You simply tell Him, “Thank you.”
Tell Him out loud.
Say, “Thank you for ________.”
You just talk to Him in an open prayer, closet prayer, on your knees prayer, in the car, in the shower, in the house, in the yard…wherever you are just say, “Thank you God for all you are and all you do.”
Eventually, your heart will not be able to contain its praise and will overflow with thanksgiving. You might find yourself shouting, singing, throwing your hands in the air and maybe even dancing.
And it starts with being thankful fo the little things.
Why would being thankful and offering thanks for little things such as, “thank you for the rain, the sunshine, the stars, the water in my glass, the food on my plate or the ability to turn on the lights in the house”, help someone to become more grateful?
Doesn’t it sound too simple to God for adults to be saying thank you in such simple words as a child’s prayer?
Well… the heart is a muscle and like all muscles it needs exercising. When you exercise your body it becomes stronger and capable of doing things otherwise too hard.
When we exercise our spiritual hearts, we become more grateful, stronger in relationship with the Lord and more capable to handle life and all its struggles. A heart overflowing in thankfulness to God is praise.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
As a parent, you are the example for your children to witness what thanksgiving looks like. We can demonstrate a grateful heart on all occasions:
- With the small things of life
- When times are hard
- At the table for a meal…even if it’s vegetables!
- When you find something lost
- If something is going great
- For being loved
Show your children how to be thankful and help nurture their heart’s towards thanksgiving.