Squishy Turkeys Devotional
8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
9 For he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and a time to be grateful for what God has done. In my family we have a tradition on Thanksgiving. Before we eat dinner, we go around the room and share what we are thankful for. Let me tell you, we have a big extended family that celebrates Thanksgiving together, so when I was a kid, this time of sharing seemed to last for weeks . . . especially because the dessert table with all my favorites was set up in the same room, including my mom’s apple pie (I was never a big pumpkin pie fan)! But as I grew, I began to truly appreciate this time of reflection. As I listened to what my uncle, or cousin, or grandma were thankful for that year, I was filled with gratefulness for the many, many things God was always doing in the lives of the people I love.
And that was just my family! Imagine what God is doing every second of every day all around the world for the billions of people who live here on earth. The world should be bursting with thankfulness and happiness. Psalm 107:8-9 says, “Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
In the Bible, we also read, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV). “All circumstances” doesn’t only mean when life is fizztastic—it means even when life is arduous (which means difficult). These are the times when we should turn our eyes and hearts to God and pray. These are the times we must go deeper into his arms of hope, love, and joy.
Thanksgiving holidays are celebrated all around the world, though they’re not all on the same day. In Germany, the holiday is called Erntedankfest, and in the United Kingdom, it’s known as the Harvest Festival.
As a family, use your list of thankfulness to give thanks to God and reflect on what he has done for you.
As a family, come up with twelve things you are thankful for. They can be from the past year or anytime during your life. Share why you’re thankful for each of these things.
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It’s back to school season again, which means the daily routine:
Devotions, yes, your time with God. Prayer and reading your Bible fills YOU, your soul, your mind, your emotions. We need fuel from God, which happens by spending time with Him daily. The time with our Creator helps us make it through our day.
When I haven’t spent time with our Lord, my attitude sours, and I grow weary and tired from the rigors of our world. Only when He is at the forefront of my mind do I feel full and can reflect His love outward. Even my interactions with my family, friends, and co-workers are better. That's because when we fill ourselves with the good things God has for us (learning through His word), we begin to exude (which also means living out) Him in our attitudes and actions!
So I want to encourage you to find a devotional to start the school year with, read it, stick with it, and find that time with God.
I’ve got a great list of devotionals I wrote up in a post to get you started, and I would love to hear about the devotionals you use in the post's comments section.
Check out the list at the button below.
I hope this list of devotionals helps you start an awesome devotional time at home as you begin your back to school season.
Faith and Science with Dr. Fizzlebop: 52 Fizztastically Fun Experiments and Devotions for Families
Faith and Science with Dr. Fizzlebop features 52 easy experiments kids and parents can do together once a week or at their convenience. Each experiment will have a how-to video featured in the free Fizzlebop Labs web series launching in fall '21. Building on Dr. Fizzlebop's desire to show kids how faith and science connect, each experiment connects to a devotional that allows kids to go deeper and learn about God's amazing design for everything around them. On average, each experiment takes 5 to 10 minutes and the devotional is an additional 5 minutes.
Plus 5 Bonus Holiday Themed Experiments
Our expert and guide, Dr. Phineas Einstein Fizzlebop, is a bit quirky and maybe a little cheesy at times, but he is passionate about three things; God, science, and fizz and all come together wonderfully at Fizzlebop Labs. Guest scientists (families) will journey through the Bible in an extravaganza of experiments and bible studies full of fun, facts, and fizz.
Dr. Fizzlbop's Fizzy Heart Experiment
Join Dr. Fizzlebop in a fizztastic science experiment and devotional for Valentine's Day.
This digital package includes a how-to video, downloadable instructions, and devotional (pdf).
Edge of the Galaxy: 30 Faith-Filled Adventures
Edge of the Galaxy is 30 faith-filled and action-packed sci-fi devotionals for middle-grade kids. This devotional follows Gavin Greystone as he experiences everyday challenges at the edge of our galaxy.
The year is 2095, and humans have colonized Mars and Earth’s Moon; Luna, established orbital platforms near Saturn’s moon Titan and also near Jupiter’s moon Europa. These two moons are humanity’s next objectives for permanent colonization in our solar system.
A robotic base camp on Titan, and progress for a permanent colony called Inspire is underway now. The Provider, an orbital platform near Titan, is where our story starts, 759k miles from Saturn, and anywhere from 746 million to 1 billion miles from Earth dependent on the two planets’ positions in the Solar System. The space station was funded and constructed by the Alliance of Spacefaring Nations (ASN) and is now the furthest human establishment from Earth.
Gavin Greystone traveled with his parents and siblings aboard the starship Beyond to Titan’s orbital platform Provider when he was only six years old, even with advances in propulsion it still took nine months to reach Titan. His family joined the initial crew that established Provider and will be the first family to live on Titan permanently. The Greystones have lived aboard Provider for the last five years, with only a handful of trips to the surface of Titan. Robots have been the primary tool for completing the construction of the initial colony structure named Inspire. Occasionally Gavin’s mom, Aurora, or dad, Phoenix, go to the surface to fix a constructo-bot or verify progress at Inspire, but most of the time they remain safely onboard Provider. Of course, living in space can never really be safe, even when you take all the necessary precautions.
Two of Provider’s original crew returned to Mars orbit to retrieve two additional families and a slew of animals. These families and animals will join the Greystones as the first settlers on Titan. In a week, those families will arrive at Provider, and upon completion of Inspire join the Greystones as permanent settlers on Titan’s surface.
From here the families will have to learn to work together and create a life on the surface of Titan as they expand humankind’s footprint on the moon and prepare for more settlers. Through many trials, Gavin will learn who he is and the plan God has for him.