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Devotional – Thankfulness
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Core 2: Thankfulness

Devotional – Thankfulness


  • Hobbies are a gift from God to bring us joy. So, let’s see how we should be thankful to Him.
  • Read, or someone read the Teaching verse. FYI: The memory verse is further down

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!


Big picture Hobbies and interests give us great joy and remind us of God’s love.

  • Q: What's the best day you ever had? Have you ever had a REALLY good day? (share an example)
  • Q: What made that particular day so good? And, how did you feel?
  • We hope all of you have had great days where you felt so good, and so blessed by God that you could hardly hold all the joy in your heart. And, that you will have many more joyous days like that to come!
  • The Bible book Revelation tells us that heaven will be 1000 times better than even your best days here on earth. And you will live in heaven forever and ever, in such joy you cannot even imagine.
  • Isn‘t that wonderful?! All of you boys who believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will someday go to heaven and live with Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit, and all the angels, and every other person whom God has saved from hell. That‘s why we say, “Hallelujah! And Amen!” to that wonderful day when we all will meet Jesus in heaven.
  • But until that heavenly day, we live here on earth and do the best we can, living our lives, and serving God. But God is a perfect father. He knows sometimes we need to see a little bit of heaven here on earth. So, God gives us good gifts, even while we live here on earth.
  • All that to say, hobbies are one of those good gifts from God that many people find give them great joy doing. That’s why we are teaching you about hobbies. Because we know how fun they are.
  • God loves us so much! Think of all the wonderful things He has done for you!
  • Q: What are some things you are thankful for? (loved ones, pets, food, shelter, health, hobbies, etc)
  • The teaching verse tells us that we should rejoice every day for all these good gifts God gives us.
  • Rejoicing in the Lord means repeatedly returning to joyful thoughts, not letting yourself get unhappy, or grumpy, or sad, because God loves you. And letting that joyfulness in your heart overflow towards God to give Him thanks. Because God deserves our praise. He is worthy of all our praise and worship.
  • So, the next time you get down or sad, think about how much your Heavenly Father loves you. And how many good gifts He has given you, and about how great heaven will be. Many people find learning a hobby turns their sadness into gladness. We hope you do too!

Memory Verse #3

Ask if anybody knows it yet and can say it? Read it together 2X Consider having a memory verse pamphlet for kids take home.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Topical Questions

  1. John 3:16 is the best example of the Gospel good news there is. Let that good news fill you with joy! Are you thankful for the Gospel?

  2. The teaching verse says to rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. What does “always” mean; even on bad days?

  3. When you have a bad day, do you find it hard to rejoice in the Lord? Why?

Closing Prayer

Father God, we are so grateful to You for all that You have given us. Help us to rejoice in You, even on bad days! Help us to remember Your goodness when we are doing our hobby. Let the joy of our hobbies turn our hearts and minds to You in thankfulness. Because all good gifts come from You. We love you Lord and ask these prayer requests in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen!

Devotional HB02F Version Date: 3/18/2023

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