If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself saying “how is it November already?!?!!” all week! But ready or not, here it is.

I personally love November because I love the fall, and I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday! Being thankful simply makes me happy.

We all know gratitude is something we want active in our life all year long, not just around Thanksgiving time. However, there is a heightened focus on thankfulness in the weeks that lie ahead so I encourage you to incorporate that focus into your home. See what it does to your perspective, your children’s attitudes and the atmosphere in your home as you choose to focus on being thankful.

Here are some ideas on how to put a thankful focus into practice with your family:
1. Have everyone share something specific they are thankful for from the day at dinner time or bed time all month long.
2. Look up Scriptures together that have to do with thankfulness and giving thanks. Write them out and hang them around the house.
3. Look up Scriptures together that have to do with thankfulness. Make up a list and read a thankful verse at bedtime, during your morning prayer before everyone separates in different directions, or at dinner time.
4. Create a thankful wall. Buy post-its and encourage your family to write and post things they are thankful for through out the week and month. Or carve out a specific time each day or week to do this together. You can also do this with a chalkboard or dry erase board.
5. Buy or make journals and create “thankful journals.” Write out scriptures on thankfulness in the journals and also record things you are thankful for through out the month. Instead of writing, you can even have your kids cut, print out or draw pictures that represent what they are thankful for.
6. As a family, brainstorm a way you as a family can serve someone this month as an active demonstration of your thankfulness for God’s faithfulness and goodness in your family. What a way to spread God’s love and increase your own gratitude!
7. Have each person in your family think of someone they are thankful for and send that person a card to bless and encourage them or do something special for that person this month.
8. Participate as a family in Cardboard Testimonies at church on Sunday, November 20th. Set aside a family night to work on your cardboard testimonies. You can add to the spirit by playing worship music as you work on them and by having fun snacks to enjoy.

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Being thankful is never invisible, and it’s never silent. It’s also never ineffective! So I dare you to try one of my thankful ideas! You’ll see it cultivate joy and contentment, put entitlement in it’s place and yield long term fruit in your lives. A focus on thankfulness will also produce positivity and hope in one’s spirit.

Plain and simple, if you want God to show up in your life, your circumstances, your family…start THANKING Him! And start thanking Him as a family.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
– Book of Psalms

Pastor Laurie Bolton