Gratitude Wall

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It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving. All of a sudden, we feel the need to teach our kids to be thankful. When, in fact, we should be  teaching gratitude all year long. We should be modeling gratitude every single day. One easy way to remember to teach thankfulness is with a gratitude wall. Let’s look at two ways to have a gratitude wall.

gratitude wall

Before looking at the gratitude walls, let’s talk about what gratitude is. It is definitely hard-fought in our society of me, complaining and grumbling.

Gratitude is a lifestyle a hard-fought, grace-infused, Biblical lifestyle.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Revive Our Hearts

How can you make gratitude your family’s Biblical lifestyle?

Before this year, I focused on keeping a gratitude journal. Since 2012, I use my gratitude journal to help me thank God, instead of complain or grumble.

Get more practical gratitude journal ideas here.

gratitude journal ideas

Earlier this year, I was listening to Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth talk about their gratitude wall. Their wall of thanks began during the time her husband had been diagnosed with 2 types of cancer, in the middle of all sorts of treatment.

I wasn’t in the middle of cancer treatments or walking with anyone dealing with cancer. But, I have been  & continue to walk in hard trials and suffering. Nancy had my attention. Here’s her definition of gratitude from a beliver’s perspective.

Gratitude Wall Idea #1

I already had a stack of post its, so I started posting something to be thankful each day. The colors didn’t matter to me. I needed to take my mind off my problems or complaints and focus on the great things God is doing in my life.

 I even asked my grands what they are thankful for. Faith can write, so she wrote her own post it. The others told me what they were thankful and I wrote it down for our Gratitude Wall.

My hope is for anyone who joins us for a meal or holiday will grab a post it and write something they are thankful for. Then, post it to our wall.

Gratitude Wall Idea #2

After I created our Gratitude Wall, I remembered my daughter, Ashley’s Gratitude Wall a few years ago. Instead of using post it’s and posting directly to the wall, she used Kraft paper and markers. Every day they wrote on the Kraft paper banner one thing they are thankful for.

gratitude wall

If your kids can’t write words, they can draw pictures of what they’re thankful for. This isn’t just a kid activity. Dads and Moms should model that they are thankful every day by writing a post it or writing on the kraft paper banner.

One last thing. I would not stop on Thanksgiving Day. Continue this thankful activity for weeks  to come, at least to the end of this year. God commands us to be thankful. If your kids bow up, read & memorize these verses.

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 

olossians 3:14-16
30 day gratitude challenge

Grab our FREE 30-Day Gratitude Challenge below. It will trigger ideas of what you & your kids can be thankful for. You’ll get a 1-page printable with 30 ideas to give thanks.

What’s the first thing on your Gratitude Wall? Leave a comment below.

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