Thankfulness

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever!”
  Psalm 107:1


Why am I thankful? 

I often see “Thankfulness Campaigns” on social media, the idea being that you should list reasons over a period of time, for being thankful. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti this idea. In fact I think it’s a great one! A good friend of mine, throughout this whole lockdown period, has posted a positive, ‘I’m thankful for…’ statement every day, and I think that’s wonderful; it demonstrates a thankful heart in adverse circumstances.

Thanksgiving is a Biblical prescription for daily living. But there can sometimes be a very subtle shift in focus in some social media threads, where, if we aren’t careful, our thankfulness (or lack thereof) can start to become conditional: depending on my circumstances, or on what I perceive God to have done for me.

The Psalmist wrote: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

I don’t see any conditions written here. The truth is, our God is always worthy of our thanks and praise, in any life season and every circumstance! We thank Him and praise Him because of who He is. He is Beautiful, Wonderful, All Powerful, worthy, the One true God, before whom every knee must bow. King of Kings, Lord of Lords.  And He is our God who has blessed us, and will continue to bless us all the days of our lives.

Jill 💜

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

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