Thankful Thursday 

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I find so much joy in simply waking up in the morning. I am thankful that God chose to breathe the breath of life into me. Everyone did not receive this new morning mercy. 

Most of us are “rich” in ways we take for granted. Our first world woes have no comparison to the real disparity of third world countries. What they live through we could never endure. We wear out the knees of our pants and they wear out their knees, to paraphrase a line from The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. 

But even when we are living in lack, bearing an illness, dealing with wayward children, working  stressful jobs, and facing rejection among other pressing issues, we have to find something to be thankful for. We are asked to give thanks in “everything.” The concept is a hard one to fathom. For who can be thankful in the midst of a divorce? Debt? Domestic violence? Homelessness? Infertility? Hunger? Depression? War? Poverty? Racism? Terrorism? Injustice? Addiction?

I’ll admit, I am not always thankful for my trials. However, one thing I have learned from them is that they draw me closer to God like nothing else. When things are going well, I tend to place God on the back burner. But as soon as things fall apart, I’m racing to Him for solace. 

Cliched, but true, gratitude is an attitude that must be cultivated. Bad times serve to make us appreciative of the good. When we have this healthy balance it is easier to deal with trouble as we know it doesn’t last and can be used for our good or someone else’s. 

I’ve also learned that we can be thankful in everything because what we go through can help someone else. This alone can make hardship worthwhile. 

And lastly, a trial is soul refining. It purges impurities and gets you ready for the next battle. 

This week, remember these three things as you consider your attitude about the troubles you face: 

1. They humble you. 

2. They make you whole. 

3.They make you hunger for God. 

Thankful Thursday

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
I decided to change this weekly post up a bit. Instead of focusing on the day, I decided I’d discuss what I’m thankful for the entire week. So let the gratitude begin!

1. I’m thankful that I made it to church and was able to fellowship with likeminded believers.

2. On Wednesday I woke up late. Thankfully, a coworker graciously covered class for me.

3. I don’t have a lot of friends, but I have a couple that I can count on in lean times. We support each other on a regular basis via text messages, phone call, and literal face time.

4. I made it to vote for our city’s new mayor. Being able to do my civic duty is a blessing.

5. I was able to assist someone with their needs.  It was a great feeling that God used me to accomplish this mission.

6. The weather has been really delightful this fall season. I’m thankful for the extra days of sunshine.

7. Even though I’ve been super tired lately and certainly didn’t feel like going grocery shopping, I’m truly thankful that I was able to afford to do so. Our pantry, refrigerator, cupboards, and deep freezer overflows. Thank You Lord.

8. I took my boys to have family portraits made. Although it’s just the three of us, I am completely grateful to have the children I do. I enjoy spending time with them. And the pictures are quite lovely.

9. I was able to buy two precious new babies, Giselle and Madison welcome gifts.

Thankful Thursday

  
Today I was able to raise both arms worship style since my surgery. Praise Him!

Today I was able to encourage another person going through what I am. Praise Him!

Today I received a beautiful love token from my job. Praise Him! 

God simply has been overwhelming me with His everlasting love. Praise Him! 

Thankful Thursday

“Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

I am so very thankful today. I have been feeling poorly for the last three weeks or so. However, I woke up today feeling like my old self. During this time I have been talking to God asking for relief and strength to endure the pain. Today He delivered and I praise and bless His holy name for it! I am proud of myself, too as I held on to my faith and BELIEVED He would hear my prayers and grant my requests.

Won’t He do it?!

The old saying “health is wealth” is true. It affects every aspect of your life. I have had time to understand the value of good health. I don’t want fame or fortune–just wellness which is triumphs those vanities anyhow.

Thankful Thursday

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Thessalonians 5:18 Today I didn’t wake up with the best attitude. I’m feeling grumpy and tired. I really don’t want to be bothered and I’d much rather be at home in the bed. I have a lot to do and a little time in which to get it all done. Not to mention, I feel a cold coming on and I don’t have the luxury of being sick. My mind is also filled with upcoming events and wondering about their outcomes. When I feel this way, my patience is threadbare and my disposition aloof. However, I am working on not allowing my moods to set the tone for the day. We are to “enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise, Give thanks to Him; bless His name” regardless of what is going on in our lives. Because the truth is, God is good in the best and worst moments of our futile existence. Sometimes we are under the false assumption they we are the only ones with problems. No one else has aches and pains. No one else is suffering. No one else has financial struggles. No one else has wayward kids or an unfaithful spouse. Even if we put self to the side, there is still a mean world out there ready give us even more to stress about. I’ll admit, it’s easy to get preoccupied with the crazy atmosphere in which we live; where truth is often stranger than fiction. Plus, we have other things demanding our attention. We have bills to pay, chores to complete, kids to take care of, jobs to work, people to see, and many, many more things to do. Thus, we seldom take the time to stop, breathe, and simply thank God for the daily goodness He provides. With all the negativity floating about, it can be hard to see the positives, but I’m going to try.  It has turned into a little game I like to play with myself. But that’s why it is even more vital that we stay steeped in the Word of God. It provides needed comfort and reasons to be thankful. Without His Word, our hearts become hardened. Thursdays on the blog will be dedicated to just that-thankfulness. Here is what I am feeling grateful about today:

  • I woke up this morning and made it to work in one piece and on time
  • I was able to give my oldest son lunch money
  • Students excitedly presenting their country research projects
  •  I was able to help a coworker this morning
  • Warm boots and coat for the frigid weather
  • My smart phone because it helps me stay organized
  • The cutest pair of cute chinos that I got from Wal-Mart for $5!
  • Texting with a friend
  • Refrigerators and microwaves