My Gratitude Journal

A one-week Gratitude Journal for children. This printable is ideal for the week before Thanksgiving but can also be used year-round. Click here to download the .pdf

A Spiritual Exercise: “A Friend who Sticks Closer than a Brother”

my prescense will go with you

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” the Bible tells us. (Proverbs 18:24) That friend is Jesus, who also promises, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20) and “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Think back to before your day even started. Jesus was with you as you slept, watching over you. Morning came, and just as sure as the sun rose, He was there. When you thought about the day ahead, He was there, just waiting for you to ask His help. On your way to school, He was right beside you. Every time you encountered a problem, He was waiting with the answer you needed, hoping you would ask Him for it. When you heard some good news, He was happy along with you. When the day took a difficult turn, He was there to comfort you. As you read this, He is beside you.

Tomorrow, as you go through your day, think of Jesus as your constant companion. As you become more aware of Him being right there with you, you will find comfort and companionship that fills those blank spots like no one or nothing else can.

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Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. —Psalm 139:7-12

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If you haven’t experienced Jesus’ loving presence, you can right now by accepting Him as your Savior and inviting Him into your life. Simply pray:

Dear Jesus, I want to know You and experience Your love. Please come into my heart, forgive my wrongs, give me eternal life, and lead me into a close personal relationship with You. Amen.


Text adapted from Activated magazine. Used by permission. Art © TFI.

Entrada → Salida

system-error-codes-2830869_960_720En informática y en matemáticas, basura que entra, basura que sale describe el concepto de que el ingreso o introducción de datos deficientes o disparatados produce el egreso de datos igualmente disparatados, o sea basura. Es decir que una información que desde un principio es imprecisa o defectuosa inevitablemente conduce a resultados imprecisos y defectuosos.

En Su Sermón de la Montaña Jesús expresó algo extraordinariamente parecido: «Un buen árbol produce frutos buenos y un árbol malo produce frutos malos. Un buen árbol no puede producir frutos malos y un árbol malo no puede producir frutos buenos. Así, de la misma manera que puedes identificar un árbol por su fruto, puedes identificar a la gente por sus acciones».1

Esta breve parábola nos invita a reflexionar sobre lo que dicen de nosotros —y del Salvador que vive en nosotros— nuestras palabras y acciones. ¿Expresa nuestra vida el sincero interés y consideración que Dios muestra por los demás, o es un simple reflejo de nuestro egocentrismo? ¿Comunicamos Su generosidad y justicia, o por defecto nos dejamos llevar de ese impulso tan humano que es levantar muros y excluir?

sunset-485016_960_720Así como el código informático y las ecuaciones matemáticas pueden rectificarse corrigiendo los datos que entran, Jesús nos recordó que la vida cristiana requiere una transformación interior, la que solo Él puede producir. «Permanezcan en mí, y yo permaneceré en ustedes. Así como ninguna rama puede dar fruto por sí misma, sino que tiene que permanecer en la vid, así tampoco ustedes pueden dar fruto si no permanecen en mí.»2

Jesús que entra, Jesús que sale.


1 Mateo 7:17,18,20 (NTV)
2 Juan 15:4 (NVI)

Gentileza de la revista Conéctate. Usado con permiso. Imágenes en dominio público.

Input → Output

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In computer science and mathematics, Garbage In, Garbage Out describes the concept that flawed or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage.” In other words, inaccurate or faulty information at the start will inevitably lead to inaccurate or faulty results.

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said something remarkably similar: “A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”1

This brief parable invites us to consider what our words and actions say about us and the Savior who lives within us. Do our lives express His care for others or our own self-centeredness? Do we communicate His generosity and justice, or do we default to the human impulse to build walls and exclude?

sunset-485016_960_720Like computer code and mathematical equations can be fixed by correcting the input data, Jesus reminds us that Christian living requires interior transformation, the kind that only He can bring about. “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”2

Jesus In, Jesus Out.


1. Matthew 7:17–18,20 NLT
2. John 15:4 NIV

Text courtesy of Activated magazine. Used by permission. Images in public domain. 

¡Bebe, alaba y escucha!

Drink+Praise+Listen

Palabras de Jesús

Sírvete un vaso de agua fría u otra bebida refrescante que te guste, y mientras bebes, alábame por las maravillosas, tranquilizadoras y refrescantes palabras que te doy. Bebe pausadamente e imagina que Mi Espíritu entra en ti mientras bebes el líquido refrescante. Medita en que soy el agua de vida y lo que te mantiene con vida. Luego, guarda silencio por unos instantes y escúchame mientras te doy una frase o dos de Mis amorosas y refrescantes palabras.


Adaptado de My Wonder Studio

Drink … praise … listen!

Drink+Praise+ListenWords from Jesus

Get yourself a nice big glass of cold water, or some other pleasant refreshment that you enjoy, and as you drink it, praise Me for the wonderful, soothing, refreshing words I can give you. Drink it slowly and imagine My Spirit going into you as you take in the refreshing liquid. Meditate on how I am the water of life, I am what keeps you alive. Then stop for a moment and listen while I give you a sentence or two of My loving‚ refreshing words.


Adapted from My Wonder Studio.