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thankful . . .

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Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:18

This is my memory verse for my First Place Sunday School class this week. I’ve been thinking about it in light of the difficulties we have been facing. 

It’s not hard to give thanks  every day because there is always something I can thank the Lord for.

My salvation first – His love toward me – His goodness- His rich and varied character – the depth of knowing Him –  the love that sent Jesus – His life –  the beauty of His words – the truth and challenge of  Scripture – the riches of the Word – family and loved ones – the fellowship of those who know and love me – the unity of those whom I’ve never met, yet who love Him – how instant it is – the beauty of prayer – the privilege of prayer – His beautiful creation.

These things are always with me – no matter what is happening around me or in me. 

I could go on and on. I am thankful that this life and its troubles are really very short – like a vapour. And the Lord has promised something more – something beyond our comprehension – a life eternal with Him –a beautiful life without the effects of sin.

It isn’t hard to be thankful – to fill pages with reasons to be thankful.

Yet difficult circumstances affect my emotions and I forget. I need to remind myself that even in the midst of difficult times we have even more blessings to be thankful for:

  • That the Lord has promised to work good in every situation for those who love Him
  • That He has promised to restore the years the locust eat
  • That He is always with me
  • That He hears me when I cry
  • His peace which goes beyond understanding
  • That I don’t need to fear because He is Ruler, King, Lord, Sovereign
  • That He delivers in this life, and if He chooses not, then in the next.
  • That nothing compares – no trouble – no heartache – no sickness – nothing compares with the joy of knowing Him.
  • That it is worth giving up all things – even our lives – for Him – because He is the only Treasure worth seeking.

There are so many more.

What would you add to the thankful list? 

In keeping with this thankful post, I want to add my heartfelt thanks again to each of you for your prayers and kind words for our friends Gus and Karen. He shows small signs of improvement which are very encouraging. We continue to ask the Lord for his complete recovery.

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7 thoughts on “thankful . . .

  1. Kathie, This post touched me. I am thankful for it! And I’m thankful for the song you shared. I’m sharing this post with a friend. Jody (who was grateful to stop in here today)

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  2. I am daily thankful for my family, my parents who loved me, cared for me, trained me, and my husband and children who are great blessings to me. I am thankful for shelter and food, hot water, peaceful surroundings. Most of all, I’m thankful for God’s grace in my life.About yarn as decor: absolutely true. The baskets of yarn are placed all over my home–and there’s the rub– if I knit it all up I will have to spin more to replace it, right???

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