Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In Everything Give Thanks

Have you ever been guilty of not thanking God during the tough times? Have you been guilty of feeling like you are being picked on by life, God and the enemy all at the same time?

Well, I don't know if you will be honest enough to say "yes" or not...but I will. Yes, I am guilty as charged. Last night, we got some news that was not what we were hoping and praying for...it rained all over my parade! In that moment and for the rest of the night through this morning...I was not a happy, positive, praising child of God. I am human, which for me means...I get discouraged, I get frustrated, I get down right angry because there are times that it seems like we never get a break...one that we so desperately need and want.

I was in a very bad mood or better said "funk" last night and this morning. However, I never stopped praying and yes, whining to God..."poor, poor, pitiful me"! I asked God this morning to please speak to me through His Word...deep into my spirit because I needed a lift really bad. I was lead to read...

I Thessalonians 5:16-24 (KJV)

16. Rejoice evermore.
17. Pray without ceasing.
18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19. Quench not the Spirit.
20. Despise not prophesyings.
21. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

(The Message)
16-18. Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
19-22. Don't suppress the Spirit, and don't stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don't be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what's good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.
23-24. May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!

Ouch! I had to bring myself back to my spiritual reality that God is in control of all things. If God said, then he will do it! He promises to provide all our needs in Philippians.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
My God will meet all your needs. He will meet them in keeping with his wonderful riches that come to you because you belong to Christ Jesus.

I pray you will have a blessed day and even if you don't....In Everything Give Thanks.


  1. Jennifer, thank you for your post and reminder. Great Word!


  2. I hear ya! God has "stepped on my toes" via His Word quite a few times too!

    I was stopping by to remind you of the Assembly of God Blogs Party. There is still time to join, and I hope you will! (You can click on the banner, on my blog to find out more.) If you need more motivation, there are some great door prizes to be given away. I hope you'll join us!!


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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