You Truly Thankful For Everything?
By Kimberly Chastain
is the time of year when we stop and are thankful
for all our blessings. Of course, we should be
thankful every day of the year. I want you to
take a different look at Thanksgiving this year.
You certainly can list all of your many blessings
and be thankful. But, are you truly thankful
Thessalonians 5:16-18 says: Be joyful always;
pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ
you thankful for everything in your life? Are
you thankful for your troubles, frustrations,
unfulfilled expectations, you fill in the blank?
I think it is easy to be thankful for the good
things in our lives, but not the difficult things.
past few years in my life have been extremely
difficult. There is no need to go into all the
specifics. Through the difficulties I have learned
more about God’s faithfulness and care
for me. I have come to God as a little child
and saying, “Please, take care of me.” I
don’t have the answers. When I focus on
God instead of myself I become renewed and refreshed.
Now, if you had asked me several years ago did
I want these particular difficulties – I
would have given you a resounding, NO! I would
tell you now I would not trade those difficulties
for easy times, because of the precious knowledge
and growth that occurred in my relationship with
God. The verse that has been my stronghold is “I
will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews
13:5. God has taught me the only sure thing in
this world is his love for me and his overwhelming
mercy and grace.
would encourage you when you are going through
trials and tribulations to ask God what he has
to teach you through this difficult time. I know
our first reaction is to just pray, “Lord,
get me out of this difficulty”, but I would
encourage you to go one step further and say, “What
do you have to show me?” How can I trust
you when everything is crashing down around me?
please don’t hear me saying be a “happy” Christian
and say Praise the Lord for whatever is happening
in your life. God does not expect us to pretend.
We can bring all our hurts and frustrations to
him. He loves and wants to be our Abba – Father.
this Thanksgiving I would encourage you to take
a different twist on being thankful for your
blessings. Try being thankful for everything
in your life, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Learn to be content in whatever circumstance
you are in and ask God to show you what he wants
you to learn about him and his almighty love
for you. Please remember you need to do nothing
to earn or keep God’s love for you. He
loves you just the way you are even if you don’t
change at all.
About the Author
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping Christian women make
the most of their lives. She is the author of the on-line course, “I
Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working
Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from “I Can’t Say ‘No” Syndrome,
visit Kimberly’s site today for the details on an exciting email course
that’s sure to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.
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