in all things, give thanks

in all things, give thanks

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1

Hey y’all! I’m so happy you’re reading this. In honor of Thanksgiving on Thursday, this weeks scripture is about giving thanks 🙂
Okay. Our world isn’t very peaceful right now. It seems like I come downstairs every morning and I hear about a new terrorist attack or mass shooting. Countless people are murdered everyday. Some people have no mercy, even toddlers can be victims. After a while, we as a country think nothing of it. Today’s society is so immune to death; we mourn for a day or two and then move on.
And that makes me sick to my stomach.
In these times, like most people, I angrily pray to God, asking why he would allow for these terrible things to happen to His people. He allows for all of this to happen:
For good Christians to be murdered for not denying him,
For young, pure children to be killed for nothing,
Animals like dogs or cats with nothing but love and loyalty in their hearts, get shot.
He allows cancer to kill good, happy people.
He allows mental illness to overwhelm those who others love.
But God doesn’t want for all of this to happen; it never was and will never be His intention.
However, we don’t always realize this, and sometimes it is hard to find something to be thankful for.
But y’all, there are SO MANY things to praise God for every single day, even in this world of death and pain.
When I’m asked for what I’m thankful for at the dinner table or in class, I often give a generic answer like my family, friends, food, education, ect. I never stop to think about what I’m blessed with everyday, because I have the mindset that I’ll always be blessed with these things. But lately I’ve been trying to think of some things that I take for granted every day.
In fact, I asked a few of my friends and family, and here are some of the responses I got!
  • “The unconditional support that my loved ones give no matter what”
  • “Wednesday breakfast with my favorite daughter. It’s always good to hear about her life and have a chance to relax from the regular routine”
  • “The opportunity my parents gave me to help me earn a black belt”
  • “My health”
  • “Avocados and yoga”
  • “My dog”
  • “My faith and knowing that i’m going to have my next meal”
  • “my education and the doors it will open for me”
  • “my parents who sacrifice their money to pay for the needs of my siblings and I.”
Aren’t these great?! It really makes me think about what things that I’m thankful for.
So now that we recognize our innumerable gifts that God has given us, it’s time to spread the word. Our society is notorious for believing that there isn’t a God because of all the hate that is in peoples hearts, or because of all the destruction, illness, death, and war.
So when someone asks a question like “why do you believe in a God who allows so many bad things” respond with the question, “why do you not believe in a God who gives so many good things?”
This week I challenge y’all to think everyday about something you’re blessed to have. But let’s not just be thankful this week- let’s think of things everyday!
Here’s a prayer i suggest that y’all pray this week 🙂
Remember to always stop and thank God for all he has done, and never believe our society who claims that a God who allows death and pain isn’t a good God.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gifts!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

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