Every year, once fall is in full swing, I can’t help but think one thing: Bring on November.
I’m rather partial to the eleventh month on the calendar, because I love crisp days with crunch-crunch-crunching leaves, it’s my birthday month, and it also means that crisp days will soon turn into snowy days once December arrives. For me, November feels like a gift box overflowing with childhood nostalgia and colored by deep maroons, reds, and purples.
But even better than sentimental feelings, I adore the privilege of steeping in the good stuff of gratitude with you throughout November! I’m giddy when I write about gratitude—because I want you to catch its contagious joy. Because every single day we are showered with blessings from the Lord. It’s not a light shower, either. It’s a full-on downpour of His goodness!
So as we look toward turning the pages of our calendars from October to November, I am altogether overjoyed to dive into the topic of gratitude with you in the coming weeks.
But today I’m here to offer a special invitation: Will you join me on a joy journey in November?
This joy journey is really simple. I’ve got five steps you can follow—or you can chart a path of your very own! No matter how we approach it, let’s make November a month of true gratitude.
5 Steps to a Joy Journey
1. Take the Revive Our Hearts 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
Could you use a daily reminder to worship God instead of whining about your circumstances? I know I could. On Wednesday, November 1, the Revive Our Hearts 30-Day Gratitude Challenge begins! (That’s next week!)
To take the challenge, all you need is an email address. And for thirty days you’ll receive an email that includes a devotional and a few action steps to help you choose gratitude instead of grumbling.
Imagine how God will change your heart and mine if we come to Him and say, “Lord, in these next thirty days, teach me to overflow with gratitude to you!”
The deadline to sign up for the Gratitude Challenge is October 31—so don’t wait! Even if this is the only joy journey step you put into action, I’d be thrilled. I don’t want you to miss the blessings that could await you during thirty days of focused gratitude.
2. Read Choosing Gratitude by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.
If I were to pick an emoji to encapsulate this book, I’d have to choose the praise hands. I know that we recommend Choosing Gratitude every year, but I simply don’t tire of inviting you to read it. Because we need to grasp how vital it is to our Christian lives to choose gratitude every single day of the year!
I read Choosing Gratitude for a second time this summer, and my heart was broken by how entitled, critical, and negative my spirit is when, instead, it should be joyful, humble, and gracious!
(Here’s a little insiders’ tip for you: We’re giving away a copy here on the blog tomorrow!)
3. Memorize Psalm 118:28–29.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Memorize these two verses with me, and repeat them every day in November. What better way to remind our hearts to be grateful than to rehearse God’s own Word to us?
4. Consider the gift of the gospel through this worship hymn, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery.”
One of my favorite worship hymns, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery,” walks me through the gospel, focusing my heart on Jesus Christ—our victorious and reigning King.
I can’t listen to it or sing along without grateful tears welling in my eyes. The mysterious realities of the gospel should make our hearts burst with gratitude and worship. Thank you, Jesus!
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption;
See the Father’s plan unfold.
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold.
(Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker)
5. Bake something fabulous, and give it away.
This one is just for (delicious) fun. Take one of my favorite cupcake recipes, pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple frosting courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa, and bake a batch! Then pack them up and give them away as a day-maker to someone. After all, true gratitude fuels true generosity.
So will you take this joy journey with me in November? Those five steps aren’t required assignments, just ideas to get you started on the path toward gratitude!
Do you have other ideas? Tell me about them! Did you sign up for the Gratitude Challenge? Order a copy of Choosing Gratitude? Let me know! Let’s journey to joy together next month!