Friday, June 10, 2011

Yummy Summer Gratitude Journals

As you know, I’ve been working on cultivating a grateful heart on Friday for the past year. I really don’t think that we are naturally grateful. As moms, we are always teaching our children to say, “please and thank you.” “What’s do you say?,” we ask when we give our children something, prompting them to say “thank you.” It just doesn’t come naturally! We have to train them to be grateful. This summer we’re keeping Gratitude Journals. I thought we’d simply do journals where the children draw a picture after we’ve had an adventure to document our summer fun. But when I decided to put my Yummy Summer posts on Fridays instead of my usual Grateful Heart posts, I had the idea of making our summer journals – Gratitude Journals.

Here’s the scoop:
1. Buy a blank book for your child. This can be a sketch book that you get at an art supply store or a blank journal.

2. after a fun summer day (could be a day at the zoo, beach, or simply a day at home) have your child draw a picture of their favorite part of their day.
*If your children are older, they can take photos and assembly a scrapbook of their summer

3. Have your child tell you what was their favorite part of the day and if they cannot write yet, you write what they say on their picture.

4. Select a verse from the Bible that corresponds to the picture your child drew. For example, my daughter drew a picture of a giraffe from our trip to the zoo, so we picked a verse from Genesis when God created the animals.

5. now for the best part! Use your picture, photo, and verse to thank God for your special day and what you loved most in it.
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  1. Wow, Raeanne, I love this idea. I'm going to give it a try. I also love the idea of praying verses over our children from last week's post.

  2. this is so fun! :) totally going to have the kids do some drawings in their journals...would you mind if I linked to this post on my facebook page!? Rebecca



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