Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Give Thanks

It's easy to be thankful when things in life are going well 
and life is happy and easy and good. 
It's a little (ok, maybe a lot) harder when things aren't going very well- 
when you are faced with a crisis, financial problems, relationship issues, 
and everything seems like to a big old giant mess. 

John 16:33 reminds us that we WILL have trouble in this world:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. 
In this world you will have trouble. 
But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I've found that when going through those difficult times in my life, 
if I focus on being thankful for 
the little blessings that happen even (and especially) 
during tough times, my perspective completely changes. 
 As I notice and recognize the Lord’s provision during trials, 
I can genuinely and truthfully express gratitude. 

I often don’t know what the purpose is for each problem or trial I face, 
but I do know without a shadow of a doubt that 
God is good and trustworthy and faithful.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 is one of my favorite verses because 
it is such a beautiful reminder to thank God, no matter what!
You can print out your own copy of this verse in the folder HERE.