As I look forward to spending Thanksgiving with family and friends, I remember that I have much to be thankful for, and when you think about it, I bet you do too. And, who created all these things we’re thankful for? Yep, God. For preschoolers this month, our BASIC TRUTH is: God made me. Our BOTTOM LINE is: Thank You, God, for everything.
This month our preschool friends are learning to say, “Thank You, God, for everything.” Thank You, God, for the trees outside. Thank You, God, for the food I eat. Thank You, God, for my toes and my feet. They’re learning that everything comes from God, and we should thank Him for it. When is the last time you said “Thank You” to God? Yesterday at the dinner table? Or was it last night before bed? Did your preschooler hear you thanking Him? Does she know you are thankful, too? Model a thankful heart this month and watch your child join in the fun while growing in gratitude. Help your child start a “Thankful Tree” on the kitchen wall. Let your preschooler draw or write something she’s thankful for on a paper leaf each day. Parents and siblings can play, too. Soon, you will have a wall full of thankfulness. Visit www.TheParentCue.org and see how others are not just surviving, but thriving during these parenting years.
Now, onto our Elementary friends…..
Have you ever been watching a sporting event where one of the teams played like they were falling apart at the seams?
The pitcher giving up run after run.
The defensive line that just can’t stop anyone.
The full-court press that simply can’t get the ball back.
It’s a mess. Finally the coach calls it: “Time out!”
He brings the team in, takes a moment to regroup. He adjusts and recalibrates to get his team ready to get back on the field and face their opponent.
The same goes for life.
Everything can be going well. You’re happy at work. The kids are excelling at school, and they are even getting along with each other at home. Life seems pretty perfect.
Then over time something happens. Not overnight and maybe even so gradually that you don’t notice it. But one day you wake up and it seems like nothing’s going right and everyone is grumpy.
Something is off.
Something is broken.
And everyone needs a time out.
There are just some things that need an adjustment.
God wants to work in your life and the lives of your kids to tweak some things in your character. In a lot of ways, He’s taking a time out and making adjustments to conform you to the image of His Son. In those times, it’s like God is pulling us over to the side and reminding us when we need to recalibrate a few things.
And it makes sense, really. If God made us, He knows what we need to give attention to. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to His instruction manual and what He has to say about certain attitudes. Take the idea of GRATITUDE, for example. If we never take the time to acknowledge what God has done in our lives or how others have helped us, we may develop an unhealthy ego or a growing frustration at the people around us. We might become bitter and complain about every little thing.
That’s why GRATITUDE is a really big idea that God talks about so much. It affects more of your life than you probably have ever imagined. That’s why we’re taking this month to talk about what it means to show GRATITUDE: letting others know how they’ve helped you.
For week one, we kick off the month by taking a closer look at our memory verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It says, “Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” (NIrV)
We want to help kids understand why God wants us to give thanks in all circumstances. We believe something will happen in the heart of any child when they learn to take a TIME OUT, think about this verse, and remember the Bottom Line: You always have something to be grateful for.
At the ROCK this year, for the 2nd year in a row, our Advent mission is going to be supporting the local community by growing the MCC scholarship fund. These scholarships are used to provide preschool education to families experiencing hardship. You can support this mission through a donation that can be used in a silent auction basket &/or by joining us for dinner the night of the auction – eat with us and bid on auction items! The dinner and auction are Wednesday, November 19th. There will also be bouncy houses on the playground starting at 5p and the Book Fair going on in MCC that night . You won’t want to miss it!
Holy guacamole – you read the whole thing. Thank you! Here’s this week’s lessons:
Have a great week!