#1wordwednesday / our family {TRADITION} of saying the blessing before we eat

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We’re continuing our simple everyday family {traditions} in 5 minutes or less on the blog for today’s #1wordwednesday.

This week’s tradition involves the blessings of thanks we say around the table before we eat.Β 

Don’t underestimate the importance of giving thanks. The fact that we pause and exercise gratefulness allows our children to learn more than meaningless words.

Sure, we can go through the motions.

Or we can teach our children how to truly give thanks.

We have 3 prayers that we rotate as a family, and yes – in case you’re wondering, we say them in restaurants too! The Hands-Hands-Hands prayer (you’ll see it below) REALLY has a way of brightening any room, especially when you’re in a big group. It’s nice to see people smile in public. We need more of that, right??

To show you our family prayers, I decided to set up the camera at the end of our table before we ate dinner tonight.

This is what happens when I set up the “test” video. Please pay attention to these hilarious faces. It’s always an adventure in our house, y’all.

Here is our first prayer (and my personal favorite), Hands-Hands-Hands.

Hands hands hands
Thank you God for hands
Food food food
Thank you God for food
Family family family
Thank you God for family
Amen

And our next prayer, Brock’s favorite, God Our Father.

God Our Father
God Our Father

Once again
Once again
Thank you for our blessings
Thank you for our blessings
Amen
Amen

Lastly, the prayer our kids learn at pre-school – Oh the Lord’s Been Good to Me.

Oh the Lord’s been good to me
And so I thank the Lord for giving me
The things I need
The sun and the rain and the apple seed
Oh the Lord’s been good to me
Amen

Obviously I need to practice that last one more. HA!

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How about you? Do you have a tradition of giving thanks all throughout your day? No matter when, it’s always a good {tradition} to give thanks.

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