Creating Compassionate Families

Day 1 of 6 • This day’s reading


Count Your Family's Blessings

Big Idea: Help our kids have fun finding, and counting, their blessings.

Slow down. Right. We’re busy — always on the run, from work to soccer to the dinner table. How are we supposed to slow down? In the blur of the busyness of life, so often it seems impossible to pause long enough to do the thing we so want to get right for our families: Love God, love others, and teach our kids to do the same.

I-Spy-Why Game

One person calls out something they can see in that moment (kind of an I-Spy — it can be a person they see, in or out of the car, or anything else — a cow, a building, etc.) And everyone in the car says something about WHY it’s a blessing — a good and perfect gift.

For example, if someone calls out “GRASS!” possible responses could be “It smells good,” “It’s soft to walk on,” and “It’s a pretty color.”

Super simple, but a good reminder that God’s good gifts are all around us and meant to be shared.

Create a Grateful Poster



  • Poster board
  • Markers


  1. In the center of your poster board, write or paint this week's Bible verse (James 1:17) in large, bold letters.
  2. As a family, spend about 5 minutes drawing or writing something you are grateful for on the poster. Keep it simple, remembering things like “my health,” “warm bed,” “Mom’s pie,” “family who loves me,” “my school.”
  3. Once you are finished, hang the poster where everyone can see it and encourage your kids to add more blessings.
  4. Keep the poster up for a week. At the end of the week, whoever added the most blessings gets to read the Grateful Poster over family dinner on the weekend.