Throughout my life I have struggled with depression, anxiety, anger, and fear. I have felt helpless and given up on hope. But I have never stopped crying out to Jesus to save me. And my life goes so much smoother when I thank God. Oppression is lifted off of me every time I remember what God has done for me. I serve so much better when I feel better.
I want to teach my kids to have a thankful heart. It’s gratitude that keeps our eyes off of ourselves and unto the Creator of the universe.
We can all take life for granted from time to time. Sometimes we think that God owes us. When we don’t get things our way we act out in bitterness. Our sin nature is full of selfishness and greediness. Its human nature to want to look out for ourselves and the heck with the rest of the world. But a heart full of gratitude desires to bless others because they have been richly blessed.
Daily I ask my kids what they are thankful for. I write it down on a strip of paper and put it into our family jar to be read a couple of times a year. My kids faces light up when they share and joy truly feels the air.
I’ve learned that thankfulness keeps us standing when the world is falling apart. I want my children to be strong with hearts filled with gratitude.
With a grateful heart one can overcome anything. I have!
I want to encourage you to do the same. Ask your kids daily what they are thankful for. This is one of the best things we can do for our kids to prepare them for a world that takes without freely giving. God unconditionally gives to us and we are forever loved. This truth alone is worth getting up every morning for and having a cup of coffee.
Please share some creative ways you and your family give thanks. How has given thanks helped you or others you know?