Thanksgiving Prompts 2022
It is November and while it is my practice to express my gratitude every day, during this month I follow some pattern or list. Being grateful is probably one of the most important things I do as a habit. It has many benefits including sleep, relationships, resilience and happiness.
Here are my 2022 Thanksgiving prompts. Feel free to join me:
Nov 1. The best part of today …was hearing about a friend’s son who is healing from an accident both physically and spiritually. I also enjoyed spending time with friends at Bunco – even when I don’t win, it is fun.
Nov 2. One generous thing I recently experienced….I was gifted with a day at Disneyland with my bestie and her family. Some people become your family – I am blessed by those who have become mine! It was an amazing day.
Nov 3. One thing that always makes me feel better when I am down ….is tea & scones or a phone call with a friend or a “glue” movie – am I right?!
Nov 4. I am grateful for the abundance in my life. I have more than enough money, time, love, friends, stuff, et al. Giving thanks for the abundance is sweeter than the blessings of much.
Nov. 5 – One thing I love about my daily schedule is both the rhythm and the variety with the ability to flex if I need to. Though I cannot say I am thankful for the long commute, I do enjoy the opportunity to listen to books, podcasts and talk to friends far away.
Nov. 6 – What I know to be true is Jesus. And I am humbled and thankful by the truth that He loves me.
Nov. 7 – One God-given talent I have been given that I am grateful to share is my ability to creatively problem solve. Added to this is being a bit of a MacGyver (“to make, form, or repair (something) with what is conveniently on hand.”) as I analyze and design a solution. There is a stubborn tenacity that will not let me quit until I have figured something out.
Nov. 8th – One family member for whom I am always grateful…I could say many names because I am thankful for most all of my family but because this prompt came up today I will say my husband Jim Mohler who would have been 67 today. He was a magician, a puppeteer, a comedian, a musician and a joyful reflection of Jesus. He had an infectious laugh, taught with integrity and mentored with encouragement and sincerity like I imagine Barnabas did. He was smart and resourceful. He was steady and faithful. A 7 on the enneagram he brought fun into every life he touched – especially mine!
Nov. 9 – One person I can always count on …I am so thankful for the people who have walked through this life with me, or at least a portion of the journey, and I feel so fortunate that I have more than one person from whom to choose for this post. I have, like many of you, people who refresh and challenge me and still see me and love me. Even though I don’t see them often these days, I am more than blessed by one couple – Dennie & Diana Clemetson – you really can’t name one without the other. Many of you who will read this would put the same answer.
Nov. 10 – Something I appreciate about mornings …that they only come once every day! (And they don’t last long!)
Nov. 11 – My favorite thing at the end of the day … is saying thank you to the Lord, reading in bed, and the hope of a great big beautiful tomorrow
I am thankful for all those who have served for my freedom. God Bless you! My dad was in the army and served in Korea
Nov. 12 – A piece of advice I am glad I received …always say thank you. Don’t forget to stop and be appreciative. Never forget to spread joy and kindness.
Nov. 13 – A friend I cherish …I am beyond blessed with friends. I consider myself rich because of the treasure trove of relationships I have. I cannot just list one and if I list some I know I will unintentionally leave off someone else. Hey cherished one, You know who you are! Thank you for making my life so amazing. I am who I am because you are in it.
Nov. 14 – A great life hack …Life hacks are quick tips, ingenious solutions and clever techniques, or shortcuts that make little tasks easier. You can also think of them as creative, improvised solutions to common problems. I have several but the one I use most often involves Dawn dish soap. Not only does it clean dishes but it is a great spot remover, ant and weed killer, glass and window defogger, hair & toilet unclogger, door lubricant and is still gentle enough to clean up oil spills in the pacific northwest! I am glad it was invented.
Nov. 15 – An everyday item that I depend on but usually take for granted …not that I mean to, but I often forget to be thankful for indoor plumbing, air travel, and sanitation workers.
Nov. 16 – A book that I loved this year …if I have to narrow it to one I would say The Boys by Ron & Clint Howard or Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan or The Lincoln Highway or…
Nov. 17 – One thing that is better than last year …is less isolation and new and renewed friendships.
Nov. 18 – I wouldn’t be who I am today without the help and influence of …my parents. Though I know the day will come when I can no longer count on them I will always be grateful for the sacrifices they made for me, for the love and the life they have given me.
Nov. 19 – A blessing in disguise …I do miss my Moondoggie (2015 Subaru CrossTrek) that was totaled in April. Now I have a sweet new ride – Betty White (2022 Subaru Crosstrek)!
Nov. 20 – One of my greatest life lessons …Jesus Loves Me this I know….A God who loves …Wow!
Nov. 21 – Something that brings me great joy – probably my greatest pleasure and privilege is my children: Clayton Mohler (& Amanda) and Emily Osborn (& Connor Osborn). Like the apostle John, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4
Nov. 22 – A recent purchase for which I am thankful …a plane ticket to Philly, PA in the middle of November to celebrate the engagement of Clay & Amanda and spend an amazing weekend with her family!
Nov. 23 – An obstacle I have overcome this year has nothing to do with my own courage or perseverance, yet it is something for which I am most grateful. Too many people I have had the privilege of working with at church have had to be let go through no fault of their own. I am grieving this season in the life of our church but with bittersweet joy I am still employed. Join me in praying for those now looking for employment wherever they are.
Nov. 24 – A recent time I was truly at peace. shalom. eudaemonia. My sense of wellbeing comes with eucharisto which means giving thanks or expressing gratitude. May it be the habit of my life.
Nov. 25 – An app or website I use every day that adds value to my life…Duolingo.
Nov. 26 -. 3 aspects of my job for which I am thankful …1. The people I have worked with and for 2. The friends made & community shared 3. I have one!
Nov. 27 – 3 of my favorite possessions …1. jewelry Jim has given me. 2. memories stored and disguised as photos and mementos 3. my education
Nov. 28 – One thing I have done for the first time recently … Hug my son’s fiancee! (Can you tell I am excited for the one God prepared?!)
Nov. 29 – Someone who made me smile today …these 2.
Nov. 30 – A thank you note I sent or received …People learning to say thank you is huge. It is even better when it is said by my kids, who recently texted me a thank you!