What is the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge?
Gratitude is the act of appreciating what you have. It’s having a heart of thanksgiving. The 30-Day Gratitude challenge which should be done with a guided Journal is a commitment to recognize and record what you’re grateful for daily. It’s an invitation to practice daily gratitude and form a new habit.
Writing down a gratitude list in the 30-Day Gratitude Journal daily will help train your brain to reflect and remember all the things you’re grateful for. It helps you express your appreciation to God for what He has blessed you with both physically and spiritually.
The Power of a 30-Day Gratitude Challenge
- It’s focused and specific- in this way you get inspired to achieve your goal of being more grateful
- It’s not overwhelming- because there’s a specific start and end date, forming a new habit becomes achievable and not daunting
- 30 days is a great way to test and experiment a new habit you’re interested in forming
- 30 days is an average full month. It helps your brain to dedicate a full month to practicing a new habit
- A month is enough time to start seeing results and the more you start to see results, the more you want to continue practicing the new habit
Why is Gratitude Important?
Since the Holy Bible is the authority in our lives as believers in Jesus Christ we need to look to it for help in understanding why gratitude is important.
1. Gratitude is God’s will for us
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
This is one of the most powerful reasons why we give thanks. It is God’s will for us. End of story. God wants us to give thanks in the good, the bad and the ugly times. You know why? Because of Romans 8:28.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.“Romans 8:28
We give thanks to God in all circumstances because He is using everything we have, everything we’re going through, every gift we have for His purpose. He is working it all for our good.
2. Gratitude is a powerful way to fight worry and anxiety
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus“Philippians 4:6-7
When we pray to God and give him all our worries and anxieties and follow that through with a time of thanksgiving, the Bible promises us that we will receive the supernatural peace of God.
So if you’re worried and anxious about your children, your health, the economy, job security and all the things that can trouble a mom in the 21st century, remember that gratitude is a powerful weapon to fight worry and anxiety.
3. Gratitude helps to renew your mind
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.“Romans 12:2
The reality is the world we live in is so broken, full of hurt, disasters, violence and hate. Just watch the news for a few hours and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
But as God’s children we’re called to have our minds renewed and transformed to become more like God and gratitude- focusing on the positives in our lives will help renew our minds.
Renewing our minds is keeping the focus on God and what He’s doing. It’s living by faith not by sight. It’s not denying what’s happening in the world, but it’s not dwelling on it but rather on God’s word, His ways and His work.
4. Gratitude helps you become more content and strong
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me“Philippians 4:11-13
Apostle Paul learned to live in plenty and with very little but because he was grateful for each and every circumstance, he was content through each and every season. Through the power of Jesus Christ, he learnt to be strong and content in life. You can too!
5. Gratitude helps you remember all God has done
“Bless the Lord, O my soul,Psalm 103:2
And forget not all His benefits“
“as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,”2 Peter 1:3
We give God the thanks because of all His benefits. We enter His presence with thanksgiving because He deserves all the glory and honor and praise. As a loving Father, He has given us all things that we need for this life.
The best way to effectively do a 30-Day Gratitude challenge is to use a 30-Day Guided Gratitude Journal which is what I created just for you!
The Benefits of the 30-Day Challenge Gratitude Journal
1. Helps you form a new habit
Becoming a grateful person is not something you just wake up doing. It takes some time, effort and practice. So you need to challenge yourself to learn something new!
When you’re forming a new habit, 30 days is a great amount of time to dedicate to it. Start with listing 3-5 things you’re grateful for each day. An in 30 days of consistency, you’ll be amazed at the transformation you’ll experience.
2. Gives you Gratitude Journal prompts
Have you ever sat down to write a gratitude list and your mind goes blank? The 50 gratitude prompts in the 30-Day Gratitude Journal will help you get started in making that daily list.
3. Daily Bible verses to reflect on
A verse a day makes us grow our faith in God. As you read and reflect on a Bible verse a day, you’ll be reminded of the benefits of gratitude from God’s word.
4. The power of a Gratitude habit tracker
When you’re forming a new habit, a tracker helps to motivate you and the progress you’re making everyday. As you color in the Gratitude habit tracker, you’ll be inspired to continue being consistent and gain momentum as you grow in gratitude.
5. Scripture cards to remind you of your gratitude journey
Downloadable Gratitude scripture cards are a great reminder on your gratitude journey. The key is to put them somewhere where you can regularly see the verse so you can memorize it and remember it when you need it.
You can print and cut the verses and place them on your kitchen sink window, bathroom mirror, dressing table mirror, car dashboard or anywhere where you constantly look at to remember to apply what you’re learning.
My Encouragement to you
Starting a new habit is not easy. But the 30-Day Gratitude Journal will challenge and inspire you on the journey. It will push you to be consistent. The guided Journal will help you practice gratitude daily and the transformation in your life will be so worth it. Grab your Journal today!
Heavenly Father, thank you for all the blessings You’ve given me. I give You all the glory, honor and praise. Teach me to be more grateful. Help me to practice gratitude daily. I know this is Your will for me.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.