Gratitude is not taught in a day or a night. It takes time and repetition. In fact, gratitude is a life skill that parents model. Which means it might take work if you are not naturally thankful. It is work, well worth it, if you persevere while your kids are at home.
When I picked up Hunter from a friend’s home, the mom told me that Hunter was the only one who thanked her for lunch. He also took his plate back. How did that happen?
Our kids said thank you for meals. They took their plates to the sink after a meal. It was part of our life at home, so it was part of them when they were away from home.
We modeled “please” and “thank you” every single day. I told my kids thank you for all sorts of things. As a result, they followed my example and said “thank you” to others.
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As we enter the Advent season, we should remember the Thanksgiving holiday sets up Advent & Christmas. One way we can refocus our family’s Christmas season is to use gratitude activities as we look at the past. Our family’s past and history’s past. When we see how God has blessed us and others, we can show gratitude.
Let’s face it, Christmas is stressful for moms. Why not put things into perspective and look at how God has blessed you and others?
My thankful list takes my eyes off my tribulations & stressful situations of Christmas. Let’s look into history and see how a thankful spirit helped overcome stressful situations.
Martin Rinkart was a Lutheran pastor during the Thirty Years War. During the height of the war in 1637, Rinkart performed 50 funerals a day and as many as 4000 that year, including his wife’s funeral.
Not much on the outside to be thankful, if you ask me.
However, it was at this time that Rinkart wrote the hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God” with the following words. I know it’s a bit lengthy, but take a minute to read this – It’s well worth your time!
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
How can a man pen those words?
Rinkart had the right perspective on life. His focus was wholly on God Almighty. He wasn’t looking at the tribulation here on earth, but on the eternal reward and love of His Savior. Use this history story as one of your gratitude activities in homeschooling this coming week.
Christmas is often a trying season for many.
So many areas of your life can take your focus away from Advent and your preparation for celebrating Christ’s birth.
My suggestion to you is to change your family’s (& your kids) perspective to being thankful. Philippians 4, reminds us that thanksgiving is prefaced by rejoicing always.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Here’s God’s order to peace. Peace in our families. Peace during the holidays.
That may seem like oversimplification, but I think it hits the nail on the head.
When you choose to rejoice in the Lord, you choose to change your perspective from worry to joy. The natural result is thanksgiving. As you give thanks each & every day of Advent, your perspective will shift from stress to peace.
What gratitude activities can you do with your kids?
In closing, I don’t want you to think I am belittling worries or tribulations, especially during what can be an extremely stressful time: Christmas.
Two years ago the holidays were extremely difficult for me. Besides personal issues, my 24 year old niece died. This year’s holiday season feels overwhelming emotionally and spiritually.
I feel like I have little for which to say THANKS. But, Christ says
in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33)
Christ recognizes the fact that you & I are going through trials, even at Christmas time. Or, especially at Christmas time.
However, we can rejoice in our trials because Jesus Christ has overcome each & every one of those trials…He has overcome the world. He is always the victor!
I personally & publicly declare to you …
If Martin Rinkart can give thanks to God, in the midst of performing 50 funerals a day, I can give thanks in the midst of my trials. Thanksgiving will truly change my perspective during Advent and prepare my heart for the grand celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth in a few weeks.
For what it’s worth, I needed this blog post more than you. I choose to rejoice each & every day. My only hope is in Jesus Christ.
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