Sunday, August 7, 2016

Face the Son and Give Thanks

 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5,6

Our two acres got almost three inches of rain the other night. As I went down to gather eggs, I noticed the sunflowers were drooping in every direction from the weight of the raindrops. We've had a very dry summer. The sunflowers needed the rain to grow. 
As the sun began to dry the raindrops from the flowers, their heads began to lift and face the sun again. 

When the storms of life come, we may have trouble seeing the Son, but He said He will never leave us or forsake us. The storms in our life seem hard at the time, but they help us grow. We just need to be like sunflowers and bow our heads in prayer. He will dry our tears. Then we can lift our heads in praise and follow the Son. 

Hey Kids:
You can praise God every day for His care, even when the storms of life come.
One way to remember to give praise and thanks is to jot down three things each day that are gifts from the Lord.
When we notice the good things God does, it's easier to face the hard things.
Here are some ideas from my favorite blog, A Holy Experience.

  • Sunday - 3 gifts from God's Word
  • Monday - 3 gifts in summer
  • Tuesday - A gift hole, whole, half
  • Wednesday - 3 things which are hard to give thanks for (Remember, storms in our life help us grow).
  • Thursday - 3 gifts of metal
  • Friday - 3 gifts half-hidden
  • Saturday - 3 gifts in green

These are only suggestions. I like Tuesday's ideas. I'm thankful for a swimming hole, a whole bowl of ice cream and half a watermelon.  What gifts are you thankful for?
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