GIVING THANKS....NOVEMBER 2013
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Teaching our children to give thanks in difficulty is a gift you can give them. Whether that difficulty is simple like a disappointing experience with a sports team or complex like a newly diagnosed parent with cancer or life long, like a father that has left a family or a special needs sibling. Regardless, we can teach our children what we know to be true in order to be able to give thanks in the midst of any and all circumstances...that God is good, He loves us, we were made to bring Him glory and He has a plan for our lives. God commands us to "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." So don't just give thanks this Thanksgiving with your children on November 28th, teach them the principles of thankfulness everyday and in every circumstance - especially those circumstances that cause our flesh to recoil and not naturally want to give thanks.
A great way to begin teaching your children to be thankful in all things is to teach them the Character of God. We are doing the November Devotion by Katherine Loop:
We are also doing something that I made this year and have done in years past, called a Thankful Jar. I have provided the link to download and do a Thankful Jar with your own children/family if you would like to join us this year. Perhaps you can even encourage your children to write down some difficulties that they have encountered, to add to the Thankful Jar this year.
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