Thanksgiving is a great time to catch up, enjoy time with friends and family, and reflect on what’s happening in your life. I LOVE this time of year, and I think it’s because everyone around me seems to have lifted spirits. It’s a time when people feel loved and engaged in the importance of life… and that is love. Being around those that impact your life positively gives us the encouragement we need to simply tackle each day. And isn’t that what God intended? For us to have fellowship with each other…
SO, in light of spending time with those special people, here are four ideas to give thanks and connect!
- Pick out verses from the Bible that relate to thankfulness (enough for each person to have one) and write or print them on cards. Place the cards in a bowl and have each person pick one prior to dinner beginning. Whoever can recite their verse by the end of dinner will get a donation made to their favorite organization. Decide on a set amount ($20/correct reciting), and maybe even choose options for the places to receive the donation for more organization. This is a great way to give back and have fun reflection on the truth and goodness of God’s word.
- Popcorn praying. This is a concept introduced to me at church. It’s a great way to include all in praying for what is laid on each person’s heart. Where two or more are gathered, God is there. What a great way for those to pray with each other, and to pray even for specific prayer requests. One person begins the prayer, and next whoever feels led, says a prayer and it goes around until nobody else wants to go. Finally, a designated person closes the prayer. I have to admit I was apprehensive to do it the first time, but I love doing it now! Try it out, it’s a chance to grow closer and be there for your dearest people!
- Place everyone’s name in a bowl or the cliche “hat”, and each person draw a name. Around the dinner table, everyone takes a turn to say why they are thankful for the person they pulled. This can be super fun! It can be a funny memory, how they impact your life, or just the way they are. It’s a great time to share moments and enjoy time sharing thankfulness.
- Make a “Thankful” board. This can be done for the whole month. Put it in a place where you will see it everyday. And let the it be about anything. Don’t just make it about general things, really pinpoint what in your life you are truly thankful over. This gives you specific evidence of what’s good in your life and is such an encouragement to what is taking place in your bubble.
Thanksgiving, and the holidays in general, are the most “wonderful time of the year”. Use these moments to cherish those around you, reflect on the important aspects of life, and to make an effort instilling the richness that love from Our Father brings to this life.