Showing gratitude in both word and deed.
In our home we pen thank you notes up the wazoo (I'm quite sure it's a lost art form at this point).
At dinner, we tell one amazing thing that happened in our day and describe why we're thankful for it.
We carry lunch sacks of food in the car to hand out to the homeless we encounter at stoplights. You can laugh...my man did when he first heard about it...
We regularly donate to food pantries and rescue ministries.
When we pray? We start with our thanks and then move on to the other things...
However, I've found one of the best ways to teach the girls gratitude in giving is in the sponsorship of Compassion children. We write letters, send birthday and Christmas gifts, and sponsor monthly. Our chicks love hearing about the lives they touch on the other side of the globe. Our hearts, as parents, melt when they suggest purchasing goats and chickens as gifts. Smile.
We're trying to teach them that it is both a choice and a responsibility to give. We desire that the gratitude they feel for what we've been given will pour our and bless others, near and far. We hope to demonstrate by example that it is far better to give than to receive.
How do you cultivate gratitude in your heart and home? We do it with compassion...for each other and for those we've yet to meet, with a heart of thanksgiving.