Ephesians 5:20 ~ And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Give THANKS for EVERYTHING? Even when the kids are fussing? When the puppy (who is 18 months old) is still tearing things up on a daily basis? When the kids talk back? Give THANKS?
Well….that’s what HE said.
Give THANKS for EVERYTHING.
Other than the FACT that it is a COMMAND….
Maybe it is because when we give thanks we are believing that HE can bring good from anything.
Maybe the reason is because thanksgiving chooses to see the good in even the worst of situations.
Maybe it’s because GIVING THANKS brings joy and hope and belief that GOD IS GOOD and HE really will take care of everything.
Our circumstances are always changing. For some…our days are up and down..because of multiple people in our household whose circumstances change too. This leaves EACH ONE OF US with the choice…to Give Thanks or to COMPLAIN.
There is ONE THING that never ever changes for believers..well..at least one..
~ GOD NEVER LOVES US MORE OR LESS THAN HE DOES AT THIS VERY MOMENT ~
Hebrews 13:8 ~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34 ~ Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
So…. TODAY… I am choosing to give thanks for:
1) My children…even on the days that I want to pull my hair out…because..They are healthy..precious..a gift from God..and I have them here with me still.. Oh how I love my girls…So, this means being thankful even on the days that parenting is tough.
2) Cloudy and rainy “spring break” days…because…they give us down time…time together in our home..time is precious..
3) Tough times…times and situations that I don’t always understand..times when I am feeling hurt and confused..because honestly..it is in those times when I cling to GOD even more and grow…
4) The way God speaks to me..in HIS time..through fellow believers…when they confirm an answer to a question that I had asked of my Father God..HE is so faithful….
See, giving THANKS to GOD doesn’t deny that what you are feeling or have experienced may be awful or that your heart may hurt… No, giving thanks is trusting HIM to lift you up and that HE can and will take care of you. Giving THANKS when you are hurting is an act of love to GOD…it is saying: “God, I trust you and I know that YOU have already won and that the enemy has NO power over me as your child.”
What are you going to thank GOD for today? Not just the easy things..
Until Next Time,