A Thanksgiving Craft & Story

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Here’s a fun craft (and a story) to keep the hearts in our homes grateful!

1. Create a massive turkey together. We used “Art for Kids Hub” tutorial to draw it.

2. At the top, write, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:29). Then tape it to the wall.

3. When you walk past the turkey, write or draw something you’re thankful for.

Share this story from Luke 17 with your kiddos to show how giving thanks is close to the heart of Jesus:

On Jesus’ way to Jerusalem, there were ten really sick men who no one would come close to. They stood at a distance and loudly asked Jesus to heal them. Jesus walked right up to them and healed every one of them.

When ONE of the men saw he was healed, he praised God loudly, threw himself at Jesus’ feet, and thanked him. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to the man, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Let’s be the one who also “comes back” to give thanks to the Lord. Happy Thanksgiving!


 

Our three kids had what I think was the flu the last two weeks. Tylenol, thermometers, LOTS of movies, and little sleep defined our days.

In the nights of little sleep and kids’ moans, I thought of and prayed for those of you dealing with chronic sickness in your family, lack of sleep probably being typical for you.

When we struggle, what’s our go-to? How do we deal with a day, a week, a year, filled with distress and difficulty?

We can be refueled and find hope in how Jesus told us to pray: “Give us TODAY our DAILY bread.” (MT 6) Not tomorrow’s bread, but today’s.

There will always be troubles yesterday, today, and tomorrow, but there will also be hope in Jesus. Today, he will bring us our daily bread when we ask him for it.

Today, Jesus will walk with us in it.

In John 11, when Jesus saw Mary and her friend weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Even though Jesus knew he would raise Lazarus, he wept with them. He was in it with them.

Jesus sees your heartache and is in it with you. Jesus has great news for each of us: “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world!” And, Psalm 30: “Weeping may remain for the night; but joy comes in the morning!” Amen to that!

And, for all those affected by the devastating California wildfires and other tragic events that have recently happened, we’re praying for you!

 

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