Count Your Blessings
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.–1 Thess. 5:16-18
To give thanks is not the same as “feeling thankful.” To give thanks in the midst of pain and problems is to take a step of faith based on the command of 1 Thessalonians 5:18. God tells us to give thanks in all circumstances (not just those we can handle or feel on top of). For what things can you give thanks, even while you’re hurting?
- The Word of God, the gift of Christ and his salvation
- The mercies of God which are new and fresh every morning
- Those friends and family members who are saved
- The hope of heaven; the encouragement of Christian friends
- The health you do possess (despite any medical challenges)
- God’s grace that is sustaining your every breath
- Your children and grandchildren, or other children in your life
- The provisions God gives for food, clothing, and shelter
- Laughter, sunsets, music, flowers, backyard birds, and your favorite dessert
Challenge yourself to give thanks for small and great things every day. As you are obedient in the discipline of giving thanks, God will eventually reward you with the emotion of thankfulness. This will cultivate a greater spirit of gratitude in your heart.
Were you blessed by this post? This post was taken from Joni Eareckson Tada’s pamphlet A Thankful Heart in a World of Hurt. She has taken her most important insights on thankfulness and joy and encapsulated them into this 14-page pamphlet. Whether you or a loved one is suffering.
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