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I believe one of the most important qualities we can develop in our Christian walks is a spirit of thankfulness, which means it's equally important for us to build it into our kids. My Eden -- I have to say -- has a pretty thankful heart. She makes me so proud by the way she continuously thanks me for the tiniest gifts or favors. But a little reinforcement never hurt anyone. And even the most thankful kids have those moments -- or days -- where they just have the grumpies. And that's what our newest book from Tommy Nelson, The Blessings Jar, is all about.
In The Blessings Jar, little Punky Grace is having an "icky awful morning" when her friend Kiyana is unable to come play. Her grammy, though, has an idea. She presents Punky with a Mason jar that she calls the "Blessings Jar" and tells Punky they're going to go on an adventure to look for good things that God gives us. Throughout their fun-filled day, Punky slowly loses her "grumpies" as she slips small reminders into the jar of each fun thing that they do.
This colorful, girly board book is not only beautiful but has such a sweet, sweet message for little ones. "God gives us so many blessings. Just look and see all you have to be thankful for!"
I absolutely loved this book, and, in fact, I thought Grammy might be onto something. So a couple days ago, I surprised Eden with her very own "Blessings Jar."
She was thrilled and immediately wanted to fill it with anything in sight. But I've been trying to pace her and reminding her only to drop something in the jar when it reminds her of a special blessing from the Lord.
So far our jar includes... a piece of a cup from her recent "date" with Daddy, a Hershey's Kiss (to remind her of Mommy and Daddy's kisses), a painting from Bible School last week, a picture of a mommy and a little girl, and a cocoa label from brownies we made together.
I plan to keep our jar around until we've filled it all the way "to the tippy top," as Punky Grace says. And if I know my God, that won't take very long.
To win your own copy of The Blessings Jar by Colleen Coble, just leave a comment telling me your best blessing so far this week! (and let Rafflecopter, below, know that you commented. For additional entries, Like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.) I'll announce a winner Monday, July 29.
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Also, did you see my guest post this week over at Mrs. and the Misc.? Check it out to see the adorable reading corner I made in Eden's room (and how to create your own)!