Day 1: Coats

Welcome to Being Thankful for the Little Things, our annual November Thanksgiving family devotional series. This year, we're focusing on being thankful for the little stuff, the things we often take for granted. Each devotional is meant to be read as a family. At the end of each devotional, you'll find a journaling prompt (you can download a free journal cover and pages here) and an action step you can take to help out someone else. Thanks for joining us and be sure to share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

It's 48 degrees and raining outside. When I go out, I'll be putting on my warm, winter coat, pulling on my gloves and tucking my ears under a hat. I might still get wet, but my clothes will stay dry and I will stay warm.

I'm thankful for my coat. I probably have four or five coats of different types in my closet. I have a dress coat, a ski jacket, a windbreaker, a trench coat and a jean jacket, just to name a few. I never look in my closet and wonder what I should put on to keep warm.

Did you know that coats are just one of the many things that God provides for us? While God didn't actually manufacture the coat, He did provide the raw materials and the intelligence for people to make them. We are cozy warm when we go outside because God provides for us. He provides big things like a family and a house and little things like a coat. He does that because He loves us.

One of God's names is Jehovah Jireh, which means provider. Anything that we have, God has provided it for us, and we can thank Him for it. This month, we're celebrating Thanksgiving, the holiday where we stop for a moment to give thanks for all we have. We're going to spend the next couple weeks talking about the little things that we have to be thankful for.

It's important to remember to be thankful no matter what is going on in our lives. Even in tough times, we can be thankful for something. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says " give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." God wants us to be thankful all the time. He wants us to find a reason to be thankful even in the midst of tough stuff. And He's given us a whole bunch of things to be thankful for.

Which is why, today, I'm thankful for my coat. I'm not a big fan of cold, wet weather. I'm not really super thankful for a cold drizzle. But I am thankful for my coat, which makes that cold drizzle not quite so cold and wet.

Journal entry: Write down at least three things in your Thanksgiving journal that you are thankful for today. Focus on the little things that God has provided for you, but feel free to write down anything that comes to mind.

Action step: Lots of kids don't have coats. When it's cold and rainy or snowy, they have nothing to put on over their clothes. Look through your closets today and find any old coats that no one wears or they have outgrown. Many places collect coats to give to kids who need them at this time of the year. Take your old and outgrown coats to a donation spot and help make another child thankful he has a coat.

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