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Remaining thankful for the little things

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Every morning to start the school day off right, my kiddos write down 10 things they are thankful for. It doesnít seem too hard until you find out you canít repeat the same things day after day. Sure itís fine to occasionally add a repeat, but it canít be repetitive and meaningless.

Isnít that what happens? We get repetitive in our thanksgiving until itís actually empty words. Been there, friend. Thatís why I started this myself and then later passed it down to my kiddos. Itís a great practice to become truly grateful for things, especially the little things.

Hereís an example of some things the kids and I are thankful for: knowing people care about you, trials, the love of Jesus, toaster, baseball, deer hunting, Febreze, Sharpies, summer, Milk Duds and French fries.

I love to see how thankful they are for both the big things but also the things we totally take for granted; Febreeze. And I mean, who isnít grateful for the toaster? And hello! French fries! Amen!

This may seem silly to some, but Iím so grateful that my kids are learning to be thankful for the little things. We take so much for granted in this world. We get stuck thinking if it isnít ďbig,Ē it isnít worth being grateful for, but I say hogwash! The word reminds us that EVERY good and perfect gift comes from the father (James 1:17). Letís not neglect the little things. If we canít be thankful for the little things, can we really be grateful for the ďbigĒ things? French fries may not be a big deal to you, but I bet they are to the one who hasnít eaten in days. What do you say, letís live with an attitude of gratitude!

ďEvery good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.Ēó James 1:17 CSB

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