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The Character Quality of Thankfulness

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Y’all, this was provided to me by a wonderful family at church. They happen to be the managers of Westminster Country Club and Pool also. I trust that you and your family will be blessed by these reminders.

These are from the Teaching Home, which you are able to sign up to receive their newsletter personally to your box at this link.

Teaching Your Children The Character Quality of Thankfulness

  1. The Character Quality of Thankfulness
  2. Teaching About Thankfulness
  3. “To Be Thankful, You Must Be Thoughtful”
  4. Provide Examples of Thankfulness
  5. Establishing the Habit of Thankfulness
  6. Thanking Others
  7. How To Write a Thank-You Note

You can be redirected here to learn how to teach these qualities.

Here is a Ready-To-Use Thanksgiving Bible Study
Based on Psalm 100

Also use as a mini unit study or devotionals.

  1. Praising God for Who He Is
  2. Thanking God for What He Has Done
  3. Ways To Praise and Thank God

And for some Thanksgiving Day activities, try these:

“Count Your Blessings” Visuals

Make a poster and cut out objects (see below). Then write a blessing for which you are thankful on each cutout and tape or glue them on the poster. For example:

  • Poster of a tree with leaf cutouts
  • Draw a leafless tree on a piece of butcher paper or posterboard. (You can also open up a paper grocery bag to use as a large piece of paper.)
  • Cut out leaves from colored paper and write (or have young children draw) something for which you are thankful on each leaf.
  • Tape or glue them to the tree.
  • Poster of a cornucopia with fruit and vegetable cutouts
  • Poster of an umbrella or grass with raindrop cutouts (showers of blessings)
  • Basket or Box
    Decorate a box or basket to hold notes (e.g., 3×5 cards) written by family members expressing thankfulness for various blessings, great or small. Younger children can draw items.
    Add more notes throughout the year. Review them occasionally or read them next Thanksgiving.
    One family’s tradition is to start a box on Thanksgiving into which family members put notes of thanks to each other—with specific things they appreciate. They add to this box until Christmas and open the notes to each other before they share their gifts.

    “What Am I Thankful For?” (with Charades and/or Pictionary)
    Have Ready: a chalkboard, whiteboard, or a large pad of paper with markers.
    The idea is for everyone to tell what they are thankful for by using the rules of charades or pictionary.

  • Everyone gets a turn as others guess. This is not a points or winning game – just fun!
  • The game can continue after everyone has one turn as long as there is interest.
  • Your Family Thanksgiving Service
    After your Thanksgiving feast, gather your family and friends for a time of:

  • Singing hymns and songs of praise. See words and hear the music to many hymns of thanksgiving at Cyberhymnal.
  • Recounting to each other the blessings of the Lord.
  • Thanking Him together in prayer.
  • Reading or quoting Bible verses or passages on thankfulness and God’s blessings (many of the Psalms and Psalm 100).
  • These may be accessed here.

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