on sunday i began reading through thessalonians. i finished 1 thessalonians this morning.
i also "happen" to be re-reading a little book i love, by elisabeth elliot.
today's section was on thanksgiving.
a scripture verse in my reading was 1 thessalonians 5:18.
"give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of god in christ jesus for you."
and elisabeth elliot writes:
"the scriptures have a way of covering all the possibilities. our bad luck can be transformed if we do one simple thing: "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of god in christ jesus for you." that is what the bible says. we could not ask for a clearer statement. the circumstances may not look even remotely like the will of god, but to give thanks in (not necessarily for) them is the will of god. that much we can do."
a reminder i needed this morning. every day.
in the small, annoying or tiresome things. give thanks.
a sleepless child, laundry that overwhelms, coffee stains on your new favorite shirt.
and in the hard medical diagnosis, the home foreclosure, the barren womb.
be encouraged today. give thanks with me!
for every thing god has brought to our door.
for when he brings us to it, he will bring us through it. he is faithful.