Three Surprising Benefits of Gratitude

May I get onto a personal soap box for just a moment?

Thanksgiving: It’s supposed to be a day to give thanks, right? I mean, it’s kind of like in the name… right?

But, far too often (at least in my family), all of the focus seems to be on the Turkey, the cranberry sauce, and maybe even football.

In fact, the current trend seems to be relabeling Thanksgiving as “Turkey Day”.

And, opening stores with “Black Friday” deals starting on Thanksgiving so that, instead of taking time to give thanks for what we have, we can rush out and try to find satisfaction in more stuff? I am not a fan.

What has happened to the concept of pausing to give thanks for all of the wonderful gifts that God has given to us? When did gratitude become a chore, something that we roll our eyes and do out of obligation before diving into the food?

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Do we even know how to be grateful? Maybe it’s something we should spend some time thinking about and learning.

Because, here’s the amazing truth: Gratitude has some really surprising benefits!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities, Traditions, and Table Decor

Amazing Ideas to Add Meaning and Enjoyment to Thanksgiving, Even If You Have NO TIME and NO MONEY

Do you need some last minute Thanksgiving ideas?

I often wait until the last minute to come up with ideas for the holidays. Then, I do a quick search on pinterest and am overwhelmed by the projects – projects that require days to complete, lots of materials that I don’t have money to buy, and more “crafting” skill than I will ever have.

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This list is not like that.

The ideas in this list can be pulled together quickly with inexpensive materials that you probably already have on hand.

Thankful Meditations

It’s November. And, November means … Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving – the history, the meaning, the time to slow down and truly thank God for His many blessings.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is all too easily swallowed up in our fast-paced lives.

Do you long to pause and give God the worship and thanks He so richly deserves? This Thankful Meditations Bible Study Pack will help you do just that!

Thanksgiving is quickly becoming nothing more than “turkey day”, a day to watch football, or a day to get a head start on our Black Friday shopping.

This year, more than ever, I want it to be different.

My Thanksgiving Notebook

Celebrate the History and True Meaning of Thanksgiving

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Thanksgiving is so much more than a day to eat turkey. Use this adorable Thanksgiving notebook to bring meaning back into your Thanksgiving holiday.

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Teach your kids what Thanksgiving is all about with this fun Thanksgiving notebook. Simply print it out, follow the simple directions below, and fill it in with your own words and ideas.

Printable Thanksgiving Place Holders

With Verses of Thankfulness

Are you looking for a simple and cute way to add some verses of Thanksgiving to your holiday table? These adorable printable Thanksgiving place holders are just the ticket! The printable Thanksgiving place holders come in 8 different designs, featuring 8 different verses of thankfulness and praise. There is space at the top for each person’s name as well as lines at the bottom for your family to write down what they are thankful for.

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These printables come in colored and black and white versions (perfect for kids to color while waiting for the turkey to be carved.)  They can be downloaded in KJV, NIV, or ESV Bible versions.

Thankful Dry Erase Craft

Including Six Different Background Printables

Would you like a beautiful reminder to be thankful each day? This super-simple thankful dry erase craft project featuring Psalm 92:1 produces a lovely, displayable picture that you can write on again and again. It is not only a great reminder to “count your blessings”, but also a great way to encourage your children to express their gratitude as well.

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