Gratitude Opens Doors

There’s a shift in the wind. A changing tide.

The winds are blowing and there is greatness on the edges of the breeze.

Can you feel it?

I can. And so many people I’ve talked to lately are in a similar place in their lives.

Very interesting.

I have felt lost for awhile. Actually, a very long while. I’ve felt like I’m struggling and striving. I’m learning and implementing, however, something’s still missing.

I have felt like I’ve been missing it – missing something critical – maybe even my purpose.

Sure, I’ve helped people. My knowledge and skills have helped plenty of others. However, I haven’t felt like I’ve yet landed on doing what I’ve been put on this planet to do.

And then… something amazing happened! But let me take a step backwards for a minute…

When I don’t know where to go or what to do, when I feel like I need answers, I decide to become thankful. When I focus on what I DO have and what I can find contentment in that I currently have in my life, it shifts my perspective and gives me a new outlook on my life.

Even more fascinating than that, it’s given me answers. It’s filled in the gaps. New ideas are flowing – innovative ideas – straight from Heaven.

I haven’t even fully stepped into them yet and it’s already exciting!!

When we learn to work with what we have and be thankful for what we’ve been given and focus on being and doing our best, we are somehow, by the grace of God, propelled into something even better than we could have imagined.

If you have never kept a Gratitude Journal, I suggest you start one TODAY! You will be surprised by what you write, what comes flowing out of you, and what you learn about yourself.

I encourage you to come up with at least 5 things to be thankful for from each day.

Personally, I write in mine each evening because the day is fresh in my mind and it frees up my mind and opens my heart for my evening prayer before bed to receive directly from Heaven.

We are creative beings – created and made to create – the flow of creativity works like a river. It flows.

When you write in your Gratitude Journal, you are releasing not just thankfulness, but part of your heart. When you allow things to flow out, that’s when you are free to be filled again. We are made to operate like a river – the current flows in and flows out just to have more flow in again. I believe this applies to our attitude of gratefulness, too. Being thankful opens our hearts and lives to receive more.

Give it a try. Be thankful. Learn about yourself. Find contentment. Make it a daily practice - your lifestyle!

Do you already keep a Gratitude Journal? How often do you write in it? Have you noticed a difference in your life and attitude since you started writing in it? If you don’t have one, are you going out to get one… today (hint, hint!)? All it takes is a simple notebook – no need to get a fancy journal or spend loads of money. Just get one and start writing! Share with me in the comments below how it’s going for you.

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JessBio200 Gratitude Opens DoorsJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Gratitude Opens Doors

14 thoughts on “Gratitude Opens Doors

  1. I love coming to your posts Jessica because there is so often a synchronicity that reflects what is going on in my life. I’ve recently been prompted to start keeping a gratitude journal. It is a wonderful reminder of everything God is doing in my life, both big and small.
    And I love your comment on being creative. That is also an issue that God is challenging me about!

    1. Oh, Carolyn, that is one of the BIGGEST things, by far, that God is working with me on – creativity! I’m so glad you are connecting with these posts and can relate to them in a place where you are in your life, too. Nice to know others “get it” and I’m not on my own here!! Well, I’m definitely not, because God is on my side :)

  2. So very true Jessica! I have a gratitude journal and it has been a huge part in making me realize how blessed I really am and healing me find true contentment. I highly recommend it to anyone!

  3. Jessica, your article has inspired me to be more grateful and thankful for being a creative being created by our Almighty Lord. Thank you for that inspiration.

  4. Jessica

    You and I are like twins. I am so totally going through the exact same thing in my life now regarding purpose and thinking I missed it. I once kept a gratitude journal, and it’s so true – it really does change one’s perspective. I’m so glad you shared this post with us because it’s a reminder that I too need take – be more grateful because we really are creative beings, but how can that creativity flow if we are stopped up with a focus the blocks thankfulness – thank you Jessica. This is good stuff!!!
    :)

    1. Thank you, Marvia! It’s too funny – I feel the same way when reading your posts :) I’m glad you connected with this post and remembering to find treasures to be grateful for each and every day!!

  5. This is a great idea, Jessica! I don’t have a specific journal devoted to gratitude yet, but I have been discovering the power of being grateful! Like the old hymn, “Count your blessings, name them one-by-one…”

    I feel your joy and I’m so excited for the heaven-inspired ideas and the sparking of creativity in your life Jessica!!!! Yay!!!!

    1. Susan, me too!! lol Yes, the journal makes it interesting because you can almost look back and see exactly where you were at that time in life and it’s a good testimonial recount of what God’s done for you.

    1. Erika, we do that, too – each night before bed, I have my kids pray themselves and/or say something they are thankful for and then I pray. It teaches them to recognize God’s goodness in everything!

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