Why do we say “thank you?”
Usually it’s because someone did something nice for us or gave us something we wanted. It’s a nice way to let them know we appreciate what they did!
But how often do we say “thank you” to God? God has given us so much: A family that loves us, friends to laugh with, food to eat, and bodies that run all day without us reminding the heart to beat or the lungs to breathe. Even on the bad days, there is a lot to be thankful for!
What’s one gift that you are thankful for today?
I am thankful for walks and sights in nature.
If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, check it out to see some other awesome nature captures: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/11/17/take-a-hike/
Now, read the following story about a young girl named Serah. Serah didn’t have an easy life. But even when she didn’t have much, she had a secret weapon: being grateful.
Serah is a young girl who lives in a small town in Kenya. She comes from a big family – seven brothers and sisters! They all live in a small, single room house. She loves her brothers and sisters, but with so many kids, sometimes it’s hard for her parents to buy enough food to eat, clothes to wear, or other things they need!
One day her father got sick and couldn’t go to work anymore. That meant they had even less money to buy what they needed, and it meant they couldn’t pay for Serah and her brothers and sisters to go to school anymore. This was really hard for Serah because she loves learning and wants to be a doctor when she gets older.
What was Serah’s response?
Instead of becoming angry and complaining, she kept working hard and being thankful for what she did have, like her family and her friends.
But Serah’s story wasn’t over! A few workers from a school nearby heard about Serah and her dream to be a doctor. They invited her to come to their school and continue to learn about math, science, and everything she would need to become a doctor someday. She was so excited to go back to school, get good lunches every day, and get medicine if she wasn’t feeling well.
Serah knew that God was with her, even when it was hard. Knowing this gave her the courage to be grateful and trust that He would give her what she needed. Now Serah wants to use this gift to help her family and other people.
Now she has even more to be thankful for!
What hard things happened to Serah?
How would you respond if those hard things happened to you? Or if they have happened, share how you kept positive.
How did Serah respond?
Why is it important to be thankful? What difference does it make?
Continue making a list of everything you are thankful for! Put it up so you can see it all the time and share it with others!
What’s another thing you are grateful for today?
Try the rest of this month or at least till Thanksgiving fil this sentence everyday:
Today I am grateful for…
Write out the following and
recite each morning and each night:
Give thanks in all circumstances
Having a grateful heart, looking for things to be thankful for, and reciting the above will help you not only have a more positive outlook on life and train your mind in the right direction, but you will…
Here is the whole verse that is above to work on memorizing: “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5.14
Another version says it this way: “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1 Thes 5:16-18 MSG
And an easy memorizing version:
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes 5:16-18 NIV
“Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes 5:16-18 AMP
*from missions of hope international family activity guide
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