Join me in this November scripture study as we learn about what these 30 Bible verses have to say on gratitude and thanksgiving.
BEING THANKFUL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS
Gratitude helps center our thoughts. It allows us to gain perspective. As a parent, I often have to practice this discipline when I feel overwhelmed. A friend explained to me how she often reminds herself to take her daily frustrations and turn them into blessings. Her insights were such a sweet example of how the Lord can work in us if we choose to look for his goodness in all things:
- Early mornings = children to love
- House to clean = safe place to live
- Laundry = clothes to wear
- Dishes to wash = food to eat
- Crumbs under the table = family meals
- Grocery shopping = money to provide for us
- Toilets to clean = indoor plumbing
- Lots of noise = people in my life
- Endless questions = kids’ brains growing
When I reflected on my own household this week, I enjoyed the challenge of turning these irritations into things to be thankful for:
- Blankets and snack bags left out = movie nights and cuddles
- Toothpaste all over the sink = kids that are learning to be independent
- Tiny pieces of paper on the floor = my children are creative
LEARNING TRUE GRATITUDE IN THE BIBLE
I recently did a personal study of all the instances in the Bible that talk about thanksgiving, being thankful, and expressing gratitude. From the Old to the New Testament, the Bible is filled with people giving thanks to God. Oftentimes when we think of gratitude, we instantly go to our material possessions. But the Bible’s thankfulness is directed toward one thing–gratitude for God–who He is, how he takes care of us, what has done and is doing for us.
This month I wanted to share these truths with my children and created a Gratitude Tree Tradition that lists 30 things the Bible directs us to be thankful for.
I am thankful:
- We are made new in Jesus
- God is our Father
- His love lasts forever
- We have freedom from sin
- He provides us clothing
- He is preparing a place for us
- For every new day
- He meets our needs
- He calms our fears
- That Jesus is our Savior
- For God’s faithfulness
- For the Holy Spirit
- That He knows everything about us
- That God is love
- For grace and mercy
- For the Bible
- That He forgives us
- For God’s creation
- For our meals
- That God is always with us
- For His wisdom
- For eternal life
- We can’t be separated from God
- For community
- For His blessings
- That God is good
- God gives us hope
- He is all-powerful
- For the gift of prayer
- That God helps us
NOVEMBER BIBLE VERSES ON GRATITUDE
Whether you have children or not, it’s a good practice to understand and put into practice what the Bible has to teach us about the true spirit of Thanksgiving. I invite you to write a verse each day this month on gratitude and journal your thoughts, prayers and action steps you can take to implement these practices in your own life.
Print these Bible verse sheets on gratitude to get started!
The directions are simple:
- Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
- Write a scripture each day in the space on the left and reflect on it in the space on the right.
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For more monthly scripture studies, read:
- January: Print this 31 Day Bible Study on Prayer
- July: What the Bible Says About Meditation
- August: What the Bible Says About Worship
- September Scripture Study on What the Bible Says About Humility
- October Scripture Study of 31 Bible Verses on Trust
I’m thankful for you!
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