November Scripture Study of 30 Bible Verses on Gratitude

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:

  1. We are made new in Jesus
  2. God is our Father
  3. His love lasts forever
  4. We have freedom from sin
  5. He provides us clothing
  6. He is preparing a place for us
  7. For every new day
  8. He meets our needs
  9. He calms our fears
  10. That Jesus is our Savior
  11. For God’s faithfulness
  12. For the Holy Spirit
  13. That He knows everything about us
  14. That God is love
  15. For grace and mercy
  16. For the Bible
  17. That He forgives us
  18. For God’s creation
  19. For our meals
  20. That God is always with us
  21. For His wisdom
  22. For eternal life
  23. We can’t be separated from God
  24. For community
  25. For His blessings
  26. That God is good
  27. God gives us hope
  28. He is all-powerful
  29. For the gift of prayer
  30. 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:

  1. Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
  2. 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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October Scripture Study of 31 Bible Verses on Trust

Join me in this October scripture study as we learn about what these 31 Bible verses have to say on trusting in the the Lord.

LEARNING TO TRUST IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Prayer is tough.

It’s about faith and believing in what you can’t see or touch. Prayer is about trust.

Here’s something we need to remember about prayer:

God is not our genie.

In our family, we teach our kids to pray as a list of things to be thankful for rather than a list of things we want God to do for us.

When you become an adult, if you still believe this false narrative of God as a genie, prayer becomes more of a checklist of things you want or don’t want:

  • Please give me this job.
  • We need this house.
  • I want to start a family.
  • Protect me from cancer.
  • Don’t let anything bad happen to my children.

There’s nothing wrong with these prayers, but if you put your faith in God as your own personal genie, then your faith foundation will be rocked when things you pray for don’t pan out.

Trusting bible verses

ISN’T GOD IS OUR PROTECTOR?

God is our protector but his protection goes beyond our physical realm. God’s protection is also in the spiritual realm. He is fighting for us in ways we can’t even imagine.

God’s focus is on spiritual healing and growth over physical comforts, so if what you’re praying is in line with what he wants for you—he promises he will provide. However, with any type of growth comes discomfort. For example, if you pray for patience and goodness, expect that there will be a learning curve to get there.

I believe God has big things in store for us here on earth if we have the faith to pursue them. As a parent, I sometimes let my children fail so that they can grow and learn from the experience. When I allow them to figure things out on their own, they are strengthened by the experience and are able to carry the lesson into their next season of life.

In the Bible, there are times people cry out to God and he comes down in a pillar of fire (Elijah).

Other times he waits and appears to be completely silent. (For centuries before Jesus was born!)

Part of living in faith is learning to trust. Trusting in the Lord means not knowing what he’s doing but believing that he will make good come out of it if we remain faithful.

Trusting in the Lord is not easy and he doesn’t promise that it will be. All God asks of us is that we are obedient and to believe that he is good, he is God and he knows best.

I’m sure you’re in the middle of something you’re having to trust God through. Stay faithful friend—his plans are great.

You can trust him.

Trusting bible verses

OCTOBER BIBLE VERSES ON TRUST

This month I want us to focus on what the Bible says about trust in the Lord. Print these Bible verse sheets on trust to get started!

The directions are simple:

  1. Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
  2. 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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Printable Study for the Book of Daniel in the Bible

Study the book of Daniel in the Bible when you use this printable outline to discover historical events, timelines and themes.

Book of Daniel in the Bible

THE BOOK OF DANIEL IN THE BIBLE

The book of Daniel in the Bible is jam-packed with action and power, miracles and visions. It’s a story of a real man who was exiled to Babylon and taken from his homeland of Judah when he was just 15 years old. He is faithful to God and trusts him, so when the new king trains him and his 3 friends (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) to learn to live as Babylonians, they won’t do any rituals that violate what their God asks of them.

Because of this, they grow stronger and wiser than anyone else. When the king has a strange dream, he calls Daniel in to interpret it and he does. After, the king rewards Daniel by making him third in command!

Later, Daniel’s three friends are thrown into a fiery furnace when they refuse to bow down to a false god, but the true God performs a miracle and they aren’t harmed! Because of this, the king demands that everyone worship their true God!

Book of Daniel in the Bible

DANIEL AND THE LIONS’ DEN

Daniel lives his life as a prophet, helping kings with their dreams and prophesying about his own visions he is receiving from God. At one point, some administrators who are jealous of Daniel trick the king into passing a law that forbids others to pray to their God.

When Daniel breaks the law, the king is heartbroken, but has to throw him into the lions’ den. In the morning, the king runs to check on Daniel and sees that he isn’t harmed, and in turn, throws the palace administrators in instead. Spoiler alert: they don’t make it.

The book of Daniel in the Bible is a historical account and prophesy of what is to come for future empires–none of which will last, but will all eventually be replaced by the one true kingdom–the kingdom of God!

DANIEL PRINTABLES

There’s a lot to unpack, so I’m here to help. While I can’t give you all the answers in this overview, I can break down the main ideas as you read along.

Open up your Bible, and print out this the book of Daniel timeline to guide you as you read.

Book of Daniel in the Bible
Book of Daniel in the Bible

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