Category Archives: Thanksgiving

Marching to the Rhythm of Praise

Jehoshaphat’s experience of marching to the rhythm of praise and winning the victory without waging war is very inspiring. It’s one of my favorite stories about praising God.

Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.

The Moabites and the Ammonites declared war on King Jehoshaphat. When they warned the king that a great army was coming against him, he was afraid. Then he did the best that we can do when we are threatened–He decided to find out what God wanted him to do. So, he proclaimed a fast, and people gathered from all the cities of Judah to seek God’s help. His prayer is recorded in verses 6-12, which ends with the king acknowledging that he doesn’t know what to do, but that he seeks God’s help.

The entire town gathered–men and women, big and small. Everyone, even the little ones, prayed. How important to include children when we seek God’s help and guidance!

God promised to be with them:

  • Do not be afraid or discouraged due to this vast army. Because the battle is not yours but God’s.
  • You will not have to fight this battle. Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord.
  • Do not fear; do not be discouraged. Go out tomorrow to face the enemy, and the Lord will be with you.

Early the next morning, when they left for the Tekoa desert, Jehoshaphat encouraged the people to have faith in the Lord their God. And he appointed those who were to sing and praise the Lord and go ahead of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 20:21b

When they began to march to the rhythm of praise, singing to the Lord, Almighty God ambushed the soldiers who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. Judah’s praise brought victory!

Jehoshaphat and his men did not have to fight. The armies that had come against him fought each other. The king and his men simply gathered the spoil. It took them three days to gather it all! Then what did they do? On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Beracah (Blessing) to praise the Lord.

After that they marched with joy to Jerusalem, because the Lord had given them reason to rejoice over their enemies. To the sound of harps, lyres and trumpets, marching to the rhythm of praise, they entered the temple of the Lord.

I love this story! What a beautiful example to teach children about praise and gratitude. With praise we express our gratitude to God. Jehoshaphat led the people in praise BEFORE the battle and led them in praise AFTER the battle. He even named “Blessing” the valley where they praised.

Praise opens the door to miracles! Just as the apparently dead trees come alive in springtime, new life can arise in our circumstances apparently more than dead. Praise the Lord! Praise that springs from a grateful heart brings victory!

Whatever battle you’re facing, follow Jehoshaphat’s approach. March to the rhythm of praise!

Welcome to read The Treasure Club “Praise” stories, numbers 45 & 46.

The Treasure Club children were inspired by Jehoshaphat’s example and did a parade. Maybe your student’s too can be inspired to do a parade! Blessings to all!

Celebrating 300 Stories

Thanksgiving week has been my celebration of gratitude to God for the stories that have traveled around the world making boys and girls happy. When I started putting my stories on-line six years ago I could never imagine how far they would reach.

Mildred and Abraham enjoy the stories at bed-time because their mothers reads the stories to them. Here they are enjoying the celebration!

300 Perlitas MexicoMy granddaughter Sarah celebrated by writing a story. She made me so happy when she said, “I love the way you talk about God and Jesus in every story.” And that’s what she wanted to do when she wrote her story. You can read about my celebration in my personal blog: kelund.wordpress.com

300 Perlitas celeb 3My contribution to the celebration was a story with the testimony of how God called me to work with children at age ten. The stories we celebrated were in Spanish, but the amazing thing is how we’re coming right along with the English. You can now read my testimony under STORIES FOR CHILDREN. It’s been close to 60 years since I answered “yes” to the call, and I’ve been working with children ever since.

I saw palm trees in the vision when God called me. I waited for 30 years to see those palm trees; but the vision came true. God’s timing is not the same as ours; but we can trust Him fully.

Here, in our English page, we are climbing our way up to 100 stories. One story at a time and we will get there.

As I am standing with my Spanish binder with 300 stories, one day I’ll stand with an English binder. Thanks for following me on this journey. May many children be blessed!

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A Prayer Chain for Leo

dialisis colorLeo was a very sick boy. He had to have dialysis treatments several times a a week and his condition was so bad he could any minute die of a heart attack. Leo was put on a prayer chain. As it turned out, thousand of people were praying for him. God answered prayer and Leo was healed.

This is a beautiful Thanksgiving story to read to your children and grandchildren. It’s also perfect to use in your Children’s Ministry. Find it under Stories for Children.

Answer to the activity:

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Prayer ChainPrayer chain for your classroom. Cut strips of paper long enough to fold over and make a chain link. First write the children’s prayer requests on each strip of paper. Then start a chain of the requests, linking them together. Every week you can add to the chain, as new needs are mentioned. Continue to pray each week for each request. When you have answers, put them in chains and form another chain. Hang the chains in a visible place. If you share the room with others, store them in a box and take them out for each class period. After a time (3 to 6 months) start a new chain, or do something different to encourage prayer. Emphasize the need to thank God for answered prayers.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth isrenewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5

Here are pictures to color and pictures to print:

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