Conversation Starters: Be Thankful

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Karah

Use these discussion starters to help foster a spiritual conversation with your family.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: For most of us, giving thanks is something we tend to think about only around the holidays. When we are spending time with family and taking a break from the busyness of life, we remember all the good gifts God has given us. As believers, this idea of thankfulness should consume our lives throughout the year. Every good thing we have comes from Jesus. Our very breath and life are a gift from God. As a result, gratitude should be our natural response to Jesus.

Concept: Be Thankful

PRESCHOOL

John 6:1-13

LIFE POINT: Be thankful for everything God gives you.

Who shared his food with the people?

What was the first thing Jesus did before breaking apart the food and giving it to the people?

LIVE IT OUT: Provide paper and crayons. Encourage your child to draw pictures of things he is thankful for. Insert the pictures into ziplock bags, and seal them. Staple the bags together along one side to make a book. Read the book together this week.

KIDS

John 6:1-13

LIFE POINT: Be thankful for everything God gives you.

What was Jesus’ first action before He distributed the food?

What are some things you are thankful for?

Say the Life Verse: Psalm 100:4.

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child think about all the blessings God has given him. Write an “I am thankful for … “ list together. Pray each day with your child, thanking God for all He has given you and your family.

STUDENTS

Psalm 100:1-5

THE POINT: Thankfulness should be our natural response to Jesus.

Why is it often easier to complain than to be thankful?

Have a conversation around this quote:

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.1 —John F. Kennedy

LIVE IT OUT: Share about the things you are thankful for.

Let your student know that you are thankful for him or her.

1. President, “Proclamation 3560 Thanksgiving Day, 1963,” Code of Federal Regulation, title 3, (1959–1963).


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