Category Archives for "Thanksgiving"

Nov 21

Three Surprising Benefits of Gratitude

By Anna Lowell

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?

Did you know that Gratitude not only has the power to bless the giver of the gift - but also the receiver and even the people outside of the gift? 3 Surprising Secrets About Gratitude

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!

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Nov 17

Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities, Traditions, and Table Decor

By Anna Lowell

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.

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Nov 01

Thankful Meditations

By Anna Lowell

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.

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Nov 19

My Thanksgiving Notebook

By Anna Lowell

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Thanksgiving is so much more than a day to eat turkey. Encourage your kids to think about the history of Thanksgiving and their own blessings with this Thanksgiving notebook.

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This fun notebook is perfect for working on during the long drive to Grandma’s house, keeping kids quietly entertained while the turkey is still in the oven, using in a Sunday School classroom, or handing out at a class party.

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Nov 04

Thankful Dry Erase Craft

By Anna Lowell

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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