16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thess 5:16-18
Sometimes it would be so much easier not to give thanks; days are hard, wakeful nights are long, and tears are near. I don’t think God expects us to be thankful for all circumstances, but in all circumstances. The sure knowledge that he is with us and that even in the hardest times we are loved by our amazing God, should lead us to be thankful.
This isn”t always easy to do, but I practice it with my simple Sunday Gratitude posts. If not one person reads this, it’s okay because it is an exercise in obedience for me. When I really consider all that I am thankful for, it lightens my heart.
giving thanks #1431 – 1440
a great visit with my sister Elizabeth and her kids
spending a fun day at the pool
lots of time wearing pajamas and sipping coffee
my car full of middle school girls going to youth group
one of my very best friends, Kathleen, visiting now
showing her my life, house, town after so many years of friendship
hospitality we’ve received from Kathleen and Dan many, many times in Seattle
white lights in our backyard that make me happy every night
sitting outside watching fireworks in all directions
Little Man calling out, “Best one ever! Thank you!” when an especially good firework shot up into the sky
early morning coffee outside with Russ
a blanket around my shoulders
a wedding yesterday
visiting with friends after church
Samuel’s new apartment
Annarose playing keys on worship team
family dinner this afternoon
I hope your day is wonderful and you experience God’s goodness in your life.
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