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Vital signs- Wednesday, November 2st, 2023

The simple strategy of being thankful keeps us humble and focused on the the gift giver more so than the gift itself.

Moses gave Israel a very clear command to be intentional in their instruction of their children and grandchildren. He reminded them to remember what the Lord had done. Stories of His faithfulness were not to fade from their hearts. These people of God had suffered under slavery, but they were delivered by the Almighty’s miraculous deeds. Nothing they or their children faced could extinguish their experiencing the Lord’s salvation. Emotionally recounting God-stories gives mental word pictures that remain. Lessons in gratitude teach gratefulness.

Accounts of our answered prayers prepare our children to pray and thank God. A simple idea is to record your family prayers on the left column of a prayer journal and write the answer to those prayers on the right side of the page. Update your prayers weekly with your child and review how the Lord has answered your petitions. Furthermore, gratitude is as much caught as taught. Talk over meals about God’s work in the people you encounter at work. Describe how He has been faithful in their lives to overcome obstacles. Be an aggressive appreciator of God.

Quietly and consistently thank people for the blessing they are in your life. Perhaps you designate “Thankful Thursdays” to write thank you notes with your children. Have stamps, envelopes, stationery and pens in a zip lock bag so you are prepared to sit down for 20 minutes and write a couple of notes to those who need your encouragement. Keep it brief and make sure to pen a scripture verse that reminds you of the person you are writing. Instruct your grandchildren to always thank their mom and dad. Gratitude especially honors those who model thankfulness!   

“Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,”

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬

Team Wade loves you and praying for you ❤️👊

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