Mother: Look, children, at the beautiful weather we have for the first day of our three-day mini-camp!
Billy: I don’t feel well, Mom. My nose is all stuffy again.
Mother: I thought you were over that cold. You’d probably benefit from some extra rest.
Mother prays: Jesus, thank You for our good health. Please help Billy rest now and feel better soon.
Billy praises: Jesus, thank You for taking good care of me. Please help me get well enough to take part in the mini-camp activities.
Billy: At least there’s this fun magazine to read.
Mother: I’ll bring you more to read later on my tablet. How about “The Upside of Disappointments”?
Billy: Yes. Thanks, Mom!
Lulu: Can’t we have something special to eat for breakfast?
Lulu (thought bubble): Oh, I didn’t notice, there’s raisin bread.
Lulu: Thanks for the yummy raisin bread!
Ace: The scrambled eggs are delicious. Thanks, Mr. Joe, for breakfast!
Danni: Thanks, Mr. Joe!
At the end of each page, stop to count the times gratitude was shown on that page.
Narration: After reading Luke 17:11–19.
Mr. Joe: That Bible story always stirs me to show more appreciation.
Ace: Thanks, Mr. Joe, for the Bible class!
Mr. Joe: Let’s now review our memory verse.
Andy: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18.
All the children: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”1
Mr. Joe: What’s wrong, Danni? I thought you knew those verses.
Danni: I always forget the last part, Mr. Joe.
Mr. Joe: We all forget verses from time to time. We can help each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 KJV
Danni: Jesus, please help me not give up on memorizing this verse. Thank You for Mr. Joe’s encouragement!
Mr. Joe: I’ll write the second verse out again for our review. Now let’s all read that verse out loud three times.
Narration: They read the verse three times, then…
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Danni: I’ve got it now! Thanks, Mr. Joe, for the help!
Mother: Are you feeling any better, Billy?
Billy: My nose is still very runny.
Mother: I think you should stay in bed and rest this afternoon too.
Billy: But that means I won’t get to go on the bike ride with everyone!
Mother: I’m sorry, sweetheart. Do you remember that verse, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving…
Billy: …and into His courts with praise.” That’s from Psalm 100, which I memorized last week.
Mother: Praise is powerful! What things do you have to be thankful for?
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds” (Philippians 4:6–7 ERV).
Billy: Jesus, thank You that I’m the only one sick. Please help me be well soon.
Mother: Thank You for taking good care of Billy.
Billy: And, Jesus, please continue to keep the other kids healthy so they can enjoy all of the activities.
Billy: Thanks, Mom, for lending me your tablet.
Billy: And Jesus, thank You for loving me!
Billy: I still feel sick, but I’m happier now.
Mother: When we praise, it’s like taking a sword and cutting away the gloom!
Narration: After rest time
Mr. Joe: Today, after our bike ride, my father, Mr. Foreman, has invited you to his office.
Mr. Joe: This house is my father’s holiday house that he offered to us for our three-day activity. Let’s see what we can do to share some of our joy and thankfulness with my father.
Narration: Later, at Mr. Foreman’s office
Mr. Joe: Billy’s sick, but he asked me to thank you for letting us use your house.
Lulu: We’re having a lot of fun. We started the day with a class on being thankful. And then we rode bikes through the nearby forest.
Danni: We memorized a Bible passage today. Do you want to hear it?
Mr. Foreman: Yes!
Danni: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Andy: Jesus did a lot of nice things for us today!
Ace: We even had raisin bread for breakfast!
Children: Thank you, Mr. Foreman!
Mr. Foreman: You children make me very happy!
Mr. Foreman: Now it’s my turn to tell you what I’m thankful for.
Mr. Foreman: Let’s see. Jesus helped me today with…
Billy: I’m feeling much better! Mom said I can join tomorrow’s activities!
Lulu: Tomorrow we’re going for a hike and swimming!
Mr. Joe: Before we head off for bed, what stands out to you about today?
Billy: Being thankful. When I started thinking of the good things in my day and stopped feeling sorry for myself, it was easier to relax and get the rest I needed to get well.
Ace: When we told your father about the things we are thankful for, it made him happy!
Mother: “God dwells in the praises of His people!” (See Psalm 22:3.)
Authored by Evan Kallen. Illustrated by Zeb. Colored and designed by Roy Evans.Published by My Wonder Studio. Copyright © 2022 by The Family International