Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nurturing a Thankful Heart

Last night at dinner Rob read the following story. As I shared in this post here, we are taking this week off of school to intentionally focus on that for which we are thankful.

This story is about a man named Matthew Henry. Matthew Henry was a minister that lived in the 1600s and was and is known for the commentaries he wrote on the Bible. At one point in his life, Matthew Henry was robbed. After he was robbed, he wrote the following in his journal:

"I thank Thee, Lord, first because it is the first time I have ever been robbed. Second, I thank Thee because he took my purse and not my life. Third, I thank Thee because, though he took my all, it was not very much. Fourth, I thank Thee because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed."

We used the above story as a perfect example of one who is thankful in all circumstances. We then asked the questions, why do we want to practice being thankful? Why do we want to develop a habit of being thankful? For more on that, click here to read the discussion we had last year. I think the kids got it after they got over the giggles over a man having a purse. We had to explain purse and purse.

For the story about the 2 fighting wolves that Rob read last year, click here.

And for 3 more activities that help foster thankfulness, click here.

This morning we all sat on the couch and made a list in our journals. We all listed all the things we were thankful for. On J-boy's list he "wrote": Brice (his cousin) and Grammy and PawPaw picking him up from school and taking him to the park. That is what he read from his scibble scrabble as we went around the room and read our lists outloud. David wrote "all the things that Dad has built for me and all the things he has let me build by myself" Anna wrote color, sharpies, duct tape. . ah, a crafty gal like her mom. Click here to see the Thankful Garland we made last year; that is how we created our lists last year.

And here is Kimberly's version of the Thankful Tree. She and her family take a hike on Thanksgiving Day and collect pieces for their table centerpiece. Then they come home and make a list of what they are thankful for and put each on a little tag that they hang from their tree. For more thankful trees, click here. And I'd love to see picutres of yours if you do something similar.

And do know that I am thankful for each of you that read my blog, have taken a class, shoot me emails with links and ideas, share how you are being intentional. I am thankful that this blog and my classes have allowed me to cross paths with such amazing women. Ya'll were on my thankful list.


  1. Love this, especially since my youngest is named after Matthew Henry. Blessings!

  2. Love your ideas and will incorporate some into our lives here....we are continually fostering Thankfulness - cause we all - always have something to be thankful for!! You are a blessing! And I will get that email back to you asap..

    Love and hugs from Colorado! xo


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