Thankfulness Cards

Happy Thanksgiving!

When it comes to being thankful, sometimes we fail to be specific.   It’s great to say we’re thankful, but thankful for what exactly?

Use these Printable Thankfulness Cards to help your kids brainstorm specific things they are thankful for at Thanksgiving and all year round.

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Here’s how it works.  Just click on the link above, print out the cards and help your kids think of as many things as they can in each category.  Then encourage them just to tell God thanks with a quick prayer or write out their prayer on paper.

You can also just scatter these cards around your Thanksgiving table and let people fill out whichever ones they want and share what they are thankful for at your family meal.

Here are a few thoughts about each card.

The Basics:

What are the basic things you have that many people in world don’t have? How many of these basics blessings can you name? (food, house, bed, clothing, clean water, hot water, indoor bathroom, doctors, medicine, car, school, grocery stores, etc)

God Helped Me When:

Think about times when God helped you when you were worried, scared, sad, angry, sick, stuck, tempted or in trouble.  What prayers has God answered in your life?  How has helped you become more like Jesus?

Things about God:

What are you thankful for about God?  He’s loving, kind, joyful, creative, patient, powerful, forgiving, and always ready to listen.  He loves to help us and never gives up on us.  He invented everything that’s fun. What are you most thankful for about God today?

Things About Me: 

The Bible tells us God made us in a wonderful and special way.  What are you most thankful for about the way God made you?  Did God make you fast, smart, funny or helpful?  Did He make you an artist or an athlete, a math whiz or a chef?  Do you love to take care of animals, swing from the monkey bars or sit in your room and read? Do you love music, super heroes, princesses or building toys?  What are the things that make you you?  Thank God for making you unique today.

Awesome Moments: 

What are the most awesome moments of the past year?  Vacations, celebrating birthdays, winning a game, getting a good grade, landing a part in a school play? When are the times we laughed, played, cheered or celebrated?

Favorite People:

Who are the people you’re thankful for? Who takes care of you? Who helps you?  Who do you get to help?  Who makes life fun?

I’m Thankful For:

Here are a couple of generic cards for things that may not fit into the other categories, such as being thankful for your dog or a new video game or whatever else kids can think of.

I hope you have a great time using these cards to remember how good God has been to your family.  Have fun thanking Him!

More Holiday Resources:

If you’d like to spend more time preparing your own heart for the holidays, check out my new book, Holiday Road: a Christmas Devotional now available in paperback on Amazon.

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If you’re looking for other holiday resources for the entire family, don’t miss out on God’s Big Christmas Adventure, my free family Christmas devotional.  You can get it by signing up here.

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Christmas Prayer Activity

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One of the great things about the Christmas season is that it’s a wonderful time to share with our kids about the birth of Jesus. Our kids need to know, however, that God didn’t just step into our world long ago in Bethlehem.  He still steps into our world today, and He usually does it through followers of Jesus like you and me.

Christmas is a great chance to bring Jesus into our everyday lives.  That’s why I created this Up, In & Out Christmas prayer activity to help families imitate the life of Jesus throughout the Christmas season.

Remember, Jesus had three primary sets of relationships:

  • An Up relationship with His Father God
  • An In relationship with the disciples
  • An Out relationship with those who didn’t yet know God

As we help our families become more like Jesus, we can use Up, In and Out to copy of the life of Jesus at Christmas and beyond.

Here’s how it works.

Download the Triangle Christmas Printable where you’ll find a variety of Up, In and Out boxes your family can pray over each night in December.

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