“in everything give thanks…” 1 Thess. 5:18a

“IN” everything. Give thanks. Not ‘for’ everything. But ‘in’ everything. I don’t have to be thankful for the negative. For the cancer that afflicts us at every turn. But ‘in’ the storm? In the midst of the trial, I can lean into Christ and know that ‘IN’ all this… there is hope eternal. He is faithful. I can know whom I have believed; and can fully rest in the persuasion that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day. [2 Tim 1:12]

“…for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thess. 5:18b

I often wonder.. what is my purpose? What should I do with my life?? 

give thanks. in everything.

But that’s too simple for my mind to wrap around so I have to cloud it with details. With non-important or even irrelevant, details. But what about *this situation*?? — give thanks. Yeah, but, how do I need to address this?? — give thanks.

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The night Christ was betrayed, on the eve of the day He was sacrificed for our sin… do you remember what He did? He sat with His disciples. He broke bread. And gave thanks. “Thanksgiving Proceeds The Miracle” [Ann Voskamp]. Giving thanks opens our heart up to the possibility of more joy and light than before. It opens us up to hope, to grace, to more love and purpose. “A thankful heart is a happy heart” [Jr. Asparagus]. 

In everything. Give thanks.

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photo credit: Nicole Bishop

Where is your heart? Is it open to more love, more joy, more purpose, more giving? Open the door to filling your life with joy with the keys of thankfulness, of gratitude.

Take some time to pause and unplug and make a list of your thanks. Give it to God. Let Him work the miracle that will follow. Write your list in the comments below, I’ll add a few of mine, too. Keep a journal of daily reminders; counting all the blessings. Keep them somewhere where you can be continually reminded of the things you count as joy, as blessing, as gift. Share with your friends how much they mean to you today, for you don’t know how much longer you have with them.

God is Good. And His mercies endure forever. Praise the Lord for His love never ends!

Happy thanks:giving – In Christ, Kerry

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