Thankfulness

I am thinking about thankfulness today. Obviously Thanksgiving is approaching and that is when we reflect as a family on the things we are thankful for, but how do I teach my children to be thankful in the everyday?  How do I teach them to get their eyes off of what color of vitamins they are getting and on the bigger picture? I can tell them to be thankful until I am blue in the face and I do think it is important to talk about it, but I feel as though we need a visual life lesson. Any ideas???  I was so blessed yesterday with some maternity clothes and a date with my husband and am feeling very thankful today for being so well taken care of. We also watched the movie “Faith Like Potatoes” and it made me even more thankful for running water, a home, healthy kids, a job for my husband, and a husband that trusts God and is the spiritual leader of our home. So, I guess my question is, how do I get the little things to stay little in the eyes of my kids when the little things are the only things they know? I think I just answered my own question, but I would love to get some feedback!!

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  1. I will have to see that movie. I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds fantastic! As for keeping their eyes on the bigger picture, shoot girl, I’m still working on that one myself…but I think the problem isn’t so much that we are too quick to forget God’s goodness, I think we never give Him credit in the first place. This sounds stupid, but I’ve started naming the blessing as I’m receiving every little thing, like my medicine I hate taking and the fact it makes me feel so awful, instead of saying, “I have to take my meds tonight”, I started saying, “Thank you Lord for my medicine”…I now think ‘Thank you Lord that I get to receive my healing through your power and my doctors. Thank you that you gave me the provision for these medications.’ It just helps when I get to the pharmacy and have to pay for a new script or I feel week from taking a dosage, as I start to complain about the cost or feeling, I now think about how thankful I am I have the right medicine in the first place. Maybe, with say, the vitamins, start sayin, “Lets see which vitamin God blesses us with today?” Or, “What color is God gonna give us today?” Then, if they don’t get the color they wanted, they’ll know it’s from God and has just the right mix of what they needed for that day. No matter what color it is or how it makes them feel. Just a thought. A way to give God credit for His goodness before we have a chance to complain about the outcome…which we’ll still do on occasion 🙂

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