“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good.” Psalm 136a
There are oh so many reasons why its a good idea to keep a thankfulness journal! For starters, scripture commands us to thank the Lord again and again. It helps guard our hearts from discontentment or envy, and reminds us of the many reasons we have to be joyful.
That’s why I was so intrigued when I saw these simple journals recently produced by Memoria Press. As I mentioned in this post, they are advertised under their special needs curriculum products but I really think they are appropriate for any student!
I follow the suggestion given in the opening guidelines of the book and light a candle while the children write in their journals. I like how this marks the event as special and helps create a suitable mood. We probably won’t do this every single morning, but I hope to keep it a regular occurrence. Not only are they reaping so many great benefits now, but they are creating special keepsakes that I know we’ll love to look back on some day!
What do the books include?
Here is a picture of the Beginner level. Every page has a different verse or line from a poem or song on it. The verses in the Intermediate book are similar but often contain longer portions of the same scripture.
While the Beginner book numbers the lines #1-5 for listing blessings, the Intermediate level just gives blank lines for more freedom in writing. I have encouraged Eliana to aim for between 3-6 blessings a day, but am not requiring an exact number.
There are 75 pages like the ones above, so plenty of space for using it at least 3 times a week. Another bonus is the added cursive practice from tracing!
And that’s it! Not curriculum, exactly, just a short and sweet way to record their blessings.