Lent Challenge 2

Our challenge this week is to express gratitude. Make a point to thank those in your life who you might not often thank. It could be a stranger or someone you see every day. If you can, do this every day this week. Another thing you could do is make a list of three things you are grateful for every day. Be specific and think of things that you might not normally think of when you are thinking of what you are thankful for.

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Practice of Gratitude – By Gord

In the middle of daily living, which values, when you remember them, most transform your behaviour, or your attitude?  For me, gratitude is one such powerful soul-shifting value.  In any moment …  gratitude makes my day, and ME, better.  If I am grouchy, if I am bitter, if I am sad, if I am content, if I am giddy, if I am pushing hard at a job, to remember and to choose to be thankful changes everything! It turns me inside out – from me … to another to whom I give thanks.  Choosing to be grateful makes me scan the environment for blessing rather than deficiency, gifts received rather than blame deserved.  It gives me a sense of capacity and being beloved, rather than being a victim.

Gratitude – By Stacey

In 2016, I took part in a gratitude challenge, that changed my life. After hearing about the #365grateful challenge on social media, I decided to challenge myself to take a picture every day of the year of something I was grateful for, post it on Instagram using the #365grateful hashtag and share with my friends and family.

So I began, for the whole year, I took a picture almost every day of something I was grateful for. I learned to take time to appreciate small things that I had not paid attention to before, I learned to better appreciate the people in my life and how they contributed to my happiness and shared my sorrows, I learned that when you set out to do something as a practice, when you do it every day, it starts to seep into who you are as a person. My gratitude challenge on social media only lasted for the year. I didn’t reach the goal of posting something every day, but I did do pretty well. What I gained in understanding and appreciation has stayed with me every day since.

Every day, I am grateful, and I look at gratitude as a daily prayer that I can give to God, for all the amazing things that I have in my life. It has made me a more compassionate person, a calmer parent, a better partner to my husband and a more thoughtful friend. Every day, I give thanks knowing that all these gifts come from God, and I need to appreciate them so that I can truly live.

Learn more about the gratitude project and its founder, Hailey Bartholomew, with videos and stories.


Brene Brown talks about the connection between joy in our lives and practice of gratitude.

Take a look at Gratefulness.org, where you can view a daily question to uplift grateful awareness.


The Gratitude Podcast offers interviews and stories from inspiring people every week!

The Gratitude Podcast

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown – from daringtolivefully.com

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