Reason Chosen: It’s Thanksgiving week. Can you imagine I intentionally left this character development word for this week? I have been winging this blog thing all year, so here you have some forethought. I know! You must be blown away. 😉 I know we focus on giving thanks at Thanksgiving. However, what we want to teach our kids that this needs to flow out throughout our lives. It’s not something we do once a year. It’s an attitude that should help define who we are. There is absolutely no benefit to sitting and dwelling on the negative – what we don’t have. Rather, we should be grateful for all we do have. Having this attitude can transform our lives…and our children’s lives. The Bible teaches us to, “Rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5). I can’t imagine some of the pain some of you are going through. I know I’ll struggle with this as tragedy hits too. However, I see people who come to the truth of gratefulness in life, and having a heart of thankfulness transforms their lives.
* Binder Clips (Craft Store)* Paper Cutter or Scissors* Hole Punch The girls chose a paper style they thought would look good with the letters they chose. We then helped them sound out “fairness.” They took turns finding the letters we needed and sticking them on the paper…they’re kids – the letters will not be stuck on perfect. I then cut the paper to the same size as the paper from last week. We punched a hole in the corner and stuck it on our binding clip. Each week, a new word will be added to the clip in similar fashion. I then wrote the Bible verse on the back. If your kids are older, have them do it themselves. We’ll spend this week learning the word, meaning and memorizing the scripture.