Day 3 – An Attitude of Gratitude

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November brings an opportunity for us to focus on being thankful, but we need to be teaching our children to be thankful every day of the year.
We need to start by examining our attitudes.  Are we complaining and negative or do we look for the good in unpleasant situations?  We like the book and movie Pollyanna.  She played the “Glad Game” to find the good and turn the negatives into positives.  We often play the “Glad Game” in our home, especially when we need an attitude check.
“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done” Psalm 78:4
God has graciously given us so many undeserved blessings.  Our children need to hear all that the Lord has done for us.  A way for them to see this is to keep a Gratitude Journal.  I keep a family journal, but recently we have had the boys begin their own.  What a wonderful treasure they will have to look back and see the Lord’s provision in their lives!  We like to use the free gratitude calendars from A Holy Experience.   
We love doing a Jesse Tree each year at Christmas to celebrate the Savior’s birth.  This year, we are pulling the tree out early and making it a “Thankful Tree”.  We will write something each day to hang on our tree.  This will be a visible reminder for us throughout the month and is a good way to practice being thankful with young children.
“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

I Thessalonians 5:18

It is easy to give thanks when things are going well, but what about in difficult times?  We need to set an example of how to turn our disappointments into praise.  When we do this, it acknowledges Jesus as Lord of our lives in good times and bad.  It is difficult to be thankful in these times.  When we choose to be thankful and praise Him, our despair turns to hope and our focus shifts from our circumstances to His power.  How I yearn for my children to understand this early in their lives.
We need to show our children examples of how situations that were intended to be evil by man were used by God for His greater purpose.  The Bible has many examples of God’s greater plan.  We see that in the stories of Joseph and Daniel.
Growing Together in Gratitude: Stories of Faith for Families by Barbara Rainey is a resource that is used in our family.  It has stories of true heroes who possessed the courage to trust in God and praise Him in their difficult circumstances.
The story of Squanto and the Pilgrims is an example of how God turned a bad situation into one that would help the founding of America.  Squanto was kidnapped and wasn’t in his village when it was destroyed by sickness.  This is the same area the Pilgrims later settled. Other tribes stayed away, because they thought the land was cursed.  Had the Pilgrims’ ship not sailed off course or Squanto not been kidnapped, therefore not contracting the disease that killed his entire village, the Pilgrims might not have survived and the founding story of America could be different.  It is a fascinating to see God’s plan unfolded.
Another resource that we use is Thanksgiving: A Time To Remember by Barbara Rainey.  We listen to the CD throughout the year.
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD” Psalm 92:1
I pray that you will have a wonderful season celebrating the Lord’s goodness and make it a lifelong habit that you pass on to your children.
                                                                 
Blessings!
Mary


Today’s Challenge:

Start a Gratitude journal with your children. Refer back to it often so they can see how God works all around us when we take notice.

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Mary blogs over at “The Encouraging Home”  she is a stay at home wife, mom, farm girl, homeschooler. She is passionate about faith, family, natural health, and homeschooling.

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I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don't have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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