Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thankful Tree

I write about gratefulness a lot in this space.  It's something I try to be intentional about in my everyday life, even though you see the posts on Mondays.  And the Lord has recently put on my heart that most of the times when He's speaking to me about something, He wants me to teach my kids about it as well.  So, we've started talking about all things gratefulness and thanksgiving.

I'm learning that being grateful is not a very natural thing for Claire to be.  There are so many things she does so well, but having a heart of thanksgiving is not one of them.  And I've been convicted that it's not her fault.  If she isn't demonstrating thankfulness in her life, that's my fault (and Steve's!!).  As her parents, we need to be the ones setting the example, having conversations, being intentional about thankfulness.

So...I'm sure many of you have seen this before.  And it's something I've always wanted to do, just never have.  A thankfulness tree.  Cute, right?  And super simple.  The way we're going to do it is every night at dinner, we're each going to write down one thing we're thankful for on a tag and hang it on the tree.  Then when we pray over our meal, we'll each pray and thank God for whatever we wrote down.  Of course, it doesn't just have to be a dinner time activity.  I'm hoping it will be something that we'll do throughout the day, as we learn to focus on gratitude and have more conversations about the things we're thankful for.

[This picture is of a friend's tree.  Mine isn't totally ready yet.  I purchased all the supplies at Hobby Lobby, just need to get it all set up!]  
Being intentional with how I teach my kids is so not a natural thing for me.  I see all these moms doing fun, messy projects and think, "I don't have the energy for that." You know, since it's about me and all.  But when I take time to do something different, something that I know Claire would love to do, that's when I see fruit.  That's when I see her heart being molded into someone who loves Jesus. And so it makes all the energy and time worth it.  My calling as a mom is to raise holy kids, being intentional to teach them about thankfulness is just one thing I can do to fulfill that calling.

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16 comments:

Meagan said...

This is such a great idea! I would love to have it out all year long.

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

LOVE this. Love it. I can't wait to see what yours looks like!


(Know what else I love? When I read your posts now, I can totally hear you saying the words. ha!)

Laura @ Life with Lolo said...

I love this idea of the Thankfulness Tree! It is such a cute way to get your little one thinking about what she's thankful for. I know myself I need to get better about this too. I'm thinking about trying to maybe journal about it at night before bed, or at least setting aside time to really refect on it more!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I never thought of that!! That's a great idea and I could change the tree according to the seasons. :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I know...I feel the same about your posts! And...don;t get your hopes up, it could be one of those Pinterest fail posts!! :)

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

I like those too so, win/win.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you!! Have you seem Ember Grey's Grateful Heart link-up? It's so good...every Monday you can link up or just post about something you're grateful for. It's been good for me because sometimes I'm like "I don't know what to write about," BUT there is always something! It's just been really good for me.

Amy @ Set Free said...

omg...you're totally making me lol right now...you're kinda in a mood! :) And I love it!

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

HAHA! Dude, I AM totally in a mood today!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yasssss! I love it! Moods like this call for a bottle of wine...which I will be opening shortly.

ashortblonde said...

What a fabulous idea -- the visual, I'm sure will trigger thankfulness throughout the day.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Claire is super excited about it...and yes, just waiting on the visual! :)

Laura @ Life with Lolo said...

I'll have to remember that! It would be a good thing for me to do at least once a month!

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Yes! And if you don't follow her blog already, I highly recommend. :)

Jenna Brussee said...

I love that you are being intentional to teach your kids to be grateful! Over the past couple years it's something I've been working on for myself, and I definitely want to set a good example when I have kids. A thankful tree is a great way to remind yourself in a visual way of all you have to be thankful for.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Our tree has been so fun!! My 7 year old has been so into it, which I love! Having kids definitely shows you all the things you need to work on in your life. It's very humbling, so I'm glad we've found a fun way to talk about gratitude. :)