Give Thanks

There is so much to be thankful for. I'm sure you and I could fill a page in a few minutes of all the things that we have and love and are truly blessed by.

But sometimes I look over my list and realize it's filled with a lot of things - good things - things that make my heart swell with thanksgiving. Then I look at my prayers and they are the same. I often lack a working knowledge of the God of all Creation. He seems to elude my praises, not because I He's not worthy! But because I lack a constant stream of knowledge of who He is and why He is completely praiseworthy.

Right now in the She Proves Faithful In the Word reading plan (you can sign up free here), we are reading Scriptures that teach us reasons to praise and give thanks to God and ways to give praise and thanks to God!

I've made a little free print out for us to do in our own study and worship of God, or with our kids. Because my first home-made construction paper version was shredded by an almost two year old, who shall remain nameless.

Original version destroyed by said 2 year old ;) 

Original version destroyed by said 2 year old ;) 

 

Select a reading from the November SPF in the Word reading plan, or from the list below, or any reading of Scripture, and fill in this chart.

In a few minutes of reading and making observations, you will have reasons and ways to praise and give thanks to the God of the Universe!

Get the free Give Thanks printable here!

Free printable for you!

Free printable for you!

 

Great Thanksgiving Activity for the Whole Family

This little print out is an excellent Thanksgiving activity that goes beyond a list of things we are thankful for (which is great too!). This will have family members looking at God in His Word and being dazzled by the glorious One on High!

Here's how you can use it on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Print out a Give Thanks chart for each person
  • Provide a Bible and pen for each person
  • Provide time to read aloud or on their own and fill in the chart
  • Have people share some reasons and ways they can give praise or thanks to God that they observed in the Scriptures.
  • Finish the time with a prayer of praise and thanks

Scripture Passage Ideas:

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More from She Proves Faithful

The Mother's Body - Working out after Children

In episode 52 of the She Proves Faithful podcast I talk about body image. It's something I struggled with until I got married. It seem to vanish for a moment until pregnancy and child-bearing came around. My body changed dramatically and it was hard to adjust to the new "normal" for me.

 

Body image is certainly a spiritual issue and the Word has many truths for us to consider as we face this struggle. I give four practical Truths that have helped me in episode 52.

Body image aside, there is a part of me that does want to be strong and physically able. I want to be able to play with my kids, and be strong for my task as a wife and mother and woman.

My friend recommended an online workout program called MuTu System specifically for moms who have been pregnant (6 weeks ago or 6 years ago!) and who are struggling with their pelvic floor and core strength - which affects SO much of what we do. From bathroom slip ups, to intimacy with our husbands, to back pain, to feeling crummy, all these can be from losing strength in our pelvic floor and core.

The MuTu system is a one time purchase for life time access to 12 weeks of workouts and instructional videos on things like correct posture or how to squat correctly. There are also simple yet effective strengthening exercises that target the pelvic floor and core. I have noticed a difference and I love having access to this system on my time with my crazy schedule. (I don't feel like I'm draining our bank account with a gym membership I never use!)

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Even if the sale has ended, I highly recommend checking out this program!

I mean, it made my Lauren's Top Ten list in episode 50! ;)

 

 

Faithfulness in the Grit of Motherhood

There I was laying on the living room floor, apron on and feet propped up on the couch. The kidswere finally in bed and I was exhausted. I thought to myself, it takes a committed faithfulness to the Truth of God’s Word to tackle the grit of motherhood; it takes a firm belief in the Scriptures to keep nurturing and teaching and correcting children day in and day out.

Motherhood is more than just logistics, and making sandwiches, and searching for bandaids and missing stuffies. God has given mothers children for His glory and given clear instructions for motherhood: to teach the commands of God that they might know and worship the Creator.

There is no other opportunity, quite like a mother’s, to teach and instruct about God throughout the day. Our children are born with rebellious hearts that are against God and we are tasked with showing them the glory of God, the goodness of God, the Truth of God by teaching His Word.

But it’s wearisome. And sometimes it seems there is little fruit from all our work.

My precious four year old daughter is in the midst of a battle; a passionate battle of her vs others. She is learning the classic virtue that even adults still struggle with: selflessness. When I saw her struggle to share her things or to let others go first, I pulled out all my lessons. I was going to dazzle her with all the goodness of laying down our lives. I talked to her about how sharing glorifies God, I shared stories of Jesus coming to serve, not be served, I prayed with her and for her daily. There was nothing short of a puppet show in my instruction about selflessness.

About two weeks in I threw in the towel. I couldn’t believe she still struggled with selfishness after all my prayers and instructions. I was frustrated and tired.

This blog post was written by Lauren Hlushak and published on RenewedinTruth.com.

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