Are you thankful for all things?
Am I thankful for all things?
I struggle with having a “gratitude attitude” sometimes. Life is not perfect; it is often hard. It is hard to be thankful when bad things happen. Yet, God commands us to be thankful and that tells us that He is always good.
One thought that has been a comfort to me the past 3-4 years is how God is sovereign and He is in control. One does not necessarily know how God is working, yet He is! In a very minor way, I consider my blogging. I never started blogging to make money. After a few months of blogging, I decided to move to self-hosted wordpress; and then I thought I should see if I could make something of this blog. I started a second blog. I saw some growth and income coming in–but not enough that could justify all the hours I was putting into keeping the blog going. Yet, I kept at it just to keep the blog running for my kids one day to get our recipes and see the pictures from when they were little.
Fast forward to this year: we have a significant pay cut. We do not have in our budget money for private music lessons and any extras. All of a sudden, I am getting opportunities to earn some money with the blog that I never had before — and my views had dropped! (Now they are doing well; November and December are great months for a few of my posts.) God knew that we needed that extra money right now, not months ago.
As I taught in Kindergarten about the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses, I contemplated their lives. They all had some big difficulties. They all had to wait years to see fulfillment of promises. They all had reasons to doubt God and to turn their back on Him. Yet they trusted in Him, obeyed Him, and God used them. God knew what He was doing. Abraham had to wait 25 years for a son; Joseph was a slave for 13 years; and Moses took care of sheep for 40 years. It could not have been easy to trust in God during those times; yet as we look back on their lives, we see why God did what He did and how He worked all things out for good.
In the same way, many times we cannot see how God is working through our trials and difficulties right now; but our responsibility is to trust and obey. When we exercise our faith in the sovereignty of God, then He can direct and use us. What could be better than that? Can you work with me this year on being thankful for all things? God will bless a grateful spirit!
Here are some posts last week that focused on thankfulness:
- Showing Your Family Thanks during the Holidays from Seeing the Lovely
- The Minimalist Guide to Being a Thankful Wife from Women Abiding
- Free Chalkboard-Style Thankfulness Scripture Printables from Children Are a Blessing
- Helping Our Kids Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude from Embark on the Journey
- Dear Thanksgiving: You Are Not Forgotten (I Promise) from Your Vibrant Family
- 40+ Thanksgiving Activities that Teach Kids Thankfulness from Your Vibrant Family
- Why I’m Thankful for My Estranged Father from Simply Wright
- Inspired by . . . Gratitude Series II: Good Gifts from Inspired by June
- Fall Back Upon Thankfulness from Mary-andering Creatively
- T in Thanksgiving : Testimony from Mary-andering Creatively
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