Faith,  Holidays,  Raising Children

Perspectives on Thankfulness

As a mom, I’m constantly trying to teach thankfulness to my kids. Not just at Thanksgiving, but throughout the whole year.

I want them to recognize the blessings they have received, and to be grateful for them.

To value the people they have over the stuff they want.

To look at the world around us and realize that out of thanks we give to others.

Sometimes I think those lessons are really sinking in, and other times I worry that the excesses of our culture are making more of an impact than I want.

And sometimes I get a small peek inside the heart and mind of one of my children, and I’m reassured that we’re moving in the right direction.

things I'm thankful for
By Sydney, age 9

Thanksgiving reminds me of all the things I’m thankful for. I appreciate family, friends and food and water.

I’m especially thankful for family because if no one had family then no one would be blood related to anyone and we wouldn’t have our Lord Jesus Christ because he is our FATHER in heaven. If we didn’t have family we would have no one to give birth to us or all of our siblings.

I also appreciate friends because without friends everyone in the world would be really lonely, sulky, and have no one to play with. Friends are kind, loyal, trustworthy and will always be there for you when you need it even if the problem is small as a paper clip.

Finally, I’m grateful for food and water because it helps everyone and everything stay alive because no food equals every meat eating animal will die. No water equals no plants or animals because everything needs water to live.

As I enjoy this holiday season, I realize that I have many reasons to be thankful. Family, friends and food and water are very important to me.

So Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy family, friends, and food and water today.



Sandra Samoska is a writer with a love for Jesus and a love for family. When she's not chasing around her four kids and doing all the things, you can find her writing about the ways God shows up in our every day lives.

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