Cultivating Thankfulness

8 Oct 2019, 17:13 // Jess Hughes

Have you ever found yourself longing to relive some of your favourite moments in life? I often wish I could take snippets of some of my best days, such as my graduation or when I lived in Hong Kong, and store them up in a box so I can step back into them whenever I want.

Over the summer I decided to take up a new creative project, a way for me to look back with fondness at those precious times and also to thank God for what He did in and through me then. So, I bought myself a set of watercolours and began painting the places which have been significant to me throughout my life. Once I’ve finished I turn it over and write down all the reasons I am thankful for that specific time and place, leaving me feeling very joyful.

It’s no surprise that I feel so good at the end of the process. Throughout the Psalms we often hear how David pauses to give thanks for all God has done. Psalm 9:1-2 says;

‘I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;

I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.’

I’ve come to realise the importance of finding ways to cultivate thankfulness in my life. My hope is that, one day, I will be able to look back at all my paintings with a joy filled heart while being thankful for all the incredible things I’ve been able to do with God up to this point in my life.

What are some of the ways you can create opportunities to be thankful for what God has done and is doing in your life?

I would love to hear what ideas you come up with, let me know how it goes.