My Thankful Trigger

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.
  • Pray.
  • 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!

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

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