Your Stewardship Toolkit for November — the month for thanksgiving — looks at how practicing gratitude helps develop a heart of generosity. Free newsletter article and weekly bulletin blurbs.
Plenty of benefits to body, mind and soul accompany gratitude. The good news is that thankfulness can be cultivated with a little time and effort. Positive Psychology offers a wide variety of exercises to help.
What difference does gratitude make in our lives? A lot! Being grateful is a foundation for a happy, fulfilling life as a follower of Jesus. This article from yourbreakthrough.com explains. Check out its other helpful links. (Photo: Tiger Girl, Creative Commons)
Equip the saints of your church with a daily Advent devotional: “Generosity in Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.” Produced by the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA, the free, downloadable booklet offers ways to explore, serve and pray over Scripture passages. Organized by weekly Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love.
Just think of all the bible verses that offer thanks to God and you’ll know that gratitude is a characteristic of healthy faith. Supplement your bible studies and workshops with these insights from Psychology Today about the power of gratitude. (Photo: Vistamommy, Creative Commons)
Yes! A recent study concluded that practicing gratitude does indeed have a direct effect upon one’s eating habits and making healthier dietary choices. Read more about the study and its conclusions to be a better (and more grateful) steward of your health. (Photo: Marco Verch, Creative Commons)
Think of the church leaders you admire for their effectiveness. Chances are they exude a sense of gratitude for who they are, where they are and what they are doing. Not that things are perfect, but they deal with problems and life. Gratitude affects your attitude and makes a big difference in your ministry. Leadership […]
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but medical science proves that it’s a good idea to find ways to give thanks for the things in your life every day. This month take it on as a spiritual discipline by keeping a “gratitude journal,” sending out three thank you cards a week, or just counting your […]
You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to encourage “thanks-living.” Here’s a list of 10 short videos about random acts of kindness and gratitude. Use these films as discussion starters with your youth groups, faith formation classes, or other venues in your faith community. (Photo: marco antonio torres, Creative Commons)
Here’s a 30 day gratitude quiz that’s definitely worth exploring–with children, teens, and adults. Author Robin Shreeves suggests adapting it for your context. (Photo: Rick Bradley, Creative Commons)