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 “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. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.”

– James 1:17-18 {ESV}

Manners matter. Saying “please and thank you” are important in showing kindness and gratitude.

It seems few people feel the need to write thank you notes any more. I’m not sure why. Let’s consider the giving of a gift. The giver must first consider what to give; then search for the gift, purchase or make the gift, wrap it and the present the gift. Just adding up the time it took should encourage the receiver to at least say, “Thanks for the effort!” But in saying or writing a “thank you” for a gift, we are acknowledging the giver’s kindness…in thought and in action. What might take the giver hours to complete, will take the recipient but 5 minutes to express a written thank you.

Let’s pray that we can transfer this simple lesson on gratitude to the larger realm of what God has done for us. Let’s teach our children to recognize and thank God for the many ways He blesses, the way He bestows upon us gifts, the way He provides and protects. And by expressing thanks to others, our children will learn how much more important it is to thank Him, too!


 ~ Resource of the Day ~

Raising Kids for True Greatness


This is Day 24 of our 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children Challenge.

Please be sure to follow along this month as we encourage parents to be intentional about praying for their children. Read all of our 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children posts by clicking here.

We’ve also created a calendar (two color options) that you can download and print to keep at your desk, on your fridge or wherever you’ll see it and be reminded to pray.


Click here to download 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children {Option 1}

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Joe and Cindi Ferrini

Joe and Cindi have been married since 1979, live in Cleveland, OH, have 3 grown children (one with special needs), grandchildren, and enjoy speaking and writing together on topics related to marriage and family (FAMILYLIFE’S “WEEKEND TO REMEMBER Get-A-Ways” as well as for organizations pertaining to special needs), leadership, and time/life management. Joe has practiced dentistry since 1978; Cindi enjoys writing (books, blogs, articles, etc.), speaking, radio, and social media. Together they have written articles and blogs for Focus on the Family, FamilyLife, and here at FamilyMatters, and authored UNEXPECTED JOURNEY: When Special Needs Change our Course. They’d love to connect with you at: or



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