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.
We had a busy, busy weekend at our house. We had two hockey games, two hockey practices, an ice rink open house, AWANA, and some Christmas shopping to do. On top of that, we had company, and my husband got sick. By the time we got home from AWANA last night, I and my two girls were exhausted.
Lucky for us, we got to come home and lay our heads on soft pillows in our nice, warm beds so we could get a good night's sleep. We woke up this morning rested and refreshed. A good night's sleep in a comfortable bed is something to be thankful for.
Sometimes it seems like sleeping is a waste of time. There's so many more fun things to do. How many of you moan and groan when mom and dad tell you it's time for bed? How many of you like to come up with reasons to stay up later?
Did you know that God is a big fan of rest? He created the world in six days, and on the seventh, He rested. God didn't rest because He was tired. God doesn't get tired. He rested because He knew that we would need rest and He wanted to give us an example to follow.
God actually talks a lot about rest in the Bible. He tells us that He is a source of rest. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Jesus isn't talking about physical rest here; He's talking about rest for our hearts and minds. He's talking about giving us peace when things are crazy. He's talking about keeping us from wearing ourselves out with worry. All of those things exhaust both our bodies and our spirits. Jesus says He can set our hearts at rest, and when our hearts are at rest, it's easier for our bodies to rest.
Rest is important. When we get the appropriate amount of sleep each night, our bodies are healthier, our brains can make better decisions, and we're usually just a little bit nicer to others.
So, today, be thankful not just for you bed but for the rest that Jesus offers you.
Journal entry: Write down three things that you're thankful you can do when you get enough rest.
Action step: Not everyone has a warm bed at night. Check with a local homeless shelter and see if you can donate blankets or pillows so that someone else can have a warm bed at night, too.