"Take opportunities to give thanks by taking turns around the dinner table to express what you are thankful for."
This was the "Motivation for Moms" snippet of advice on my page today and as I read it I thought of how my little girl Jasmine does her own expression of giving thanks each night.
As we say her prayers, "Now I lay me down to sleep..." and after we have "God blessed" everyone we always thank Him for a lovely day. After this Jasmine keeps going with her thanks, and every day she thanks Him for the special little things that have happened during the day. Usually it is simple things like, "thank you for my mummy letting me use the computer", or "thank you for my mummy for singing songs with me in the car", or “thank you for having fun with my friends at pre-school”, but it is thanks nevertheless, and it gladdens my heart.
The most delightful thing about all of this is that Jasmine, not I, started this and she sees the value in it. I feel it is God touching her heart and showing me that I must also thank Him for the wonderful things that have come across my path each day. They are usually just simple things, but in this busy and hectic world we live in, it is the simple things that do mean the most, as my daughter has taught me.
Dear Lord, thank you for this valuable lesson from my sweet little girl. You are to be thanked for everything, and I mean EVERY thing, that comes along in my day, whether it is good or not so good. You are amazing in how you touch hearts, whether it be a little 4 year old girl, or a 38 year old mummy who is thankful for her little girl's example of giving thanks. In Jesus' Holy Name I thank you, Amen
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” - 1 Chronicles 16:34