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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A Pie-Worthy Life

Last month I had to say, “goodbye for now,” to one of my all-time favorite people, my Mamaw Ferris, my grandmother on my dad’s side of the family.  At the funeral visitation I asked as many people as I could what was the first thing that came to mind when they thought of her, and the overwhelming answer by far was pie.  Coconut cream.  Apple.  Chocolate.  Custard.  Rhubarb.  Everyone had a different favorite because she cooked so many of them so well.

Okay, think about that for a minute.  You live almost 88 years of a rich, full life and the single word that comes to mind when most of your family thinks of you is pie?  All I have to say is, “Life well lived!”

Seriously, what can better than pie?  There’s a lot of great stuff packed in that delicious, three letter word.  Pies remind us of family gatherings and celebrations.  They remind us of joy and laughter and fun.  They remind us of the sweetest things in life.

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Holiday Switcheroo

Well, here we are again, almost to the third week of November, and all we see is
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. It’s same old story. The moment the Halloween
masks disappear off the store shelves, they’re replaced by Christmas trees and
wrapping paper. Ironically, Thanksgiving gets nothing but leftovers. This poor holiday
doesn’t even have its own songs and movies. Thanksgiving is nothing more than a
speed bump on the way to Santa and Silent Night.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas, but if Thanksgiving were a pet, we’d all get
turned in for neglect.

So I say it’s time to change all that. I say it’s time to pull a little Robin Hood action and
take from the rich and give to the poor. I say it’s time for the redistribution of some
major holiday wealth. I’m proposing that we simply take a few songs and movies from
Christmas and give them to Thanksgiving. It’s not like Christmas will miss them. It has
plenty.

Here’s what it would look like. Instead of Deck the Halls, we’ll sing Deck the Fall. The
Little Drummer Boy will become The Little Drumstick Boy. And, of course, O Christmas
Tree will become O Cranberry.

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