Updated: Feb 11
Most of attempt to be more thankful in the month of November due to the Pilgrim decorations and memories of how the Pilgrims relied upon God to provide for their very survival. For more details on how the original Thanksgiving was actually a day of fasting and prayer, read this post: https://brunkle1990.wixsite.com/website-3/post/the-religious-roots-of-thanksgiving
Why is it a good idea to choose gratitude?
In Philippians 4:6-7, we are commanded to be anxious for nothing but instead, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God. When we do this, He promises to grant us a supernatural peace. God doesn't want us to fret or worry, but when tempted to do so, He wants us to take it immediately to Him in prayer. Only, He doesn't want us to stop there. He wants us to focus on what we can be thankful for. Why?
God knows that are faith will be built as we focus on God's past track record of faithfulness to us in the past. It is so tempting to focus on our circumstances and forget about the greatness of our God. Like that simple science experiment that places a quarter in front of your eye and the closeness to the quarter to your eye blocks out a large item in your view. Your closeness to your circumstances is blocking God's perspective. We need to shift our gaze and pay attention to God's constancy and devotion - to you personally in the past and from the many accounts in Scripture.
When you shift your attention to God's track record of faithfulness, it builds you faith that God will again prove faithful. This November, shift the focus of your kids to God's faithfulness to diminish their circumstances and enlarge their God. I've created several coloring pages with Scripture about Thankfulness. This printable is free for you to use with your kids. Challenge yourself and them to memorize all or some of these verses.