Friday, November 29, 2013

real talk // thankful in all

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6

rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Susannah & Sybil are hosting a link up this month on thankfulness & i have decided to join! if i'm honest with myself, some years by the time Thanksgiving comes around i am all thankful'd out. (pretty sure i just made that word up) but... when i dread discussing things i'm thankful for, isn't that exactly when i should intentionally meditate on what i am thankful for? because, the truth is that there is so much to be thankful for, so if my heart isn't at that place...there's something wrong.

it seems like everywhere you turn someone is talking about American society & how we are so spoiled & how we just take everything for granted. i mean, you hear that everywhere that you kind of just pass it over without thinking about it. but it is very true. i don't think it's American society alone, i think it's all humans everywhere. we take things for granted. we get used to certain situations, certain privileges, certain ways of doing things, no matter what culture we're in, and we take them for granted because they're not new anymore. they've lost their appeal.

thankfulness takes intentionality. it is not in our fleshly nature to be thankful. it's not something that comes naturally. but we can be thankful, because it's who God is. it's his character to be thankful, and through Him we can be too.

when asked what i'm thankful for, it's easy to ramble off some answer about how i'm thankful for my husband, my job, my family, etc. but all of those are good things. yet the Bible tells us to be thankful in ALL circumstances. is that really a truth in my life? am i really thankful in all circumstances? or just good ones?

am i thankful for that difficult person in my life that causes me stress? i do think it's okay to be rightfully angry over wrongs done to me, but that doesn't mean i can get out of being thankful, or loving this person as Jesus loves me. i may not be thankful for the wrongs done to me, but i can be thankful that difficult situations cause me to draw closer to God. i can be thankful that, if nothing else, this stress pushes me towards Christ. even in hard situations, i can still choose to be thankful, to show grace, and to love.

& i guess that's the biggest thing i'm thankful for...that i serve a God who is bigger than any circumstance i find myself in (Jeremiah 32:17). a God who will fight battles for me (Exodus 14:14, Psalm 27:5,). a God who never forsakes me so i have to face hard circumstances on my own (Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6). a God who gives me His Son & His character (Romans 8:32) - so that i can be thankful through Him, when my flesh wants to be selfish & unloving. a God that replaces my sinful heart (Jeremiah 17:9) with His.


  1. What a great post. The part about being thankful for a difficult person in my life really resonated with me. I'm struggling with a co-worker and am going to try to be thankful for her even though it will be hard.

  2. Yes! It is so important to thank the Lord even in the hardships. We definitely don't have to thank him FOR the hardships but more for His grace, love, and mercy in getting us through them. Thanks so much for linking up!

  3. most definitely! :) thanks for hosting the linkup & sharing!

  4. i'm glad it resonated with you! the person i was specifically thinking about is a coworker as well & it is so tough sometimes to be thankful in the middle of the situation! but totally possible through Him :)

  5. Sybil @ Peace it all TogetherNovember 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    I am enjoying reading all the posts for this link up! Your focus on being intentional with thankfulness is definitely something I need to think about more. And, yes, God is bigger than any circumstance we may find ourselves in...for that we should be thankful, always. So glad you linked your post!!

  6. Such a great post! I love how you point out that difficult circumstances draw us to's not something that I'm naturally thankful for, but it's so worthwhile!

  7. it's something i've had to learn to be thankful for, but it's still very much a challenge, because you're right it doesn't come naturally! thanks for commenting! :)

  8. thanks so much! i enjoyed this link up a lot! :) being intentional about thankfulness i think will always be a challenge, but one we can overcome through Him! :)

  9. Beautiful look on you.