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Part # 11: A Poster of Thanks by noellers
<b>Topic</b>: Give thanks!
<b>Age Group:</b> All age groups from children to elders
<b>Goal:</b> By the end of this lesson the students will have a fun visual representation and reminder of what they are thankful for and can praise and worship God for.
<b>Key Scriptures</b>: Psalm 150:4
<b>"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." (Psalm 150:4)</b>
Oh how we should always praise the Lord, for he has done so much for us. It is so easy to always ask the Lord for things that we think we need or desire and then forget what He has already given us. So how can we remember to give Him thanks and praise?
<b>Step 1:</b> What if we could make something that we could put up on a bulletin board or fridge or wall? I know that I always liked, and still like, doing posters. This lesson can be done in solitude, in a small group, or to come together as a family to do it (it would probably be a great family bonding, rainy day thing to do).
<b>Step 2:</b> Once it is decided to do it alone, or a group/family, then come together and first, brainstorm on a scrap piece of paper what it is you (or all of you) are thankful for.
<b>Step 3:</b> Once you brainstormed, write out a title of a brightly coloured poster board that states something like: "Things we thank God for..." Then look for images, draw images, and/or write out in brightly coloured markers, your brainstormed thanks on that poster board. Bright colours are cheerful and positive, and easily are seen, so bright colours are perfect for a poster of thanks.
<b>Step 4:</b> Finally, put the poster up where you can see it, and whenever you see it, thank God for all that you have been given. You can also add to the poster anytime more stuff you are thankful for as they come up.
<b>Conclusion:</b>Worshiping and giving thanks and praise to God should <b>never</b> be boring. It should be as much a delight for you as it is for God - that´s the way he wants it. We know this because Psalm 150 states that we should praise the Lord with: "the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with the resounding cymbols. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." (Psalm 150:3-6) Trumpets, harps, lyres, tambourines and dancing are joyful expressions of praise, not solem or, for a lack of a better word, ´boring´ ones. The poster of thanks is only one way that someone can express his/her joy in thanks. There are many unlimited other ways that praise and worship can be done - the only rule is that they need to be done with joy. So have fun worshiping God!
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