Thankfulness . . . What if???

Lynda Freeman —  November 22, 2011

For the past few weeks I’ve been writing about some of the things I’m thankful for. I recently saw a post on a friend’s facebook which made me stop and think about thankfulness. . .

So . . . yes, I’m thankful, but do I take time every day to thank God for His many, many blessings in my life?  This caused me to ask myself a few questions . . .

  • If I do not make the choice to be intentional about thanking God every day, how can I expect the children in my ministry do so so?
  • Does thankfulness “flow” out of me? When children see me, do they see a person who is thankful? Or, do they see someone who is down, cranky and who rarely shares her thankfulness for God’s many blessings?
  • Is thankfulness a real part of my life? Do children – and others around me – not only hear me “talk” about being thankful, but do they see thankfulness expressed by the things I do? A truly thankful person is generous, am I generous with my time, possessions and with my praise, kind words and appreciation for others?
  • I’ve heard it said, “When you squeeze an orange what comes out is what is inside it.” When I’m “squeezed” is thankfulness the thing others see?
So, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s be sure to make the choice about being intentional in our thankfulness every day, all year long!
Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (NIV)

 

Lynda Freeman

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Lynda has been married to Dave for 30 years . . . they met on a volcano in Northern California! Lynda took one look at Dave and thought, “We will get married!” And so they did! They have two grown children, Tiffany (26) and Dave (25), a daughter-in-law, Jackie (26) and two grandsons; Josiah (3) and the newly arrived Caleb – they are the delight of her life! Lynda lives in West Michigan and has served in children’s ministry for 40 years . . . she started with a Wednesday night class for four year olds when she was 10 . . . and has led ministries in churches with 100 people, 1600 people and several in-between. Children’s ministry is the passion of Lynda’s heart – she wants volunteers to love serving and children to love being there so they can learn to know and walk with Jesus all their lives! Lynda worked as a consultant for Gospel Light, Group and Zonderkidz/Big Idea/Willow Creek and worked as the Church Resource Consultant for Kregel Bookstores for 13 years providing training and answering questions for churches throughout West Michigan. She has written for Children’s Ministry Magazine and Your Church Magazine, wrote some of the preschool lessons for Big Idea’s VeggieConnections curriculum, was a contributing author for Group’s Humongous Book of Bible Skits for Children’s Ministry and wrote the Connections to Christ portion of the Manners that Matter curriculum from Maralee McKee. Eight years ago Lynda was diagnosed with MS, Lupus and a few other auto-immune illnesses and can no longer work “hands-on” with children . . . the stairs at her church are best avoided. However, Lynda consults with and advises her church and writes their curriculum, kidz Connection. She also writes a blog – About the Children’s Department - and is developing a series of children’s books and a resource on praying the Scripture! For fun, Lynda writes a blog for grandmas- grandma’s cookie jar (www.grandmascookiejar.net ) . . . well, grandpas, moms and dads are welcome to read it, too! You will find her on Twitter, Facebook and CM Connect .