One of the best ways to retrain our minds and hearts is to meditate on Truth.
When I’m struggling to be thankful, I need something to replace the negative thoughts.
God’s Word tells us to “Give thanks in all circumstances,” and though we always have so much for which to be thankful, many times, my heart doesn’t feel thanks.
As I’ve been helping my kids develop an attitude of gratitude, I’ve found that simply thinking of something good instead of complaining is helpful. But even more powerful, is replacing the ingratitude or complaint with God’s Word.
When we complain, deep down our hearts are really saying that God isn’t good or God doesn’t care enough about me to give me what I want. Or maybe the belief is that God loves that other person more than me. Whatever it is, that complaining thought is a lie and must be replaced with Truth.
As we memorize these with our kids, let’s pray for God to work in the hearts of our children, turning bitterness into gladness and complaining into joy!
Let’s pray for our children’s faith to grow, and let’s look for opportunities to help them see God’s abundant blessings all around us.
Scripture Memory for Kids :: 10 Verses about Giving Thanks and Having an Attitude of Gratitude
- Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV)
- Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 106:1 ESV)
- Do all things without grumbling or disputing. (Philippians 2:14 ESV)
- Singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19b-20 ESV)
- And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 ESV)
- This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 ESV)
- The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV)
- Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35b ESV)
- Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (Psalm 100:4 ESV)
- Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV)
To help your family memorize and think about these verses, I’ve created a FREE printable for you! Click the link below for the version you’d like ::
Question for You ::
What is your go-to verse on thankfulness?