Happy Sabbath, ladies. This week my mind has been focused on gratitude. It’s nearing Thanksgiving, and I have been working through different crafts and readings with my children about thankfulness. I can’t help but think about it myself.
(You can check out a video I made about a few frugal Thanksgiving activities below.)
Anyhow, while I do believe I’ve kept an “attitude of gratefulness” most of the time, sometimes I’m just not very grateful. I take for granted all of the blessing God has given me, and instead, throw myself a pity party. A couple of times this happened this year is when my family came down with a virus, when we sold our cabin, and when my husband faced a vaccine mandate. There is also a personal relationship that has literally brought me to my knees many times this year.
Scripture is clear however that all the things that surround me are working together for my good, if I am in Christ.
All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
All of these seemingly “bad” things are working together for my good…it seems like a crazy thought, but I know that if it is in God’s Word, it is truth. It has to be.
And what are we to do in the meantime? When everything seems to go wrong?
We are to trust. We are to love. We are to pray. We are to be grateful.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
We are to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will. Sometimes we will have to literally choose to be grateful. Some of my circumstances aren’t what I would have chosen, and yet the Lord (YHWH) has put me here. He has a reason, and most likely it is for my refinement. This is reason to give thanks and to be grateful.
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
When we can’t think of any other reason to give thanks to God, His righteousness is enough. We can thank Him for working righteously through our lives. If we are believers who are living according to His will, we can know this to be so.
I’ve been encouraged to choose gratitude this week. While it can be a tough choice, it definitely is the right one to make.
I hope that you are encouraged on this Sabbath day. May God bless you as we prepare to step into the next week. Oh, and don’t forget to download your Free Thankfulness Printable Cards if you’d like.