It is appropriate that this month the Cool Disciples are talking about ways to balance our busy lives so as to make time to be with God. The kids are hearing that Jesus scheduled downtime into his life. He did lots of teaching and healing, but then he took time to pray to God. He also spent time with friends. Our Bible story for this Rotation is about Jesus’ visit to Mary and Martha’s house (Luke 10: 38-42) where he taught an important lesson about our priorities. Here is a video of our story. (Created by the sixth graders in the Drama Workshop).
We’ve already talked about listening for God. But how do we make time to listen? How do we spend time with God?
Here’s an easy way: Start a gratitude journal.
Recording thankfuls opens the way to God.
Use this Thanksgiving holiday to start your list of thanks. Gather a notebook and a pen and set aside a time at least once a week to write at least five things the family is thankful for – gifts from God.
Once your family practices daily gratitude you’ll find that it brings benefits such as:
- Better health
- Better sleep
- Less anxiety and depression
Read more about the research in The New York Times.
Best of all: Marking gratitude brings you closer to God.
Is your family keeping a gratitude list?
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