I pray you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving. I miss you and hope to be back to visiting your blogs soon.
Our Thanksgiving was low key this year. Four out of the seven adults in my home were down with the stomach flu. Thankfully, two were already on the road to recovery by Thanksgiving, and the other two weren’t hit until later that night. So we just laid around that evening and never did get out of the house to do out traditional Black Friday shopping the next morning which my daughters and I have done every year for many years. We did manage to drag ourselves out of the house for our annual trek up the Santa Cruz Mountains to cut down our Christmas Tree. Even though some were still battling fatigue and we made it a quick trip, it was worth it.
Here’s my beautiful family, including our oldest son’s girlfriend.
This weekend got me thinking about the scripture that talks about giving thanks in all things.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thess. 5:18)
So often I think we misinterpret the scripture and we read it as if God is wanting us to give thanks “for” all things. But that is not the case. Bad things happen. We go through hard circumstances. Grief is a very real part of our lives. We are not called to thank God “for” those hard things but rather we are to thank God IN the hard things.
Four out of seven adults down with the stomach flu and weekend plans ruined. I was a little upset at first. I mean who wouldn’t be. But once I found something to thank God for in the middle of the hard, my attitude began to change. While I didn’t give God thanks for the flu and how my loved ones were disappointed that our shopping trip was not going to happen, I thanked God that it moved very quickly, and that the other adults (myself included) and my two grandsons were spared.
Although I didn’t thank God that I wasn’t going to be able to spend time with my daughters as is tradition and create fun memories, I did thank Him that He provided a way for us to buy more important things this week, like food and gas. You see I had set aside $100 for our shopping spree and ended up purchasing much needed items for the house instead. The shopping can wait.
This weekend was just a small glimpse of a bigger lesson God has been trying to teach me. Life is hard sometimes. Pain is real and healing often takes time. But when I choose to give thanks in the middle of my mess, my attitude about my circumstances will change.When I choose to give thanks in the middle of my mess, my attitude about my circumstances change. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
God desires that we see Him working in the midst of the hard. My eyes are open.
How are you thanking God in the middle of your mess?
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
721. A financial gift from a friend in a most desperate time.
722. A new phone (I went to the dark side, as some would say)
723. My youngest son who continues to amaze me doing 9th grade independent study.
724. My youngest daughter who is getting very good grades her senior year.
725. Fall scents (spiced cider, cinnamon, clove)
726. Burnt Almond Cake
727. Spending time with family during Thanksgiving.
728. The smell of the turkey cooking.
729. Apple Cider toasts.
730. Staying in my pajamas all day on Friday.
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