Truth Tuesday – Gratefulness In All Things

by Kathy

eph 5 20My brother died when I was eight years of age.  He was seventeen years old and a healthy, robust young man.  During a basket ball game, he collapsed on the gym floor and was pronounced dead at the hospital.  During the days and years that followed, my parents modeled for me how to trust God during hard times.  Over the years, God has not just taught me to trust Him, but to also give Him thanks in everything as well.

I don’t know what you may be going through today.  Perhaps it is not as painful as a death of someone you love, but it is still difficult and your heart is aching.  May I ask you just to stop for just a moment and ask yourself this question:  “Do I only give glory to God for the part of life that’s going the way I want, or do I worship Him, trust Him and give thanks, just because He is God?

It is hard to do that latter.  To praise Him in the difficulty and dare I say…for the difficulty.  Its tough and requires a sacrifice on our part to lift up our voice of praise when we are discouraged and weary in the battle.  But I also believe it is even harder on us when we choose not to be thankful because we lose so much!

Here is what Nancy Leigh DeMoss says in her book Choosing Gratitude (chapter 8) about this ~  If we go on without gratitude – choosing to be bitter, constantly bemoaning our fate – we force ourselves to live in already unhappy conditions with the added drag of our gloomy disposition.  Unwilling to stay mindful of the blessings we enjoy in spite of our difficulties, as well as the strength and sensitivity God grows best in us through hardship and loss, we sacrifice peace.  We sacrifice contentment.  We sacrifice relationship and freedom and grace and joy.  But what if we could maintain all those things – and even increase them beyond anything we’ve ever experienced before – by makin just one sacrifice: the sacrifice of thanksgiving?”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  By giving thanks, your situation may not change,  But it will put you in the only possible position for experiencing everything God desires for you throughout this hard stretch of life.

I love this quote from Nancy as she closes out chapter 8 ~ “And beyond the tiny piece of horizon you can see from this momentary time and place – God’s glory and grace will be seen even more brightly, as a result of your willingness to say with the psalmist:  I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be continually in my mouth (Psalm 34:1). That’s the promise of gratitude.”

Have a grace full week being grateful in all things ~

 

2 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – Gratefulness In All Things”

  1. Terrie says:

    Thank You Kathy! These words really spoke to my heart. This past year has been rough on me as a mom. Mom’s can always fix things right? Well, this I can’t. So I’m working on this daily…. Thanksgiving and Gratefullness in ALL circumstances! ?

    • Kathy says:

      Terry,
      My heart so understands your comment. One of the gifts that God has given so sweetly to me is a closer relationship With Him and one that is filled with peace when I trust Him to work in my kids lives. Thanksgiving in ALL circumstances is a continual sacrifice that is not easy. Keep working on it! Thank you for sharing today.

      Kathy

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