is the time of year when we stop and are thankful for all our
blessings. Of course, we should be thankful every day of the year.
I want you to take a different look at Thanksgiving this year. You
certainly can list all of your many blessings and be thankful.
But, are you truly thankful for everything?
Thessalonians 5:16-18 says: Be joyful always; pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you
in Christ Jesus.
you thankful for everything in your life? Are you thankful for
your troubles, frustrations, unfulfilled expectations, you fill in
the blank? I think it is easy to be thankful for the good things
in our lives, but not the difficult things.
past few years in my life have been extremely difficult. There is
no need to go into all the specifics. Through the difficulties I
have learned more about God’s faithfulness and care for me. I
have come to God as a little child and saying, “Please, take
care of me.” I don’t have the answers. When I focus on God
instead of myself I become renewed and refreshed. Now, if you had
asked me several years ago did I want these particular
difficulties – I would have given you a resounding, NO! I would
tell you now I would not trade those difficulties for easy times,
because of the precious knowledge and growth that occurred in my
relationship with God. The verse that has been my stronghold is
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. God
has taught me the only sure thing in this world is his love for me
and his overwhelming mercy and grace.
would encourage you when you are going through trials and
tribulations to ask God what he has to teach you through this
difficult time. I know our first reaction is to just pray,
“Lord, get me out of this difficulty”, but I would encourage
you to go one step further and say, “What do you have to show
me?” How can I trust you when everything is crashing down around
please don’t hear me saying be a “happy” Christian and say
Praise the Lord for whatever is happening in your life. God does
not expect us to pretend. We can bring all our hurts and
frustrations to him. He loves and wants to be our Abba – Father.
this Thanksgiving I would encourage you to take a different twist
on being thankful for your blessings. Try being thankful for
everything in your life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Learn to
be content in whatever circumstance you are in and ask God to show
you what he wants you to learn about him and his almighty love for
you. Please remember you need to do nothing to earn or keep
God’s love for you. He loves you just the way you are even if
you don’t change at all.
2004 Kimberly Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach
and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in
helping Christian women make the most of their lives. She is the
author of the on-line course, “I Can’t Say No” and Pearls of
Encouragement for Christian Working Moms, a free e-book. If you
suffer from “I Can’t Say ‘No” Syndrome, visit Kimberly’s
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