An Exercise in Thankfulness

Praise the Lord!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1 (NLT)


Ever wake up and think “Nothing is going right. Everything is wrong. I don’t want to adult today?” Me too. I’ve discovered something that helps me get past the “my life is terrible” blues. Giving Thanks. Seriously, it works. I’m going to list a series of topics below. You fill in the blanks.


Yesterday, I was thankful for: _______________________________ (think over yesterday and pick one (or more) things)

Today, I am thankful for: ____________________________ (even if you can’t think of anything else you are breathing)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(something about where you live)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(something about your family)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a person in your life)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(something about God)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a part of your body)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a possibility)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(a dream you have)

I am thankful for: _______________________________(fill in with anything you want)


Each day, I’d like to challenge you to start out thanking God for what happened yesterday and for being alive today. Then, start thanking him for the possibilities. It adjusts our thinking so we realize that there is a lot to be thankful for and sometimes all it takes is a little shift of focus.

-Elaine (

Written by Diane Levy


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