November 2015: Strategies for Bringing Gratitude into the Home

Fall is finally here! Isn’t it amazing how a little cool weather can make everything better? I am so thankful for everything God is doing in the life of our church! November is a great time to highlight gratitude with your children. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Gratitude is being thankful even when our circumstances are difficult. In other words, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” I am still trying to help my four-year-old grasp this.

One easy way to practice an attitude of gratitude with children is to cut strips of paper for family members to write words or phrases of things in their life they are grateful for. Fold the slip one time and put it in a mason jar. If they do it every day this month, you will have a jar full of gratitude slips that can be read aloud before the Thanksgiving meal. An even simpler activity is to put a piece of paper on the fridge and have everyone contribute to an ongoing list of things – big or small – to be thankful for. The sun. The cooler air. Cheerful orange pumpkins. Chocolate. Friends. Forgiveness. Jesus. Seeing our blessings, whether filling up a jar or listed on paper, shows children just how much they have to be grateful for.