There’s hardly a day that passes that I don’t stop and thank the Lord for the gift of my home. You see, I prayed for ten years that the Lord would provide a house that was our own; one that would allow us to serve Him as we served others, where we could hold lots of people, and also a home in which we could build some equity. Now, here we are! It’s such a blessing because we waited what seemed to be a fairly long time. It’s God’s wonderful gift to us, and we are so thankful! I can also say, it was worth the wait!
As parents who want to build thankfulness in their child’s heart, I believe it’s wise to follow our heavenly Father’s example and sometimes let our child wait to receive the thing that they’re desiring. Our society today has the attitude of, “I-must-have-it-now!”. We’re not willing to wait for a hamburger, much less a pair of jeans or a car!
Proverbs 13:19 says, “The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”
It’s a greater blessing and causes greater gratitude when we have to wait for something. A child will be more thankful for a toy, the bike or the new outfit if they’ve
- prayed about it – Asked God for His will in this
- saved for it – To help cover the expense
- waited upon it – Because the first two take time!
So, even if you have the means to grant every desire of your child’s, if you want them to learn to be really thankful, apply the principle of Waiting makes you more thankful, and you will be helping your child to develop a grateful heart!
What do you have from the Lord that you had to wait for?
6 thoughts on “Developing Thankfulness in Your Child’s Heart – Part 2”
I was reflecting on my blessings as I walked this morning Denise. As I do most mornings I thank God first that I have two healthy legs to walk on! My Daddy who was an outdoor man if there ever was one, was confined to his bed the last 8 years of his life. When I would complain about “having” to walk, I remembered that my Daddy would have given anything to be able to walk out in his pastures. God has surely blessed me more than I would have ever imagined as a little girl growing up in North Georgia.
We take so much for granted, don’t we? You’re right – just to be able to walk, see, swallow, eat, talk…we are blessed!
I had to wait for my husband, and I’m so thankful for him! 🙂
Come Home For Comfort
Thank for writing this! I’m realizing how important it is to teach gratitude and thankfulness to my kids. My desire is that they will grow up with small “wanters” and a big part of that is gratitude. This was a great reminder that my modeling of that attitude is one of the biggest parts of the equation. I have work to do, but I’m beginning to feel hopeful that we can teach this!
Godliness with contentment is great gain. =) Glad this was helpful, Audrey!