KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | November 2013


By Melissa Bradshaw


I was in the kitchen, preparing supper, when my daughter came running in from the yard. “Mommy, come quick!” she exclaimed. “And bring your camera. There’s something outside I want you to see. Come quick!”

So I quickly dried my hands, grabbed my camera and hurried out the door to see what was so exciting. That’s when I was introduced to our new friend, Mindy the Praying Mantis.

If you have done any studies in school about the praying mantis, you know that their characters don’t necessarily match their curious design. They look as though they are constantly praying, and wouldn’t you expect a creature that looks like it is praying to be a kind creature? I was so surprised to learn that as well as being very good at eating other bugs, the female praying mantis will eat her mate—just like the black widow spider!

But it’s true that they do look like they are praying or giving thanks. And thankfulness has been on my mind as Thanksgiving Day approaches. You know, every day really ought to be a “thanksgiving” day, because everyone can find many things for which we can give thanks to God.

In Philippians 4:6, it says:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

praying mantisAlso, in Psalm 118:1, it is written:

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.”

We should always start our day with prayer to Jesus, and during our prayer time, we should thank Him for the wonderful things He has done for us. Wouldn’t it be good if we adopted the attitude of thankfulness every day? God would be so pleased!

Here’s a challenge for you this month: At the end of each day, write down something you are thankful for, and put that piece of paper in a special box. Then on Thanksgiving Day, when everyone is thinking of all the things they are thankful for, you can get your box and read many examples of the blessings you have recently experienced.

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts…and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)


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