Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Giving Thanks

.....even when you don't feel like it!

Why is it that some of the hardest words for us to say are “thank you”, especially when things aren’t going well in our lives? Why is it we only tell God thank you when all is right in the world. It’s easy to tell God thank you when we are sitting on the mountaintop all happy and smiley-faced, but what about when we are in the valley, sad and defeated? We don’t even think about saying thank you to Him. When our burdens are heavy, we forget about the wonderful blessings He’s given us and are angry about the troubles we face. All we can see is our present darkness. Even though we can’t see it at the time, there is always a positive force in our trials — God. We should make it a habit to say thank you to Him for trying times, as well as good times. First Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in ALL circumstances. Several of the Psalms include the verse “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Regardless of your current circumstances, remember to thank God for the valleys, not just the mountaintops.

I'm just sayin',



Anonymous said...

That is why in my prayer request book, I have a heading called “Blessings” where I list at least 2 every day…there’s always something to be thankful for, even when it’s just watching a pretty butterfly go by…how true it is…so now, I’m just saying…LOL

Chris Barnette said...

Casting Crowns wrote a great song called “Praise you in the Storm” the chorus goes like this..

“And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm”

Good post!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to do that. We all need to be reminded of how blessed we are. We must stop focusing on the issue (pain) that is facing us and look at other things in our lives that are right and good.