Weekly Devotion: Living in Gratitude Week One

September 23 – 29

Scripture

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you God for today. Thank you for your love and grace. I offer myself to you. Please help me to be mindful of the kindness of those around me. Then use me to bless, encourage, and show kindness to all that I meet as a show of thanksgiving. Amen.

Consider These Questions

  • What are you grateful for today?
  • Look around where you are. When you pay attention to your environment, what emerges as something to be thankful for?
  • What ordinary times with friends make you smile and give thanks?
  • Do you attend church/worship “just to say thanks” for all that God has done for you?

Show Your Gratitude

  • Put a gratitude jar in the kitchen with scraps of paper. Have each family member write down things for which they are grateful.
  • Thank God for today’s weather. Whether sunny, rainy, snowy, or windy, find the good in today’s forecast.
  • Smile and greet everyone you see today with a cheery “Hello.” Ask how they are — then truly LISTEN to what they say.
  • Visit a neighbor you have not seen in a while. Offer to help them with something, pray for them or invite them to join you for dinner.
  • Read Psalms 100 silently or with your family. Write down or say out loud, the blessings you have experience in this week. Add them to your gratitude jar.
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