Linda Dillow, in Satisfy My Thirsty Soul, gives several practical ways to cultivate a grateful heart. Here are two of the ways that she mentioned that I would like to attempt to implement in my own day to day life….
1) Thankful Triggers: Dillow describes a ‘thankful trigger’ as some thing, sound, or place that you come across frequently during your day that will ‘trigger’ or remind you to say a prayer of thanks to God. She gave examples of passing a certain church or hearing the sound of a train whistle. At this point in time, I think that I would like to try to remember to lift up thanks to God whenever I hear our new baby cry. She should be a good, regular reminder to thank my Lord at least every 2 1/2 to 3 hours for awhile =)
2) Make a Sign: Dillow shared how her daughter in law had posted a sign in her kitchen to remind her to thank God for her three young children. Here are words for me to remember as I daily care for our four precious children, ages 5 1/2, 4, 2, and 3 weeks.
What is truly important for each day?
- Sing praises and songs of worship together.
- Give thanks in ALL things.
- Hugs and kisses.
- Think before committing to a yes or no. (Try to say yes more often.)
- Stop, look, and listen when they speak.
- Respond with patience and love.
- Be consistent.
- Let the princesses dance.
- Let them help.
- Be their encourager.
- Smile and laugh.
- Sing and read God’s Word together.
- Making messes makes for fun memories.
- Start and end the day with thanksgiving to our Lord.
- Our children will not always be this little.
Train them now, but also enjoy them now!
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!