I have been blessed repeatedly by the wonderful e-books and resources offered through Graham Family Ministries. As I prayed about celebrating Thanksgiving purposefully this year, I stumbled upon Shari Graham’s 30 Day Thanksgiving Journal. This is a very simple e-book for individual or family use to really focus on being thankful, offering a verse for every day in November, and a few simple questions to meditate upon and put into practice a thankful heart this month.
Sheri describes this e-book as follows: As I thought about the holidays approaching and the temptation for my children (and myself) to focus on ourselves, I wanted something that we could do over the month of November that would turn our hearts more toward the Lord and toward serving others. For each day of November there is a verse to copy, memorize, and/or journal about, a place for you and your children to record things you are thankful for that day, and a place to record ways you can GIVE to others that day. It seems like we always focus on giving “thanks”, but then do we turn around and GIVE to others as we have been richly blessed? I hope these journal pages will challenge you to look for ways to give to others this holiday season.
I love Sheri’s focus not only on cultivating a thankful heart, but also focusing on the “giving” aspect of ThanksGIVING. We have been given so much, how can we in turn give to bless others this month? I have been using this journal over the past few days during our family devotion time in the morning. We read the verse and discuss it’s meaning and application in our lives, and then we share one thing we are thankful for. It has been so simple and yet rich! This e-book is very basic (only 37 pages), and yet draws our hearts to the Word of God and all the glorious riches He has bestowed upon us.
Do you have any good Thanksgiving resources to recommend? How do you prepare your hearts for this holiday?