For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time when we all take a look at our lives and thank God for what He has blessed us with. But how many of us thank God for our troubles?
I have come to realize over the past few years that even the hardships of my life are cause for thanksgiving. It is within those trying times that I learn to lean on God for strength and perseverance. How often have I said “ I am never going to get through this” and then weeks, months and years fly by and everything has been resolved? This is no accident; it is in God’s plan for our lives.
Everyone has troubles and crosses to bear. It is hard to look at these times as gifts from God but they truly are. We know that Our Father is at our side no matter what the circumstances. It is in these times especially when we have a golden opportunity to get closer to God.
So, this Thanksgiving, praise God for all the blessings in your life. But also, don’t forget to thank Him for the hard times, the impossible people and the dire circumstances that you have and that you have been through. Throughout it all, God stands at our side. He was there yesterday, here now and will be here tomorrow.
Thank God for that!
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