grateful for as well as writing down lists of specific things in my journal. I’ve found a lot of things that make life beautiful and exciting are so trivial- and I’m so thankful that I get to enjoy  those trivial things. I’ve also found that I have some pretty huge things for be thankful for. I thought I would share some of those things here today in hopes that they will inspire you to marvel at the seemingly insignificant things, and encourage you to reflect on what you have been blessed with.

-weather; sunny days; rainy days; change

-clothes to wear, and style to express

-working vision


-a place to live, and people to share my home with

-hot tea and knitting

-God’s word and how it speaks directly to me

-my best friend who I can tell anything to

-good grades

-my grandparents; their lives; their wisdom; their love and prayers for me

-quiet time to be all alone

-the fact that my trust in God does not change his faithfullness

-friends who genuinely care for eachother

-good, real, honest conversations

-peppermint tea (balm for the soul)

-inspiring creative people

-seasons of life


-God’s presence

-God’s peace

-the night sky

-hot chocolate


-the ability and privilege to learn

-humanity in all of its messy broken beauty

-movies that just ‘get’ me; other people do think like I do!

-the overwhelming incomprehensible love of Christ


If you guys enjoyed reading this, let me know. I may post more lists over the next month.


“Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”


6 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Love this list! I try to focus on gratitude year round. It especially helps me when I feel really overwhelmed. I keep it in a journal that I open up every once in a while so I can focus on it. I would love to start it daily and keep doing it… though for the past few years it has proven difficult! 🙂 I hope that you have had a lovely October, I am now following you via email. XO -Alexandra

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  2. I love this list, Lauren! So many ordinary everyday things that are such blessings, yet easy to overlook. (And I love how many hot drinks are on your list. My kind of girl! 🙂 )

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