In 2002, I launched a little blog on another website. Blogging was relatively new, and I was learning right along with every other blogger out there, but I loved expressing thoughts and ideas to those who were willing to read them! It was on that blog that I first began a “Thirty Days of Gratitude” each November. No, the general concept wasn’t original with me, but I took a slightly different approach—not just focusing on gratitude but emphasizing the importance of expressing that gratitude. The response was quite honestly overwhelming and prompted me to carry the annual tradition with me when I launched Petals from the Basket several years later.
So why am I posting about this in September? As my husband is outside preparing the house for the cold months ahead, I am reminded that November is literally just around the corner. This “gearing up” post is plenty early so that you have time to purchase a copy of my book Petals of Gratitude and join us this November for our annual month-long focus on expressing gratitude.
Yes, we should be and must be thankful every single day of the year! That’s why there are currently many popular books on the market that encourage readers to list things they are thankful for. However, as I stated above, the goal of this book is to help us set aside a specific amount of time to focus on the habit of expressing that gratitude.
My first posting for “30 Days of Gratitude” on the Petals from the Basket website was in 2012. It was such a reader favorite that I did it again in 2013. However, in 2014, life happened, and with caring for my father in his last months with Parkinson’s disease, I didn’t take the time to continue the annual tradition. But “30 Days of Gratitude” returned in 2015, culminating in the publishing of this book.
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20, ESV).
Will you join me in working through this little book during the month of November? We’ll go through the book together, and there will even be giveaways and special incentives throughout the month!
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