January first of 2016, my family started what we call a “blessings jar.” Throughout the year, when we’re blessed beyond the everyday goodness of God, we write that blessing on a piece of paper, fold it, and tuck it in a Mason jar.
A lot happens in a year, and sometimes we tend to remember the bad more than the good. And what a blessing this blessings jar was when we opened it up on New Year’s Eve, dumped the paper pieces on the table, and took turns reading them aloud.
- Safety when vehicles broke down.
- Overtime when extra money was needed.
- Family members making it through surgery well.
- Our dinner being paid for.
- Bonus checks.
- Free books.
- My writing career taking unexpected–and amazing–turns.
Just to name a few. Many we had forgotten about with time. Talk about making your heart sing!
Our jar has been emptied in preparation for another year. I’m excited to see what blessings will fill the glass.
~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her latest novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is available at major online retailers. Preserving Liberty, coming soon! For more, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.