Happy New Year to all my faithful readers!! I hope you all enjoyed time with your families and friends over the holiday season. Did you try any new recipes? My family loved the macaroni pie! It didn’t last long enough for me to get a picture of it! We enjoyed playing games, watching football games, and just hanging around the house with each other. The boys each had friends over on New Year’s Eve…except for Ben, who went over to the home of one of his friends.
This Blessings Jar idea is not original with me. My friend Joanie has been talking about it on her Facebook page. I think that it is such a good idea that I want to share it with you all. It is not a kitchen tip, recipe, or meal idea, but it is still something great that you can do on your own, with your family as a whole, or with each of your children. It is a great way to help children see the blessings in life!
Take a one-quart canning jar and decorate it with a nice ribbon or some such thing and label it “Blessings, 2013.” Make a stack of small pieces of paper…sticky note size will work…you could even use sticky notes…just fold each piece when done. Each evening before going to bed, think back through your day. Did something special happen? Did the Lord answer a specific prayer? Did you begin to pray for something specific? Write down one thought or blessing on the paper and add the date. Drop it in your jar. You can do this each evening, a few nights a week, or just once a week. By the time the holidays roll around next year and we are once again on the eve of a new year, you will have lots of reminders of how the Lord blessed you during 2013. Letting each of your children have his own jar to keep on his nightstand will help him to see how God can bless even the littlest ones in our families! Mom, Dad or older siblings can help the small children by writing down what they want. If you choose to do the Blessings Jar as a family, keep the jar on the kitchen counter or where you might have your family worship time. If the jar is visible, it won’t get forgotten!