Counting our blessings is easy when something “big” happens in the family. Maybe Daddy gets a promotion or God provides a new family car or home. Perhaps Grandma is released from the hospital and everyone feels relief and blessing combined. Life-changing events or expensive provisions are more noticeable and therefore easier to remember to thank God for.
But what about God’s abundant provision in the small things?
You know, the little things that we often take for granted and fail to notice? Today I wanted to remind us, myself included for sure, that God’s graciousness abounds in the small things. Let’s take notice of 5 ways to count the “little” blessings of life! Ready?
- Take a walk and collect items from nature.
Whether winter, spring, summer, or fall, the outdoors provides many reminders of the seemingly small things for which we can be grateful. More specifically, you might look for unusual stones, beautiful flowers, or colorful leaves. Acorns, nuts, or shells are all terrific examples too.
- Create a “thankful album” on your smartphone and spend a day noticing “little” blessings as you go throughout your day.
Take a photo of each item as you see it, then review your photos at the end of the day, giving God thanks for the sweet collection. Doing this individually within your family and then comparing photos after dinner or before bedtime would be a ton of fun.
- Make a special list of the people whose lives are intersected with yours daily.
It’s easy to take our daily routine for granted and especially easy to fail in giving thanks to God for the people who provide our daily services. I think a start to our family’s list would include the school bus driver, the mailman, the caregivers who help our family with our special needs child, the grocery cashier, and school teachers. This list could double as a prayer list too.
- Give us this day our daily bread.
The Lord’s Prayer includes a simple line that reminds us to be thankful for our daily supply of food. Perhaps for one day, you could track a list of the food you eat and remember more specifically to be thankful for God’s abundant provision of rice, meat, vegetables, cereal, juice or whatever your meals consist of. Pizza and chocolate are HUGE blessings!
- Remember to give thanks for one another.
Being thankful and grateful for one another, as well as to one another, is very important as a family; the daily grind of life can make us forgetful in this area of giving thanks. One of our family’s Thanksgiving rituals is to go around the table and say what you are thankful for about the person next to you. It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving for this sweet way of giving thanks for the gift of each other!
For a sweet reminder to focus on God’s provision in the small things, read Precious Moments Happy Harvest together as a family. As the leaves change and fields yield their fruit, it is time to celebrate a Happy Harvest with all of God’s creation! Talk with your children about God’s beautiful world in autumn and all the joys it holds—falling leaves, big round pumpkins, warm cider, and crackling fires that bring us closer together.
This charming board book will remind you of all your favorite aspects of the harvest season and invite you and your children to thank God for His abundant provision.
How are you counting the monumental ways God provides through the little things of life? We’d love to read about them in the comments.