My Thanksgiving Jar

Years ago, I decided to start a thanksgiving jar. After an answered prayer, a praise, a victory, or just something I was thankful for I’d scribble it down on a strip of paper, fold it up, and put it in a glass jar.

Every Thanksgiving, I go back and read through every scrap piece of paper to remind myself of God’s faithfulness and wisdom to answer some prayers but not others.

I laugh. I cry.

Afterwards, I empty out my jar and begin to fill it up again.

My jar isn’t fancy. It’s not even a legit mason jar. It used to be a jar from some random food item where I cleaned it out and thought,

“That looks kinda cool.”

Yeah. I’m one of those people.

Each year I’ve done this as my own personal way of keeping track of what God is doing in my life.

It’s encouraging and humbling.

Today, as I was reading through my jar, God began to reveal to me this insight: The jar was once empty, but now it is full of God’s love.

But isn’t that what we are?

Weren’t we once vessels full of everything that would never fill us?

Once we’ve accepted Jesus as our personal savior and invited Holy Spirit into our lives, we’re cleaned out and redeemed.

Then, we were filled up with God’s bottomless love.

I’ve read about other people making their own similar type of jar, so I’m not claiming this idea originated with me. However, I encourage every believer to start their own thanksgiving jar.

Throughout the year, when we’re having a tough day or season, we can pop open our jar and remind our fickle emotions about the steady and true Creator of the universe, and what He has already done for us.

My Thanksgiving jar:


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