Reason #1 to Give Thanks: When its a Challenge

There are several books and resources to help anyone out there wanting to become more grateful, including fellow Canadian excellent Ann Voskamp’s excellent 1000 Gifts.

If you are like me, you may have days where reading a book might be too intimidating given what’s going on in your life.

I have narrowed down my 5 main reasons to give thanks in any circumstance, by looking at the Word, and how I have been able to apply it to my life. I will be sharing one reason each day this week.

(To be honest, my day has been so long and full of the unexpected, I needed the reminder this week. Maybe you can relate!)

When Its a Challenge:

When things don’t go my way, I have learned to thank God in the midst of it.

Because if we were honest, if we always got everything we wanted right when we wanted it, life would become stale without a challenge to overcome.

Without a challenge, we can take for granted all we do have, and lose perspective.

Sometimes, all i can thank Him for is being with me in the situation, and that is always a good reason to give Him thanks.  Knowing he loves me and has good plans for me helps me know the challenge is not forever, His presence is!

 Thank God no matter what happens.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:17

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Philippians 4:6

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when You walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. Psalm 23:4

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