Each Sunday this October I want to focus on gratitude and cultivating grateful hearts in kids. It is not only a well-timed exercise as we approach November, the "thankful month," but a practice that we need to be working on year-round. Gifting children with a legacy of seeing eyes--eyes fully aware of all the grace around us--ranks right near the top of my list.
One of the ways I hope to do this is with a family Blessing Book, a little spot to write down, sketch a drawing, or stick a photograph of things we are thankful for throughout the day. The beauty in this books lies in the fact it will be a family effort, each page having contributions from each (or most!) of us. I love seeing the variety of handwriting and scribbles on a page!
Our Blessing Book is a simple sketchbook from Hobby Lobby (bought with a 40% off coupon of course!). ;o) It will be available for the kids to doodle in throughout the day and will join us at bedtime prayers each evening. It's a simple book--truly nothing fancy about it--but I'm hoping it will be one small way of making us more mindful of all the God blesses us throughout a day.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High;
To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning
And Thy faithfulness by night