In Matthew Henry's quote we find I Thessalonians 5:18 in action. "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." He took circumstances that we would all consider to be negative and found a way to be thankful in spite of them.
His fourth item of gratitude really speaks to me. How often I fail to be grateful for the grace that brought salvation and leads me to walk in right paths.
After reading Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts, I decided to begin my own list of gifts for 2013. Each day I write down at least five things for which I'm thankful. I know this will be a blessing for me to look back over in the coming years. It's almost a journal of what's going on in our lives as it includes everything from small, routine moments to specifically answered prayers.
I am deciding how to incorporate this idea into our daughters' lives. I'd like to have a daily time when each girl can share at least one thing for which she's thankful. Doing this at one of our mealtimes may be a natural choice.
I hope that this exercise will cultivate a gratefulness in our family that will stand strong no matter the circumstances!