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GRATEFUL //

Updated: May 8, 2023


Happy November!


'Tis the busiest season of the year. It is also the season that we are expected to simultaneously slow down and show thanks for the blessings and gifts we've been given. It is also the time of year that people either write a post a day on things that they are grateful for, or they sit at a blank screen because this season of their life is making it difficult to list things that they are grateful for.


Sometimes our list of thankfulness is abundant, and other times it is sparse. But in all things we are supposed to have joy in the Lord.


Sometimes that looks very different than the way we expect it to. Sometimes "giving thanks in all things" looks like a mama kissing her babies while crying out of overwhelm. Sometimes it looks like someone trying to remember good memories while grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Sometimes, it looks like driving in a silent car after a work day of nothing but noise.


This year, I have so many things to be thankful for. My family, my faith, my ability to multi-task, my small but growing business, the possibility of new life. But today, I want to sit with and encourage you, no matter what season of life you're in. Giving thanks in all things doesn't always have to look like verbally saying thank you. We can give God the glory in every season, no matter the circumstance.


 

"Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."

- Colossians 3:16


"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


"Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

he enables me to tread on the heights."

- Habakkuk 3:17-19


Footnote: don't think of the word "admonish" (Col. 3:16) as a bad word. Rather, think of it as this definition: "urging someone earnestly." Basically we are seen as accountability partners for each other in our spiritual walks.

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