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Oh give thanks
to the Lord,
for He is good!
|Thanksgiving Day Activities|
After your family has enjoyed your
Thanksgiving feast, here are three activities
that can help to make the day a time of
|1. "Count Your Blessings"|
Make a poster and cut out objects (see
below). Then write a blessing for which
you are thankful on each cutout and tape or
glue them on the poster. For example:
of a tree with leaf cutouts
a leafless tree on a piece of butcher paper
or posterboard. (You can also open up a paper
grocery bag to use as a large piece of
out leaves from colored paper and write (or
have young children draw) something for which
you are thankful on each leaf.
or glue them to the tree.
of a cornucopia with fruit and vegetable
of an umbrella or grass with raindrop cutouts
(showers of blessings)
Basket or Box
Decorate a box or basket to hold notes
(e.g., 3x5 cards) written by family members
expressing thankfulness for various
blessings, great or small. Younger children
can draw items.
Add more notes throughout the year.
Review them occasionally or read them next
One family's tradition is to start a box
on Thanksgiving into which family members put
notes of thanks to each other – with
specific things they appreciate. They
add to this box until Christmas and open the
notes to each other before they share their
|2. "What Am I|
Charades and/or Pictionary
Have Ready: a chalkboard, whiteboard, or a
large pad of paper with markers.
The idea is for everyone to tell what they
are thankful for by using the rules of charades
• Everyone gets
a turn as others guess. This does not
have to be a points or winning game –
game can continue after everyone has one turn
as long as there is interest.
|3. Your Family|
After your Thanksgiving feast, gather your
family and friends for a time of:
hymns and songs of praise. See words and hear
the music to many hymns of thanksgiving at Cyberhymnal.
to each other the blessings of the Lord.
• Thanking Him
together in prayer.
or quoting Bible verses or passages on
thankfulness and God's blessings (many of the
Psalms, including Psalm 100).
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Thanksgiving Bible Study
Based on Psalm 100
Also use as a mini unit study or
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Are you busy with Thanksgiving-Day
preparations for extended family, guests,
food, and more?
In this issue we offer you a ready-to-use
Bible study which includes learning
activities and practical suggestions for how
your family can praise and thank God this
week—and all year long!
You might use all or parts of this Bible
study during your school time, as a guide for
your family devotions, or for a family
We have also added some ideas for
activities in the sidebar at the left.
They are fun and meaningful ways of
expressing thanks that all ages can join in
May your family come to a deeper
understanding of who God is and what He has
done by studying God's Word together at this
Thanksgiving time—resulting in praise
and thankfulness to our wonderful Lord for
His goodness to us.
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1. Bible Study and Memory
Read, Discuss, and Memorize Psalm 100:1,
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye
Serve the Lord with
Come before his
presence with singing."
2. Word Study
Study the words "praise" and "thank."
up both words in a dictionary (online)
and a thesaurus (online).
Webster's 1828 Dictionary online
and look up praise
(You can buy
this dictionary from Foundation for American
out that there is a difference between:
praising God for Who He is and thanking Him
for what He's done.
3. Further Bible Study
up verses that contain the words "praise" and
"thank" in a concordance or online at BibleGateway.com.
up "praise" and "thankfulness" in Baker's
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical
for discussion and more references.
4. Nature Study
Psalm 19:1-6 and answer: "How does the
earth and all creation praise God?"
• Write a
poem (see how-to tips online)
or paint a picture of nature praising
Who God Is
1. Bible Study and Memory
Read, Discuss, and Memorize Psalm
"Know ye that the Lord he is God:
It is he that hath
made us, and not we ourselves;
We are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture."
2. Considering God, Our
139, consider, and answer the
questions: "Did God make each of us
individually? Who knows us, our
character, and our thoughts better than
anyone else? What does this mean to
3. Considering God, Our
Psalm 100:3 tells us that we are God's
Psalm 23 gives us a picture of what it
means to have God as our Shepherd.
23 and think of how this description
makes you feel (e.g., safe, loved, etc.).
things to praise God for from Psalm 23.
4. Studying the Character of
What is God like?
In addition to God being holy, loving,
just, and true, older children can learn the
meaning and implications of terms such as
omnipotent, omniscience, omnipresent, and
Doctrine of God" for a list of the
attributes of God with Scripture references.
