things I’m grateful for

Discontent colors my life too often.  It leaves me weakened to depression and jealousy, both things I’ve struggled with heavily, this summer in particular.

Caroline (bless you) recommended making a list of things I’m grateful for.  I’ve done this before, and I can testify that it is one of the single greatest things we can do to combat any sort of depression, discontent, restlessness, loneliness — anything, really.  My journals have several of these lists in them.  Maybe these little things in life can encourage you too.

  • fall hikes
  • coffee
  • coffee dates
  • breeze
  • lake breezes
  • summer rainstorms
  • lakes
  • sunshine
  • cookies
  • iced tea
  • shopping
  • movie theatres
  • friendships
  • pride and prejudice
  • facetime
  • blankets
  • couches
  • sand
  • iced coffee
  • chocolate
  • gel pens
  • the internet
  • texting
  • cameras
  • creek water
  • the smell of camping
  • the smell of food
  • the smell of a house
  • roses
  • photo filters
  • bridges
  • water
  • flip flops
  • blonde hair
  • crickets
  • pencils
  • thick paper
  • quiet winter drawing afternoons
  • pumpkin lattes
  • bonfires
  • birthday balloons
  • Christmas
  • sparkling snow
  • swimming
  • hotels
  • Louisville
  • thick duvets
  • lilacs
  • old videos
  • piano
  • playing piano together
  • photographs
  • weddings
  • white
  • black
  • flowers
  • ballet class
  • pointe shoes
  • show season
  • dead leaves
  • circle games
  • sitting quietly
  • one-on-ones
  • being congratulated
  • cool nights
  • cool afternoons
  • soccer
  • sitting in grass
  • standing in water
  • collecting pebbles
  • drawing
  • song lyrics
  • picking grass apart
  • Akron
  • playgrounds
  • rainy days
  • dew
  • paintings
  • clear glass
  • modern architecture
  • neutral clothes
  • birthday parties
  • mafia (the game)
  • apples to apples
  • backyard soccer
  • prayer meetings
  • soft green grass
  • piano music
  • sleepovers
  • makeup
  • camp rules
  • ice skating
  • youth group
  • singing
  • chords
  • music
  • talking about life
  • schoolwork
  • blog posts
  • manners
  • dandelions in spring
  • candy bars
  • mochas
  • coffee shops
  • cafés
  • dresses
  • instagram
  • cake
  • skittles
  • wind in my hair
  • drum beats
  • bass lines
  • new clothes
  • rustling leaves
  • light from a window
  • trusting someone

 

I’m thinking about getting a journal to fill with a never-ending list of things I love in life. Little and big.  Once you start, you can’t stop because you realize there is more and more and more that is so good.

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5 Replies to “things I’m grateful for”

    1. Thanks, Kara — I was hoping it would be :] it’s so good to remind ourselves of the little lovely things, the things that help us hold on when we feel like dropping. I know I’ve been anxious about autumn coming — but now that it’s here, I’m remembering things I love about the season that are so beautiful.

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  1. It’s so easy to groan about the things and situations in our life that aren’t great. It’s harder to be thankful for what we do have, and thank God for what good there is in our life. Thanks for this encouraging post.

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