Gratitude (Thanksgiving)

For Thanksgiving we are celebrating good and giving thanks. We will look at ways to praise God and those who did praise God. We will also look at the many ways we can express and receive the benefits of gratitude in our lives.

Kids and Sunday School Resources

Projects and Activities

Fun and Games

Read a Story

Bible Characters Gratitude

Raising of Lazarus
Read John 11:1- 44

Ten Lepers
Read Luke 17:11-19

Feeding the 5,000
Read Matt 14:13-22

Gratitude is Riches
Read Psalms

Adult and Teen Resources

Articles — Everyday Living

  • Be Grateful for You - You are God's beloved child. This Thanksgiving, be grateful for the wonderful you God made. Learn to love yourself as God loves you.
  • Be Grateful, It's Healthy - Many recent studies prove the power of gratitude. Not only does gratitude help our outlook on life, but it actually improves our health.
  • The Power of Gratitude - Being grateful is overrated, right? Wrong! Life is great, and as long as we maintain our grasp on what is good in our lives, despite what may temporarily be going awry, life can only get better.
  • Praise Lifts! - The best way to lift us up is by lifting our thinking to God and praising his glory. Joseph's life proves that praising God can lift us from even the most despicable situations.
  • Slow Down, Be Present, Find Balance - It's easy to rush through our days. Slowing down and being present can help us enjoy a balanced life.

Guests — Everyday Living

  • Chris Jackson - President of Samuel Jackson, Inc. - Chris Jackson shares how he learned the Samuel Jackson business through tough times, practices the Golden Rule in a surprising way, removes distractions like Nehemiah, values gratitude as essential, and more.

Healing Messages — Everyday Living

Parenting — Everyday Living

  • Gratitude and Love Lead the Way - Glorifying - expressing and reflecting - God is satisfying, refreshing, full-time work. Being grateful and actively loving is one fast way out of the pit of self-centered discouragement and apathy.
  • Gratitude is Riches - A dad writes a letter of gratitude to his parents.
  • Handling Disappointment and Discouragement - A young son illustrates a loving way to deal with disappointment.
  • The Importance of Expressing Gratitude - Why take or make time to express gratitude? Because without it, we might be tempted to doubt goodness or how long good will last. Gratitude fills the heart with light and joy — enough to conquer any doubt!
  • The Lens of Gratitude - Family time presents wonderful opportunities to spend true quality time together and to refresh ourselves with grand spiritual views. Through the lens of gratitude, we see more clearly the goodness that underpins our lives.
  • A Month of Gratitude! - Generate a daily family discussion of reasons for feeling grateful. A list of questions is provided to start the conversation. Gratitude expresses our love for God every day!
  • The Power of Praise - Praise is a great parenting tool! While a grumpy, complaining person is focused on what's wrong, a praiseful person is open to good as ever-present. Sing your praise through a psalm you write, just as David did!
  • THANKS come first! - Following Jesus' example, we can learn to give thanks before receiving a gift or a blessing. Thanking God first is proof of our trust that God is always with us. Take this month to give more thanks than ever!

Questions and Answers — Bible Study

Identity — Teen Time

  • Be Grateful for You - Why can you put yourself at the top of your Thanksgiving gratitude list? You're God's beloved child.
  • Be Grateful, It's Healthy - Many recent studies prove the power of gratitude. Not only does gratitude help our outlook on life, but it actually improves our health.
  • The Power of Gratitude - Being grateful is overrated, right? Wrong! Life is great, and as long as we maintain our grasp on what is good in our lives, despite what may temporarily be going awry, life can only get better.
  • Praise Lifts! - The best way to lift us up is by lifting our thinking to God and praising his glory. Joseph's life proves that praising God can lift us from even the most despicable situations.

Making a Difference — Teen Time

Questions & Answers — Teen Time