Today on Perry and Shawna Mornings, Susie Larson joins the team to talk about her book Growing Grateful Kids. Susie is host of her radio show Susie Larson Live as well as the author of a number of books including: Growing Grateful Kids—Teaching Them To Appreciate An Extraordinary God In Ordinary Places. So first Susie shares that as a young mom, bedridden with Lyme’s disease and living on very little, she learned gratefulness and taught it to her kids with one huge pancake!
Then Susie shares how two childhood traumas caused her to question God’s love for her. She learned to accept her belovedness and also learned that she could never teach her kids that God loved them if she didn’t believe it herself. Then we talk about one of the greatest enemies of gratitude: Comparison. With this Susie shares about the day her 6’3,” 260 lb. husband fell through the floor of the entryway of their run down house and in that moment learned a massive lesson about gratitude.
Next, Susie shares the we need to teach ourselves and our kids self-restraint—to learn to say “no” to ourselves and learn to deal with it. Thankfulness is opposite of the attitude that what I have is “mine, mine, mine!” Next compassion is linked with gratitude—We need to help our kids think: “Who needs what I have?” It could be as simple as having gift bags ready to share with the homeless. And finally Susie prays a blessing over our families. If this encourages you, please share!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.