Every night, we gather our two children on the couch, read a Bible story, sing some songs, and then say a prayer together. But before the prayer, each kid gets a chance to say something he or she is thankful for from that day to include in the prayer. This works two-fold. It helps them remember good things from the day. And it reminds them that everything good comes from God.
Well, as you can imagine, with a six- and four-year-old, the answers can be varied and/or monotonous some weeks.
But something I've noticed more and more, as they've started getting big enough to really think about what they're thankful for that day--they don't forget the little things. Their list goes from getting to eat a cookie or something else they love (mac n cheese always makes the list) to something big like a special occurrence from that day or someone getting better after being sick. And quite often, it can include people they love, like Mommy and Daddy or a friend or neighbor. I'm so thrilled to say that this month it has also included getting to go back to Bible classes for the first time in a year. Mommy is super thankful for that, too.
Sometimes, in my own prayers, I forget little things like that I always have a chocolate stash or the sunshine after a week of rain or blooming flowers, a favorite tv show on again after a hiatus, or even kittie snuggles on my cold feet. It's easy to remember the big things, (although I don't always do as great a job at that as I should either) like an achievement or someone's surgery going well or people arriving at their destination safely. But how often do we take things for granted that really do mean a lot to us? I know I do.
So, my goal is to be more like my children. To remember to thank God for little things, like cookies. :-) How about you? Can you make a list of little things you're thankful for?
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