• Write a
character description of God based on
(See Exodus 34:6, 7; Deut. 6:4; 10:17; Num.
16:22; Ex. 15:11, 33:19; Isa. 44:6; Hab. 3:6;
Ps. 102:26; Job 34:12; Rev. 5:12, 7:12; and
2. Thanking God for What He Has
1. Bible Study and Memory
Read, Discuss, and Memorize Psalm
"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts
Be thankful unto
him, and bless his name."
2. What To Thank God for
Make a list of things your family is
thankful for and keep adding to your list all
year long (see suggested activities in the
sidebar at left). Be sure to include
Love and Free Offer of Salvation
"For the wages of sin is death, but the
free gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
"And my God will supply all your needs
according to His riches in glory in Christ
Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
"Every good thing given and every perfect
gift is from above, coming down from the
Father." (James 1:17)
You can rightfully thank God for anything
and everything good, including a found
parking space, safety during a near accident
that you avoided, good news from a friend, or
the beauty of the day.
"For He gives to His beloved even in his
sleep." (Psalms 127:2)
"He causes His sun to rise on the evil and
the good, and sends rain on the righteous and
the unrighteous." (Matthew 5:45)
We can thank the Lord for those things we
have received from God without specifically
asking for them.
3. Studying the Names of God
some of the names of the Lord (e.g., Jehovah
Jireh - The God Who Provides).
a list of hundreds of names of God, many with
Scripture references, at ChristianAnswers.net.
names would you give God, based on your
personal or family relationship with
What God Has Done
1. Bible Study and Memory
Read, Discuss, and Memorize Psalm
"For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is
And His faithfulness
to all generations."
Webster's 1828 Dictionary online for
definition of kindness.
136 and using it as an example, write a
family Psalm telling about God's
lovingkindness to your family.
about God's faithfulness in Lamentations
Is Thy Faithfulness."
has God been faithful to you? Write
one or more verses to the above tune praising
and thanking God for what He has been and
done for your family.
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3. Ways To Praise and Thank God
"I will bless the Lord at all times: his
praise shall continually be in my
mouth." (Psalm 34:1)
1. In Private and Family Prayer
Talking to God in prayer throughout the
day is how we can "pray without ceasing" (1
Thessalonians 5:17). And the majority
of our words to Him should be praise to Him
for Who He is (His attributes) and thanks for
what He has done for us.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to
God." (Philippians 4:6)
"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping
alert in it with an attitude of
thanksgiving." (Colossians 4:2)
Teach your children to begin their prayers
with praise and thanksgiving before
presenting their petitions.
During your family prayer time, ask your
children to think of one specific thing that
happened that day (especially to them
individually) for which they can thank the
2. In Song, Singing Hymns and Spiritual
Throughout Scripture, thankfulness to the
Lord is expressed not only in words, but
"I will praise the name of God with song
and magnify Him with thanksgiving."
"Let the word of Christ richly dwell
within you, with all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another with psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing with
thankfulness in your hearts to God."
(memorize) and sing hymns and songs of praise
and thanksgiving. See a list of more than 300
songs of praise at CyberHymnal.org
(choose menu item "Praising Him" on the
People That on Earth Do Dwell," based on
alone, either aloud or to yourself, as you
work or travel.
as a family, at meals, devotional times, and
in the car.
3. In Public, as a Testimony to
Giving thanks to God should also be done
before others as a testimony of His goodness
to all mankind and our appreciation of Him.
The phrase "Praise the Lord" is
appropriate many times in our daily
conversations, before our family and in front
of the unsaved or strangers. We should not
tire of using it with sincerity!
Worship and Prayer
Our corporate worship during the song
service and public prayers at church should
be meaningful praise and thanksgiving to the
"In the midst of the assembly I will
praise You." (Psalms 22:22)
the Praise to God.
Teach your children by your own example
that when we are praised by others, we should
acknowledge the Lord's grace that enables us
to do anything good or praiseworthy. In
this way we give the glory and praise to Him.
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your
name give glory because of Your
lovingkindness, because of Your truth."
Singing praise and thanks to the Lord at a
rest home or rescue mission is a real
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