Showing Gratitude with the Littlest Things

Gratitude is a word that I try to adhere to on a daily basis. The definition is pretty black and white, pulled from ::

gratitude :: noun :: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

I don’t typically use the word grateful as much as I do thankful. Matter of fact, I pretty much use them synonymously! Right or wrong, that’s me being transparent. I was just having a discussion with my husband on Gratitude. We have recently moved in to a home that I know for a fact was meant for us. I walk through my home daily thanking God for this home, because I know He is responsible for this. There is no other explanation. That is my daily prayer to Him! As I’m doing the dishes, I’m thankful (hard to believe, right?!?!) 🙂 As I’m folding laundry, I’m thankful. As I’m walking up the stairs or down the hall, I’m thankful! And on and on…

Why am I sharing this with you. It is on my heart to show you the simple acts you you too can do to show gratitude – not big, huge gratitude for huge things in your life. Small daily things. For example, here are some daily occurrences that I have recently been showing gratitude for (some you may laugh):

  • I was running SO behind at church a few weeks ago and just said a little prayer for favor for a parking spot – as I was bringing the three girls on my own that week. The CLOSEST spot to the entrance was open and no one was around to fight for it. “Thank you God!”
  • The parking spot pattern continued throughout my travels that week with my Husband away. Every time. “Thank you God!”
  • The red light that is typically red on my daily, planned schedules was magically green. “Thank you God!”
  • That song that I needed to hear at that exact moment at the exact hour in the exact minute – which spoke directly to MY soul. “Thank you God!”

Are you believe that God is giving you the little blessings that you may be overlooking? I challenge you to look at your daily life and daily happenings. Think about what you are praying for. Analyze how God is answering. I’m so thankful for a loving God that answers our needs – no matter how small they may be in mine or His eyes. 🙂

I have been talking to my children about this as much as possible. Being that they are 6, 3 and 1…they can’t always understand. I have been really focusing on small, real life examples – and sharing my little daily acts of gratitude with them. We do a LOT of talking. A lot. So why not focus on what we are thankful for. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up quickly, I want to make sure their hearts are definitely in the right place. It helps to read them simple, easy to understand books with them to drive a point home, giving them a simple message to grasp.

We are blessed with an amazing family. My children know this. This post Mother’s Day, we took a family photo so that it can place as a reminder that we have oh so much to be thankful for. I originally blogged it HERE. I will leave you with that.

What are you thankful for? What have you been blessed with in the Gratitude department that you may have been overlooking? Please share, I would love to hear from you!! 🙂

Shannon is much more than a 7-letter name. Her life consists of three little ladies and an amazing husband of 11+ years. Outside of her blogging life at and, you can find her hovering over anything chocolate and peanut butter then running it off whenever she has a chance. Running fills her cup so she can take care of the family God has blessed her with. She is a wordy, type-A, OCD Momma who loves fashion, running, cute babies and more importantly her family and her God. {Life motto :: Phil 4:13}