In this post: November Scripture Writing is combined with Gratitude and Reflection to keep your focus on God’s Word as well as a thankful heart for all month long.
“Let’s go around the table and each name something that we are thankful for.”
Does this sound familiar? Does your family do this on Thanksgiving day?
I love it… in theory. Sometimes it feels like you have to have a speech prepared for an eloquent statement on thanks, impressing those at the table with your word choices and “humble-brags.” (Did you catch the oxymoron in that word?) Or sometimes if you are one of the last people to take a turn, you stop focusing on what is actually being said and start stressing about what you are going to say since Aunt Susie “stole” your thanks. Notice how easy it is to lose sight of its purpose and focus on me me me instead?
That’s where these monthly challenges come in.
When I was a kid, I ran just to run. Over time, I took my focus off healthy choices and lifestyle so that it has become harder to reach health and fitness goals. One thing I’ve wanted to do is be able to run again. The mental steadfastness and perseverance of runners is inspiring and I’ve enjoyed watching groups of running friends encourage each other. There was a time when I decided that I was going to do it too. But going from a somewhat sedentary life to being a runner doesn’t happen in a day. I’ve tried. It wasn’t pretty.
Instead, I have needed to train. I train by being consistent in getting out and running multiple times a week, starting at a manageble distance and pace, alternating intervals with walking, and telling myself to just keep moving. The more I do that training program, the easier it is, and longer running intervals are possible. My focus on training makes it become a habit.
Our culture and sinful nature makes it easy to take your focus off what matters and focus on yourself, like a day designed for thanks that becomes about appearances. But if you train your focus like a running program, and become consistent in reaching your goals, your plans will become a habit and then second nature.
Don’t save thanks for a day with a giant turkey. God gives you so much every day! Each and every day we should respond like 2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV):
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
Whether you have been doing these monthly journal challenges or if the November Scripture writing is your first, don’t skip over Step 1 where you write down things you are grateful for. Do it daily. I like to start my day off with thanks to set the tone for the whole day, but the reality is that we should be doing it throughout the day.
Thanksgiving Day may be a day where you get together with family and friends and even share your items of thanks aloud with others, but let it be just another day of giving God thanks. May you be so consumed by your appreciation and awareness of all you’ve been given that you always have an answer ready to share.Don't save thanks for a day with a giant turkey. #gratitude #gratitudejournal #scripturewriting Click To Tweet
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HOW TO DO THE NOVEMBER CHALLENGE
For the whole month, start a Gratitude Journal. Focus on 1-3 things that you are grateful for each and every day. They can be broad or specific. It’s up to you! Even during the darkest of times or seasons, there is always something we can be thankful for.
Grab a notebook and write them down. And spend a moment in prayer of thanks to God for these gifts. That’s just Step 1 in the November Challenge.
Step 2 is Scripture Writing. Take a moment to quiet yourself from the busy-ness of the season and listen to God’s Word. I’ve carefully selected a different Bible verse for each day of the November Challenge.
We’re instructed to “hide God’s Word in our heart” and this is an easy way to commit a verse to memory by writing it out. Write it in your journal, write it on a 3×5 card, or write it on your bathroom mirror. Just take a moment to write it down and practice saying it throughout your day. I’ve decided to write each verse 2-3 times in my Journal each day. (Repetition is my best teacher.)
And then wrap up your day with Step 3. This is something I would encourage you to do at the end of your day. Take a moment to reflect on your day and write out a memory. What was your Favorite Part of the Day?
This is another way to stay thankful. This could be anything from an event that happened that day or as simple as your child picking up their toys without having to be asked. Try to look for the good.
Maybe you’ve heard the old hymn that says to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.” That’s what we’re doing. The more we focus on the goodness all around us, the less time we have to be negative. But also, it gives us the chance to reflect on all that God has done. As time goes on, take a second to flip back to the beginning of your Journal and see the ways that God has answered prayer and given to you in abundance! (Just another thing to increase your gratitude too!)
AND TO COMPLETE THE NOVEMBER CHALLENGE EACH DAY, LET ME KNOW HOW IT’S GOING! I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SINCERELYANCHORED.
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