You can NOT curse and thank God in the same breath.
Its impossible to do.
Yet, in all things we are called to give thanks.
Why is it so much easier when life is good?
When things are going smoothly?
When you know whats going on, and why?
Did God say we'd have answers all the time?
Did He say He was going to enlighten you that your "difficult" time is to bring Himself glory in this specific way, with these certain people, at this particular time?
He said- "Give thanks in everything" 1 Thes. 5:18
I have been on a journey. Sometimes I have good days, walking in the SOnlight, but I have some days where I allow myself to to shuffle along, wallowing in self-pity, under gray clouds of, "This isnt fair!"
Why I deprive myself of the better? Beats me.
I am still learning.
Tonight I got a reminder lesson in being thankful. Even in the times I dont know, understand, like, or see through, I need to give thanks.
I broke. I had to tell Dad I was mad at Him.
I had to tell Him I was thankful.
Thankful--- for being single.
For being right where I am, right now.
For not being able to see tomorrow, or know whats going to happen next.
For the ladies who have journeyed through life a little longer than I have, giving me wisdom, knowledge, and advice.
For going through lessons to become more like His Son.
For Him not giving up on me.
It was hard- but you know what, I meant it.
I am thankful for where I am right now, singleness and all!
God is bringing some amazing things across my path that I am privileged to work on and invest in. I am excited about all He has in store for me. I am thankful for today, that I have been given one more!
Tomorrow looks like it is going to be a beautiful day, and I am going to enjoy walking and basking in the Son!
I typed "give thanks" on a search engine for Biblegateway. There are pages that contain this combination of words, all tied in to the action of giving thanks. However, this verse stuck out like a neon llama:
"Willingly I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good." Psalm 54:6
Whoa. There is a ton to chew on here! I think I am going to take some time and mull it over, really savoring every bit! Here are some highlights that hit me right off though....
Willingly I will sacrifice... A sacrifice of something you love?
Something you long for?
Something you miss?
Something you are promised?
Yet willingly placed on the alter in an act of worship, a letting go and true surrender to the Lord.
I will GIVE THANKS to Your name,--- why?
Because it is good.
Besides being told to give thanks, do you need any other reason than this? But not only is His name good, HE is good, all the time!