Let never day nor night unhallowed pass; but still remember what the Lord hath done. – William Shakespeare
The sun rose at 7:48 this morning and the temperature was -9° Fahrenheit. On these bitterly cold, dark mornings I easily slip into silent complaints or audible grumbling.
But that’s not how I want to spend the winter months. So I decided to celebrate 30 days of Thanksgiving starting now, just like some people choose to do during November to extend the celebration of Thanksgiving Day. I’m going to cultivate a heart of gratitude to God during the difficult days of winter.
Today I’m thankful for warm layers.
Flannel sheets and fluffy blankets keep me comfortable through the night. (And Chester enjoys this cozy spot during the day.)
A plaid wool blanket beckons me to sit down and enjoy a cup of French roast coffee.
Wool sweaters provide extra protection from the cold.
Throughout my home I’ve spread invitations to be warm and to refresh myself.
Making a home comfortable is worthwhile. It can set the tone for the day and bring joy into a stark, cold season.
How do you cultivate gratitude? Do you have any special rituals to keep warm during the winter months?