In All Things Give Thanks

Last Sunday in church, our Pastor preached from 1 Thessalonians 5:18. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I have read this many times. (Actually the whole chapter deserves a good read if you haven’t yet.) One of my favorite chapters in the bible. I have watched all this month as people put their 30 days of thanks on Facebook. I have done this in the past but this year, I just could not do it. I could not just bring myself to allow only 30 days of what I am thankful for. I spend every prayer I pray, thanking God for what I still have. I have lost so much since that horrible day last December. If there is anything that I have learned, it is to be thankful to what you have now, every single day. You never know how long you are going to have it. Even on the darkest of my days in grief, there is something to give thanks for. Even if it just being able to live another day. Do we thank God enough for all he has given us? Or do we just spend time asking for what he hasn’t?
I am thankful for so much. I am thankful first that God has been with me this year and led me to where I need to be. I am thankful that even though I am not perfect, he still loves me. I am thankful for my husband and children who love me unconditionally. I am thankful for Krista who has taught me more than I could ever teach her. I am thankful for my family who has been my backbone and support. I am thankful for my church family that has become my heart. I am thankful for our friends that know just when we need them. I am thankful that I have been able to be a Mom for 21 years. I am thankful that I have Kaelyn Faith who I think was sent to us to be a light of hope for the ones grieving. I am thankful that I have found my path and that it will help others. I am thankful to be able to help others because in the end, it is helping me just as much. I am just thankful to have another day to be thankful.
I pray each morning and thank God for letting me see another day. I pray thanks throughout the day of all the little things. At night I pray thanks that my family was safe and sound another day and that we are all under one roof. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”