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THEME

Image-Reflecting: How to be a thankful person.

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

NOTES

Are you a thankful person-a person who is full of thanks? Research shows that grateful people are happy people, no matter what their circumstances are. People who focus on being thankful for what they have, are happier than those who complain about what they don't have. The memory verse this week doesn't say we are to be thankful for every circumstance, but in every circumstance. So even if your circumstance is really tough, you can give thanks in that circumstance. You can be thankful for God's presence and love in every circumstance.

Too many times our prayer time consists of lots of requests and very little gratitude. And yet, we have so much to be thankful for. Make your home a thank-full place. At meal times ask each person to share one thing that happened that day for which they can be grateful. And be sure to tell your children that you are thankful for them. Your children will be thankful they learned the habit of gratitude when they were young.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What’s the name of the program Lucille is doing for Liz’s radio station?
A. "What's Bothering You?"

Q. What’s bothering Colleen?
A. Her parents-she thinks their enthusiastic support is embarrassing.

Q. What sports super star visits Terrene?
A. Rita O'Dell.

Q. How did Rita change Colleen’s attitude toward her parents?
A. Rita talked about how much she appreciates the support her parents gave her when she was growing up.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.
Why does God want us to be thankful?
A.
When we are thankful, we show that we know that everything that we have comes from God and that he gives us good things (1 Timothy 4:4,5). When we give thanks we acknowledge that he is good (Psalm 107:1). When we give thanks we follow Jesus' example (1 Corinthians 11:24, John 6:11). When we give thanks, we worship God (Hebrews 12:28).

SO WHAT?

What can you give God thanks for today? Make a list and share it with your family at the dinner table tonight. Who can you thank today? Your parents? Your teacher? Think of a special way to tell them you love them.
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