Giving Thanks!

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill you vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalms 50:14-15 NIV

Thank You, God, for the beauty you created for us! A blooming mountain laurel.

In the Old Testament, people offered thank offerings to the Lord. They would bring a gift for God to the temple to thank Him for something He had done in their lives. It was not required or demanded, it was offered freely in thanks.

This verse also tells us that God accepts our thanks. God tells us that we can call on Him when we are in trouble. He will help us and we will give Him the honor and the praise for all He has done for us.

Sometimes when something good happens, I just stop and take a moment to say a quick thank you to God. Like when I get up in the morning to a wonderfully colorful sunrise, I say, “Thank You, Lord, for a spectacular start to the day!” Or when the flowers are blooming in the springtime, I think, “Thank You, God, for the beauty you created for us!”

What kinds of things do you thank God for? Do you thank God for your mom and dad? For the food you eat? For prayers that He has answered? Think about it because later I have a challenge for you.

There was a prayer, when we were young, that was said at meal times. It goes like this:

Thank You for the food we eat.

Thank You for the world so sweet.

Thank You for the birds that sing.

Thank You, God, for everything.


This week I have two challenges for you. You can choose one or do both! The first one is to write your own thankful mealtime or bedtime prayer to God. Your parents can help you. Then you can memorize it to say each day. The second one is to get a piece of paper and on the left-hand side write the ABC’s from top to bottom. Now for each letter, write down something that begins with that letter that you can thank God for. See how many you can list! Your parents can help with this one, too.

Blessings and thankfulness!

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