15-Minute Formation: Gratitude Journal

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).

The  other day I listened to a powerful radio-show podcast on gratitude featuring R.T. Kendall. Kendall encourages listeners to intentionally pause and reflect with gratitude through the practice of journalling. “What I do now every day,” Kendall explained, “is read my journal from yesterday, go through every item, and thank the Lord for every little thing. Do you know how long it takes? About 20 seconds.”

What an easy, meaningful practice! Kendall is a journaller like me in the sense that he likes to record and describe all sorts of thoughts and events in a given day. But God made us all different — and for some, the idea of all that writing is just not a good fit.

Another very, very simple way of keeping a gratitude journal is simply committing to write just one (or maybe just three) items each day that you’re thankful for.

Even if you are unable to keep a journal long-term, perhaps you can commit  just for this week to create a short list of “thank yous” to God. If you’re willing to commit just 15-minutes to prayerful gratitude-journalling, I can guarantee your list will NOT be short!

Ah . . . so, so much to receive, to treasure, to be grateful for.

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2 responses to “15-Minute Formation: Gratitude Journal

  1. Thankyou so much for your post this morning! Journaling is one of the highlights of my day. I always love to hear others expound upon the subject. Kendall is a dynamic man of God. He has such discipline! I am striving to be more consistent, which has always been a struggle! Journaling has always been an accountability to God for me. Thankyou for reminding me.

  2. What a beautiful way to be thankful. I am definitely planning to incorporate this idea into my life. Thank you!

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