November is here!! We’re heading into the final stretch of 2019.
With the Thanksgiving holiday ahead, many of us focus on cultivating grateful hearts this month. No matter what our circumstances are, we all have so much to be thankful for!
If you’re like me, gratitude is an important trait I want to make sure our children are developing. One way to focus on this is by helping them memorize related Scripture verses. This can open the door to family discussions about these verses, especially in a season where everyone seems to emphasize being thankful.
Below I’ve listed eight Bible verses that talk about thankfulness. You’ll notice that several of them are from the books of Psalms. Apparently David has a lot to teach us about being grateful! (If you want suggestions for helping your child memorize Scripture, check out these ten ideas.)
1. “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” ~Psalm 69:30
What a great reminder that praising God often involves singing! Maybe part of encouraging grateful hearts this month could include singing songs as a family. This verse also points out that our purpose in giving thanks is always to glorify God.
2. “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” ~Psalm 95:2
Both this verse and the next one emphasize us being thankful when we enter into God’s presence. It can be uplifting to begin personal prayer time by thanking God for specific blessings in our lives.
3. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” ~Psalm 100:4
Thanksgiving naturally leads to praising God. When we give thanks, it shouldn’t be a generic expression of gratitude, but specifically directed to God.
4. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” ~Psalm 107:1
We can always thank God for His specific traits like goodness and mercy.
5. “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~Ephesians 5:20
We’re to be thankful for everything. We may not always feel like giving thanks, but we can make the choice to do it anyway.
6. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” ~Colossians 3:17
Whatever we do should be done in His name, for His glory, and with a thankful heart.
7. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
There’s no verse more convicting than this one. It is God’s will for us to give thanks in everything, from the normal days to the really difficult ones. That’s hard, but it can be done with the Holy Spirit’s help.
8. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” ~Hebrews 13:15
I love the phrase “fruit of our lips.” How neat would it be if giving thanks just naturally flowed from our mouths!
However your day has started, there’s no time like right now to start being thankful. Not only could our children benefit from memorizing these verses, but we as adults could, too!