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November 2016
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Parenting Challenge

"Teaching your kids to be thankful for what they have"
By Laura Holmes Buddenberg
It can be a challenge to get your kids to appreciate Thanksgiving and the things they have when they are eager for Christmas to arrive with all of the shiny new things.

Parents can help their kids learn and practice gratitude in two main ways:
    1.  Spend uninterrupted time together
    2.  Focus on serving others.

The method you use for teaching children gratitude depends on the child's age.  Click here to read more.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

A grateful heart sees each day as a gift. Thankful people focus less on what they lack and more on the privileges they have. I attended a banquet recently in which a wounded soldier was presented with the gift of a free house. He nearly fell over with gratitude. He bounded onto the stage with his one good leg and threw both arms around the presenter. “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” He hugged the guitar player in the band and the big woman on the front row. He thanked the waiter, the other soldiers, and then the presenter again. Before the night was over, he thanked me! And I didn’t do anything.

Shouldn’t we be equally grateful? Jesus is building a house for us (John 14:2). Our deed of ownership is every bit as certain as that of the soldier. What’s more, Jesus cured our leprosy. Sin cankered our souls and benumbed our senses. Yet the Man on the path told us we were healed, and, lo and behold, we were!

The grateful heart is like a magnet sweeping over the day, collecting reasons for gratitude. A zillion diamonds sparkle against the velvet of your sky every night. Thank you, God. A miracle of muscles enables your eyes to read these words and your brain to process them. Thank you, God. Your lungs inhale and exhale eleven thousand liters of air every day. Your heart will beat about three billion times in your lifetime. Your brain is a veritable electric generator of power. Thank you, God.

For the jam on our toast and the milk on our cereal. For the blanket that calms us and the joke that delights us and the warm sun that reminds us of God’s love. For the thousands of planes that did not crash today. For the men who didn’t cheat on their wives, and the wives who didn’t turn from their men, and the kids who, in spite of unspeakable pressure to dishonor their parents, decided not to do so. Thank you, Lord.

Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart. To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up.

Join the ranks of the 10 percent who give God a standing ovation. “Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20 NLT).

Prayer Requests

Pray for parents of slain Urbandale Police Officer who was a football camper at our Pella Sports Camp in 2010 & 2011.  Both parents work in the South Central Calhoun School District.

* Pray for successful Year-End funding as we strive to raise $80,000 in November and December so we can expand the area staff and serve more coaches and athletes. (Note: Please consider a gift to FCA on Giving Tuesday which is November 29th.)

* Pray for Des Moines East High School Huddle Coach, Lowell Long, who had a heart attack last week. 

*Pray for successful surgeries and speedy recoveries for Sue Gravert (knee replacement on 11/14) and Trisha Gray (hip replacement on 11/17).

*Pray for Carol Schulte who has just been diagnosed with leukemia again. Her husband, Matt, coaches football at Pella High School and they both have been actively involved at our Pella Sports Camp for several years.

*Pray for the new huddle start ups at Madrid, Ballard, Colfax, Panorama and Des Moines Christian.

*Pray for the Johnston/Urbandale Lock-in over Thanksgiving break

*Pray for Panorama's first huddle meeting on November 20th


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