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After the past year, I really felt like I needed a new type of devotional, something that was different. I think we’re all looking for something different in just about every aspect of our lives after the events of 2020. It was a crazy hard year and this year has started off with a bang for our family personally. This is really going to be a difficult year for us. So it’s really no surprise that I was really craving a different type of devotional.
I wanted something that was very focused and creative, that allowed me to relax into it. I did not want anything that was sad or difficult. I didn’t want to be spoonfed, but I didn’t necessarily want something that was going to be extremely hard-hitting either. Do you know what I mean? I guess in other words, I wanted something that allowed me to think as deeply as I felt led to or just read it, journal, and go. I also wanted something flexible that I didn’t necessarily have to do every day, that way I could add to it if I wanted to, but if things got busy I knew I could make time for it.
Well, who knew a trip to Target would solve that problem? Target has everything! In November I ran across the book, “The Weekly Gratitude Project” and the more I poured over it and read reviews about it the more I was convinced this was just what I was looking for. I tucked it away until the beginning of 2021 and I’ve not been disappointed. I love this devotional/gratitude journal.
It’s 52 weeks long and you only have to do it once a week and it doesn’t matter when you start. It’s not dated, so that’s just another plus! There are five chapters and each chapter is themed: Purposeful: The Purpose of Gratitude, Motivations: The Reason for Gratitude, Promises: What He’s Promised, Gifts: What He’s Given and Applications: The Practice of Gratitude. Each day starts off with a verse in an easy to read version and then a devotional/application section. Then there are these amazing journaling sections that make you really think and search yourself. Great for reflection! Honestly, you could even do these daily if you wanted.
I’ve always felt like I was a really grateful person for everything and everyone in my life, but I think this book has made me really drill down on what I’m really thankful for. I’m really excited to learn how to have an even more grateful heart and to learn how to really apply it. The questions are deep and thought-provoking and may cause you to think about things you’re thankful for in a new way or at least at a deeper level. Gratitude is more than just being thankful.
Are you ready to be stretched and grow a more grateful heart? Then maybe this book is for you. Another great thing about this book is that each entry only takes a few minutes. I can see where you could really dive in and spend a good bit of time if so lead, but otherwise each one really only takes a few minutes. Looking ahead in the book, there will ones that I know I’m going to spend some time on, but isn’t that part of stretching and growing?
This journal is beautiful inside and out. It has very soothing photos throughout and the color scheme is very calming. The journaling portion has wide-spaced lines with tons of room to write and it comes with a pretty ribbon bookmark. Can you tell I’m in love with this book? I can’t wait to see how much I’m going to grow this year. So who’s in with me?
This would be a great gift too. I’m thinking Mother’s Day, birthday, or just because. It would also be great as a gift for anyone that you know that’s in ministry too, like a pastor’s wife, teacher, anyone. I think anyone would love to receive this journal. And it’s part of a series! I’ve already ordered “The Weekly Prayer Project” and there’s also “The Weekly Faith Project”.
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