At our last meeting, we talked about how you can begin to harvest gratitude in the heart of your family, even in the midst of difficult times. One of our points was that we need to remember (literally, make a “memorial”) of the stories that inspire us to feel gratitude to God. We all have those “God” moments; times when we feel so blessed by something small but meaningful to us, or that answered prayer, or that time that God intervened in our life in a miraculous way, yet many times we forget those moments quickly and can become just like the Israelites wandering around and complaining in our daily life. We need to write those “gratitude” stories down, go back to them when our faith is shaky, and share those stories with our children.
For our journaling time, I gave a list of questions to help you remember some of your own stories, and I promised to post them to here. So here they are:
What “little moment” happened today with your kids that you need to remember forever?
When do you feel the most complete and secure?
What childhood memory still makes you smile today?
When did you experience so much love and joy that you thought your heart would burst?
What did God provide for you that you thought was impossible?
What “thing” did you mistakenly believe would bring you happiness, and how did God give you more than you knew to ask for?
What lesson did you learn the hard way – but glad you did?
What heartache turned out to be a blessing in disguise?
“You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!
I will sing for joy because of what you have done.” Psalm 92:4