We all have circumstances that bring us down, cast a shadow upon our hearts, and make life seem unbearable at times. Maybe you are going through an illness that is debilitating or even fatal. Perhaps you are in the process of divorce or have lost a love one. Perchance you have lost your job or your home is being foreclosed. Whatever the circumstance, you can still be thankful! Yes, I said you can still be thankful…hard though it may be during the difficult and devastating events of life.
God says that we are not to be anxious about anything but in all things, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to him (Philippians 4:6). Yes, God requires you to be thankful. Your circumstances may indeed be devastating, but if you dwell on all the negative, it is easy to get stuck there, becoming depressed and hopeless. God wants to bring you hope during the storms of life, give you comfort in your darkest times, renew your heart when it is broken, and save you when you are lost. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). God will work good out of all things for those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). God has great plans for your life, and the storms that come against you can be used by God to bring good into you life, build endurance and perseverance, shape your future, and make you stronger than you ever thought possible….if you let God in and let him lead!
You most certainly don’t have to thank God for the circumstances that you are battling with, but you do need to thank him in the circumstances. Praise him during the circumstances. Sing to him in spite of the circumstances. Honor him through the circumstances. Rather than focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have. Rather than complaining and arguing with everyone around you, including God, shine like the evening stars, bringing hope not only to those around you, but into your own life as well.
So what do you have to be thankful for? Stop and think! What makes you blessed? What brings you joy? What do you do or have every day that you take for granted?
Check this out and then feel free to add what you are thankful for in the comments 🙂 It is always good to share so others can be inspired by the beauty you see and the things that bring you hope and joy.
God bless and keep you always!