1 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! - Psalm 105:1-2
If we want the joy that is promised to us in this life, then we need to develop a heart of gratitude. But it must go deeper than a simple gratefulness for the things we have in life. Most of us can find something to be thankful for in every situation, and generally, when reminded, we stop and focus on the gifts He has given us. But our joy doesn’t change because our heart really hasn’t changed. Perhaps we’re momentarily distracted from our struggles by those things we stop and say thank for, but we really haven’t found a lasting joy in our struggles.
These verses seem to include a gratitude much deeper than a simple distraction. The energy and enthusiasm are a deep joy and celebration of God’s goodness. If we want that joy in our lives, we must push ourselves deeper level of gratitude. We are told to be thankful for all things - not just to look for the good in all situations, but to be thankful for the difficult situation itself. This deeper level of gratitude is thankful even for those circumstances that we wouldn’t choose for ourselves because we know and we trust that God is working all things for our good.
Everything He has placed in our lives and in our path has a purpose, and I trust that He knows what He's doing. The creator of the whole universe doesn't make mistakes, and He didn't make a mistake when He allowed these trials into my life. There is a purpose and a reason for every difficult situation we experience, and I know it’s to refine me. When we can move to the place where we can thank God for using the valleys in our lives to grow us closer to the image of Christ, that’s when we will find a supernatural joy that isn’t just a momentary distraction, but a joy that permeates our entire life.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
Popular posts from this blog
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
When we launched our new blog we had no idea if anyone would see it or be helped by it, but we knew that the LORD was prompting us to step out in faith and just do it. The response has been amazing and we are looking forward to how God will use this space for His glory. We have learned over many years of service in a variety of ministries, that God does not require human assistance to realize His plans for individuals, churches, nations, or the human race. But the story of the bible is the story of God’s will playing out through the words and actions of the His children. So…we pray, meditate on his Word, and write from the heart about the truths that mold our faith, guide our actions, and inspire our hearts and minds. Please visit the site and subscribe to continue receiving posts. https://graceinmarriage.com/ It is our sincere hope that you are blessed by our work here and welcome your input on how we can make Grace in Marriage even better. Thank you for your support.
Hi friends - This is a bittersweet post. This journal entry will be my last post on this forum. God has been moving in my heart and the heart of my husband, and He has called us to join forces to write a blog together on marriage. I still plan to post daily devotions, but they will be focused on marriage and posted on our new platform. There will also be additional content - our testimonies and stories, as well as my husband’s thoughts on marriage. We don’t know where God plans you take us in this journey, but we are excited, humble servants and willing to go where He leads. I want to take a moment to thank all of you. I am deeply grateful for those of you who have taken this difficult journey with me. God has done some amazing things through this blog, and I will be forever grateful for the way He has used it to grow my heart closer to Him. I would love for each of you to continue to follow my husband and me at our new site: graceinmarriage.com Hope to se