Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

One List Everyone Should Keep This Year

This is a post I wrote a few years ago. I’ve updated it for publication again. It’s something I wanted to share again because it was meaningful for me. I hope you find it helpful as well.

A few years ago I stumbled upon something. I wish I could say it changed the world, but it didn’t. It only changed mine.

I’ve been journaling for a few years now, but a few years ago I did something different. During a time of prayer I felt like the Holy Spirit told me to set aside a few pages in my journal and write down every time the Lord blessed me. This sounded a little self-serving, but I did it any way.

Photo by sunshinecity

Photo by sunshinecity

I simply set aside about 5 blank pages in my journal and at the top of the first page I wrote, “My Blessings 2013.” This year it will obviously say, “My Blessings 2016.”

Every time I felt like the Lord blessed me with something I wrote down the date and what He did. I wrote several pages worth of things ranging from:

  • A friend bought me lunch today.
  • I had the opportunity to minister to someone today.
  • I went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico.
  • I got to stay in a friend’s condo for a week for free at the beach.
  • I spent some great quality time with my oldest daughter.

These are just some of the things I wrote down. It was certainly a lot more than this and many of them were personal and special for me. Many of them were simple things the Lord did to show me that He loved me.

I began to write these things down because it’s easy to have a pity party when things aren’t going well in your life. At some point in the year I’m going to have a bad day and want to give up. I also wrote them down because I wanted a tangible reminder of how much God has done for me.

Another great side affect of this list is my sense of gratitude towards the Lord and others has been substantially greater. There is nothing I hate worse than seeing a lack of gratitude in someone’s life. Even worse, a lack of gratitude produces a spirit of entitlement. I have enough issues with my life and these are two I need to avoid. In fact, the Lord doesn’t particularly care for it either. If He doesn’t like, then I try to avoid it.

Gifts are tangible expressions of love. The Bible reminds us of this in James 1:17,

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…

When I had the opportunity to review the whole list for 2013 I was pretty amazed as to how much the Lord did for me. It was almost overwhelming to think about.

Every time I was tempted to believe the lie of the enemy that God doesn’t love me I went back and reviewed the list as a reminder of God’s goodness in my life. Our emotions will lie to us, but facts are facts.

I have decided to keep another list like this again this year. It’s encouraged my faith and I bet it would do the same for yours.

Question: Will you give it a try this year?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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4 Replies

  1. Barbee

    Eric, This is awesome. I am going to do this this year!

    1. Eric

      That’s great. I’m doing it again this year.

  2. Ms Bert Savarese

    I read your post yesterday & again today…decided I would write my blessings list for this year, also. It’s such a good idea, even though I have ADD & finding blessings in the midst of chaos, it will be difficult to stay focused enough to do it each day! I did make a –good– decision about how I am going to live this year with ADD: laugh when I realize I’ve started 6 things & have been so distracted that nothing was completed! Just that decision gives me an element of peace. At 72, it has made my entire life difficult. Relationships with family members become strained because I get on their nerves! I wonder sometimes if they could imagine what it’s like to live with my brain! Yet even the ADD has its blessings, besides its grief, & I am grateful for those things.

    No resolutions but decisions! Funny how such a small blessing from the Holy Spirit has given me peace today. Glad I am on your mailing list!

    1. Eric

      Indeed, it can be hard to keep up with. I find myself losing track sometimes, but I try to go back and do it when I think about it. I’ve come to realize that writing something down is better than nothing. I’m glad you found it helpful. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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