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February 26, 2009

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

In times when you face challenges in your personal life or when your world seems to be falling apart, you still have plenty of reasons to be grateful as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Why? Because God is good… and He’s good all the time. He is full of grace and mercy, and you know what? He cares about you. He knows where you are in life and what you’re going through.

Also, remember that God is in control. He is sovereign. He sees the big picture—the past, present, and future. 

What’s even more exciting is that the God of the universe has a plan specifically for your life. And that plan is already in motion. He knows where you’re going and how to get you there. 

This is why you and I should give thanks in every situation or challenge—no matter how daunting or intimidating it may seem.

Because God will use it ultimately for your good. You and I may not understand why we face certain trials in life, but God has a purpose and a plan that is in place for you. Through it all, He is equipping, preparing, and positioning you for His ultimate purpose. 

This isn’t just a good thing… it’s a great thing!

One of my favorite verses, Romans 8:28, offers this hope: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

With so much hope and promise for our future, how can we not be thankful? We are blessed because God loves us! We are blessed because God is still in control! We are blessed because God has called us to a unique purpose! 

So no matter what you’re facing today, I want to encourage you to take a moment to consider your blessings. 

Remember what God has brought you through and get excited about where He is taking you. When you do, you’ll be able to live with an attitude of gratitude no matter what your circumstances are!



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