We’ve all heard the term “count your blessings.” Some people use this method to help them fall asleep at night versus counting sheep. Others, practice this as a pick-me-up on a bad day. Over the last few years, however, my family has encountered bad years. A few of you may be nodding your head right now, saying, “I feel you, sister.” Unfortunately, the straight and narrow path isn’t always a flat, smooth plain like a Kansas highway. It includes steep and rocky terrain as deep as the Grand Canyon and elevations as tall as Pike’s Peak.
As you can tell I like to travel.
But as we muster through these tough years, we tend to forget the good things that came our way as well. That’s why this year, I’ve come up with a way to record all those blessings. I call it our Blessings Jar. Every time we’re blessed with something–apart from the given food, shelter, clothing, and breath–we write it down on a piece of paper, fold it, and drop it into a large Ball jar with a slotted lid. Throughout the year, we can look at the jar, see the slips of paper piling up inside, and remember that we are truly blessed. Then, at the end of the year, we will sit around the table and read each paper aloud. We will reflect on the year, no matter what it brings, and remember the good times as well.
And I predict December’s forecast will produce showers of blessings.
~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her Christmas novellas Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters are available now. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release November 1st with Pelican Book Group. For more, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.