Alright, friends. By now, there’s a good chance you know my sweet momma is a Sunday school teacher. I’m really not exaggerating when I say that Sunday school is a pretty big deal around the Wilson household. In some way, shape, or form, all five of us have had a hand in prepping for her lessons. For me, sometimes that includes reviewing books for her class, such as A Very Thankful Prayer by Bonnie Richner.
My momma puts countless hours into each Sunday school lesson that she teaches to her Primary class. Her lessons are definitely not thrown together at the last minute.
And, friend, I bet you’re wondering why she spends so much time on one lesson, right?
Well, it’s because planting good seeds into the heart of a child and nurturing those seeds to grow in the Lord is not something that should be taken lightly. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with children is a big responsibility and it requires planning, prayer, and sometimes a craft or two.
And sometimes, sharing the Good News with the kids requires reading children’s books that perfectly explain how to be a good Christian and how to share the love of Christ.
Be Thankful and Prayerful
Recently, I had the opportunity to review A Very Thankful Prayer by Bonnie Richner Jensen. As Fall rolls around and Thanksgiving approaches, we oftentimes find ourselves reflecting on the blessings of the year and praising God for His goodness and mercy. That also means you can guarantee there will be a Sunday school lesson or two on thankfulness. It’s pretty easy for the children to discuss big blessings when talking about being thankful and grateful during Sunday school lessons. But, how can we teach the children to be thankful for the little things, too?
A Very Thankful Prayer
A Very Thankful Prayer, written for younger children in mind, does just that. The extremely colorful book (seriously, y’all, these illustrations by Natalia Moore are ah-mazing!) follows some very cute woodland creatures as they give thanks for both the small and large things they are thankful for on a chilly, fall day. One particular part of the story mentions being thankful for the farmer’s field that grows the food we eat. The book takes it a step further and mentions being thankful for the raindrops and sun that are required for seeds to grow. You know, the little things.
This book would be the perfect book to use in Sunday school class (or read to your own children at home!) to use as a springboard to brainstorm other things we should be thankful for that we normally take for granted each day. (We’ve done a similar lesson like this for Children’s church, and fair warning, some of the things the kids are thankful for… well, prepare yourself. 🙂 )
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