Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanks and Giving

In this time of year, it is easy to skate right through Thanksgiving and get geared up for the Christmas season. 

I love Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving is not merely a is a way of living. 





How do we foster these attributes in our children (and us!) on a regular basis?

 I do not claim to have all the answers, but here are a few tips I have compiled. 

1- Acknowledge God's faithfulness daily- be vocal about the many ways God provides for you and your family. Highlight when you see him answering prayer. 

2- Live a life of service- seek opportunities to serve those around you, both those you know and those you don't. Let your kids see this AND involve them in serving. 

3- Put others first- live out humility in front of your kids. Show them what it really means to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". 

4- Use your manners- please, thank you, yes ma'am and no sir still carry a lot of weight. 

5- Be good stewards of the blessings you already have- live each day grateful for another opportunity to share your blessings. Don't enable entitlement attitudes in your children. Do not squander time, talent or money. 

Most importantly, never miss a chance to thank God for all you have been given- in plenty and in want, in joy and in suffering. 

“Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalms 106:1 NKJV

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