Be Thankful

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

What are you most thankful forIt is that time of year when everywhere you turn you see holiday decorations. Some make me shudder and others well—let’s just say a decorating course or two would be beneficial to those people.  I love to  decorate my home with silk flowers in the theme of “fall” since I live in southwest Florida where the weather still inches up to the 80s and if I could, I would spend time at the beach daily.

Since we can’t enjoy fall weather or the leaves changing, I decorate with as much color as I can and enjoy this beautiful warm weather and my flower arrangements, I’m preparing another blog about those! You didn’t know I had a flare of artsy, did you? As a result I have a feeling of thankfulness and cheer, so it was not surprising to me that I recently received a prayer journal that was along that theme. I wasn’t surprised because that is how the Lord works in my life.

Several years ago, when I was feeling very stressed, a lady sent me her draft of a document that was entitled, “I Surrender.” She wanted me to publish her book. Instead I ended up helping her to self-publish. However, in the midst of this project it hit me; the Lord was asking me to surrender! Surrender everything to Him.

So here I am wondering how to instill joyfulness and thankfulness in my children, at this time of the year and what comes across my desk? Or more accurately, what come to me via email in a PDF format? Yes, another book, this time geared for families and especially children!

Thank you, Lord!

I’ve noticed that some homeschool moms find it incredibly easy to fashion a book from something they’ve been teaching to their children, or something that is on their hearts, and some frankly, are pretty bad! So I’m always hesitant when someone sends me a book to review…especially when I know them. This young mother (who happens to be the very talented lady who created this website) sent a draft of a prayer journal. I love prayer journals, so I’m admitting it would have to be pretty bad for me not to like it, but what I really loved was the theme of this journal: Be Thankful.

Be Thankful… doesn’t that make you smile? Kids in the Word

The journal is for any time of the year (ooohh, I like that!) and it can be pulled out when you are at a low point and need a jolt to remind you to seek God and find those places that are hidden from Him or ones you need to surrender. The journal ever so gently walks you through the process, but the  keyword here is gently. The author, Amanda Pelser, does not hit you over the head with the idea of thankfulness or how you must do this or that. She guides you and encourages you to listen to that still voice and search your heart.

We often teach our children that faith must be acted upon. In my own home I have the freedom to pray and share the Good News with my children. It is such a blessing, but today was one of those opportunities to put faith into action and we stood with our  brothers and sisters in Christ for the 40 Days for Life March in our town. My children are thankful that I chose life and we discuss the importance of praying for others who are in dire circumstances. In fact, my children held signs that said “A baby changes everything”  Isn’t that true!

When we came home I was able to emphasize being thankful with the many printables for the children in this journal. In fact, the Scripture we used for copywork was Psalm 86:12:

“I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.”

If I had little ones, which I don’t, I could easily substitute this for a handwriting lesson. What better way to practice handwriting then with Scripture verses on being joyful and thankful? Don’t take my word for it – head over to Kids in The Word and check out Amanda’s site. She has an amazing sale going on but even at full price it is a bargain! You will truly be thankful when you see all you receive in this eBook.

What ways will you teach your children to be thankful? I’m open to any ideas or suggestions you may have for me!