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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, 2011!!! :-D

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18)
Give thanks for everything?
  Really?  The good and the bad?
It’s easy to thank Him for the job you have, the house you live in and for healing the loved one who was very ill.
What about being thankful for the not-so-pleasant things? How are believers supposed to do that?  We are to thank Him for the unfortunate situations, as well as the good ones, and have faith they happened for a reason that will bring glory to Him.
How can a person be thankful when they’ve lost their job?  Faith is the answer.  Maybe their family life suffered because of the job and losing the job unified the family. Another possibility:   Maybe the job wasn’t what they really wanted to do for a living.  Losing it  allowed the person to pursue a God-given passion they had and they are much happier, now. His will is done.
Let’s say a person wants to buy a house they are crazy about.  However, plans don’t go their way and they don’t get the house. What does that person have to be thankful for?  Faith is the answer. Perhaps there were unseen problems with the house and God was protecting the person from having to deal with them.  God may have seen that the house was going to become a kind of “God” to the person and He decided it best that the purchase not work out. His will is done.
Many times we pray for someone who is ill, but they continue to suffer and are taken from us. This is a difficult issue, in some ways, to understand. We are to be thankful?  Yes!  Again, Faith is the answer.  Years ago, I realized our prayers for healing are answered. Our prayers are answered in the way He sees as best.  We want our loved one healed so they can remain with us on Earth. However, He may see it best to heal our loved one in Heaven. Either way, they are healed and for that, we should be thankful. Being thankful doesn’t mean we don’t hurt when the loved one is taken from us. It means we appreciate God doing what is best.  Being thankful doesn’t mean we always get what we want. He can see the big picture and we can’t. Again, His will is done.
Faith is the answer. We are to have faith that all things happen because God knows best.  He is going to use those times of trial to show us His awesomeness; to bring us closer to Him.  Sometimes, we don’t see the blessings that come from our trials for a long time. Sometimes, we aren’t the ones who see the blessings at all…others do.  Either way…Faith is the answer. Be thankful and have faith.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18)


  1. A word fitly spoken!

    This Thanksgiving ( and every day ), I am thankful for YOU!

  2. Thank You, Dear Shelley! I am so thankful for You, as well. As Anne Shirley of "Anne of Green Gables" would say: "We are kindred spirits."