Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version)

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"

I love getting ready for Thanksgiving. I think it's the perfect way to enter the Christmas season. I saw on Facebook recently one of those, "make this your status.." type suggestions of mentioning something you are thankful for with every status update. It seems after the first few days of the more "obvious" selections, the choices would get more personal and reflective.
I think it would be a great idea to start a November tradition of thankfulness around the dinner table. Maybe get a poster or journal and have each child say something they are thankful for each day, but make a rule of no repeats. My three year old Leah is usually thankful for the same thing - "all the people of the world." I love the way she says it, like all the people in the world are a gift to her. So sweet. I hope she keeps this same sentiment as she gets older - taking care of all people, being able to think beyond herself and even those in her family or at her school.

I'll be honest, it's easy for our family to be Thankful this year - steady jobs, healthy kids, a home, school, and a church. There have been Thanksgivings in our life where it was more difficult to be thankful - trying to get pregnant, watching my husband struggle with illness and weight loss, dealing with overtime and stress at work, my husband being without a job, and even just feeling far from God as we head into a season where His grace and love are most apparant.
Does this circumstance sound familiar?
We all have different seasons of life filled with highs and lows. And in the midst of them, the Word urges us to not "be anxious" (Yikes! Something I struggle with for sure!) but to give thanks. And we have a great resource for finding things to be thankful for - our kids. They may surprise you with some moments of gratitude or things to be thankful for that you never would have considered.

Ask your kids over the next few days to tell you why they're thankful, and let us know what they say. We all could use some insight from a childs heart once in a while.



  1. I love that my son, Joshua, always give thanks for the things he has done during the day.
    Thank You that I got to play with my friends. Thank You that I got my homework done and it wasn't very hard.
    He reminds me to not take simple things for granted.

  2. Not sure you knew, but Philippians 4:6-7 is one of my all time favorite Bible verses! And... Oh sweet Leah, I love her so much!!

    I asked Isabella what she was thankful for. I wasn't sure she knew what "thankful" meant. So I told her some stuff I was thankful for... our house, for food, for her health, for daddy. And she said to me with a big smile... "I'm thankful for Jesus loves me this I know and food on table" and then she said "and friends houses". So cute.

    One more thing I'm thankful for... my sister Kelly, who's a wonderful Christian women and a great example for me!

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  4. :) so cute, I can imagine her half singing the "Jesus loves me this I know" part. I love that verse too, it should be my mantra in life... i tend to worry. ugh. So thankful for God's patience and mercy for me.