Day 26- Thankfulness

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It’s something that our thoughts naturally turn to at this time of year.

We are thankful for our family, our friends and most of all our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are thankful for sunshine, hot baked, yummy bread, and puppy dogs.

We are thankful for snuggles and kisses, wood stoves and hot chocolate.

I have been posting on my facebook page daily status updates of thankfulness for these many gifts that God has bestowed upon me.

But have you ever thought how easy it is for us to be thankful for all these good things?
Have you ever considered how we should be thankful for the difficult things as well? The afflictions, the trails, the difficulties?

Ouch. This hits home.

The Psalmist knew this when he wrote, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71

David was thankful for His afflictions.

Can I be thankful for mine?

Several years ago we were enjoying the fellowship of a wise older man. He had lost his finger in a machinery accident. As he was retelling the story and expressing how he had to watch as the knife automatically came down upon his hand, with no way to stop it, since his arm was caught…we asked him “What did you do?” His response? “I said, Thank you, Lord.”

Thank you, Lord.

Can I say “Thank you, Lord” for those things that are hard? For those things that are painful within and without? For those trials that I would never chose for myself, but He has wisely seen best for me?

Can I be thankful for my adrenal fatigue? Can I be thankful for the moments when I feel overwhelmed and empty of strength? Can I be thankful when my daughter sends hundreds of little beads cascading down the stairs at the very moment we are to be sitting down to dinner? Can I embrace the mess?

I have far to go. But, may we consider today Job’s words…

“What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”

May each one of us this month consider our need for thankfulness for ALL of the Lord’s dealings in our lives…for He doeth ALL things well!

“By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15

Thankful Challenge:
Find one thing that is hard for you to truly thank the Lord for. Actively take it before Him and ask Him to enable you to thank Him for it, knowing that He does all things well.

Thankful Challenger:

Jenny is an ordinary mom with an extraordinary God. She homeschools her 7 children (ages 14-2mo). When she is not teaching, playing with her children, or changing diapers, she loves to sing, write and blog. She has unmatched socks, messy closets and is allergic to mornings. As a recovering perfectionist she recently published the ebook Embracing the Mess. Come and be encouraged, blessed and challenged in your high calling as a wife and mother over at A Mother’s Heritage. You may also follow her on Facebook, or Twitter.

Link up to the challenge:

I’d like to invite you to link-up if you are participating in this challenge, or if you have written a post that will encourage women to be more thankful.

If you are not a blogger you can link up too – just use Becoming a Strong Woman of God URL in place of your own to indicate that you are committed to this challenge.

 Bloggers, if you are linking up below, may I ask that you post the “30 Days of Being Thankful” Challenge button on your site so that other women will join in the challenge as well.

Serving Him With Joy,

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About Sonya

I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don’t have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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