20 Thankful Scriptures To Read With Your Family

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Do you find yourself being closer to grumbling and complaining lately, rather than thankfulness and gratitude?

It happens to us all, but thankfully (no pun intended) God gives us some amazing verses about having a heart of thanksgiving in His Word. 🙌🏻

Here are 20 thankful scriptures you can read with your family, starting today!

Thankful Scriptures To Read With Your Family

We’ve all had one of those days or seasons, right??

It seems like everything is against you.

You were late dropping your kids off at school, it started to rain, you spilled your drink on your favorite shirt, the car broke down on the way home… any of this sound familiar?

Or maybe you are going through some SUPER serious issues such as health problems (we have had a lot of that this year), infertility, the passing of someone close, just looking at the Facebook newsfeed.

It’s easy to look around and say, “God, WHAT in the world do I have to be thankful for right now?”

And boy does He show us in His Word – 20 times at least that we will see – exactly what we have to be thankful for, and that He is worthy to be praised, REGARDLESS of our circumstances. 🙌🏻

Being thankful isn’t just a mindset to have during the holiday season or something to add to your Fall bucket list!

It’s a lifestyle and continual renewal of our minds every day to think this way, and these verses help do that.

These verses would be great to memorize these verses with your kids! It would serve as a great reminder for them (and you) to have on hand when that grumbling spirit tries to make its way out!

When it comes to reading Bible verses about being thankful in scripture, we want to make sure to keep these 3 things in mind:

  • Being thankful means having peace whether your circumstances change or not
  • Thankfulness is not about what we phsycially have
  • TRUE thankfulness and contentment can only come from God

So, keeping those things in mind, let’s take a look at these scriptures about being thankful, and pray through them when we feel those feelings of discontentment creeping up…


20 Bible Verses About Thankfulness

Feel free to pray through these Bible verses on your own, with your kids, or each day in November as a daily devotional.

*These are all in the NIV version.

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

2. Psalm 100:4

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

3. Ephesians 5:20

“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

4. Philippians 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

5. Psalm 106:1

“Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

6. Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

7. 1 Corinthians 15:57

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

8. James 1:17

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

9. Psalm 7:17

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.”

10. Psalm 95:2

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”


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11. 2 Corinthians 9:11

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

12. 2 Corinthians 4:15

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

13. Colossians 2:6-7

“Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in Him, 7rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

14. 1 Timothy 4:4

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”

15. Hebrews 12:28-29

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

16. Colossians 3:16

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

17. John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

18. Psalm 118:1

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

19. Ephesians 5:4

“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

20. Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


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Prayer of Thanksgiving

We can’t have this list of thankful scriptures without ending it with a prayer of thanksgiving.

Feel free to read this verbatim, or personalize it to your own life and circumstances right now! <3

Father God, I come to You right now with an open heart and mind to hear what You have to say. God, I thank You for who You are, thank You for Your loving-kindness, and for all that You have done for me in my life. I ask that You help me to remain thankful in all circumstances, always remembering the good news of the Gospel and what You have done for me. Lord, I pray against the spirit of grumbling and complaining and against discontentment in my life. I also pray for my family, that You would protect them from this as well. I pray for Unity in our hearts and minds, and that we always remember that YOU are good no matter what the world says. Bless us with thankful hearts, let us be cheerful and all that we do because we want to glorify You. Amen.

20 Thankful Scriptures To Read With Your Family

My hope is that the next time you are starting to feel discontentment in your life, or a grumbling bumbling attitude, you can remember these scriptures and pray through them!

Remember what God has done for you in your life, and encourage your family to do the same. 🙂

Do you struggle with keeping a spirit of thankfulness? Let me know in the comments!

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