Writing Prompts: Thanksgiving

Week 1: Too Busy to Be Thankful

woman looking upIt’s easy to go about cramming your days with activities, work, TV, chores, friends … and become too busy to be thankful.

James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” During this holiday season, take time to thank God for the gifts He has given you.

Writing Prompt

Each day during the month of November, record at least 3 things for which you are grateful – and then thank God for them.


Week 2: Giving Thanks When Things Are Hard

What do you do when your circumstances are hard?  It is easy to become discouraged or depressed.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” God knows that giving thanks turns our spirits towards Him.

Writing Prompt

Complete this sentence stem:
When I’m discouraged, I…

Week 3: You’re Most Vulnerable When You’re Blessed

It’s easy to sail along when your circumstances are good or to give yourself a pat on the back for an accomplishment. When things are going well, you are most vulnerable to pride or complacency – rather than “Giving thanks always and for everything to God” (Ephesians 5:20).

Writing Prompt

 How can you recognize when you are becoming complacent – and turn that into gratitude?

Week 4: Have Courage to Give Thanks

Psalm 105:1 proclaims, “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”  
There is no better way to show the world you are a Christ-follower than to give Him the credit.  When you are at the office … in the store … with a group of friends … have the courage to share how God has blessed your day and your life.

Writing Prompt

 When and where can you let others know the Source of your blessings?