1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);
17 Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];
18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
This fall especially, I have learned to be thankful is not necessarily to FEEL it. He doesn't say "feel thanks", He says GIVE thanks. Even if I don't feel it, even if it's through tears, even on the hard days, even when thankful is the last thing I am. Giving it lets it take root, lets it get in deep and anchor itself. It's what I have ended each post with. Not because I particularly felt it, even though sometimes I did, but purposefully saying Thank You Lord. I know You will use even this for Your glory. And He has. Tonight, for the first time in two years, I am excited for a New Years eve to come. I am glad for the people I am able to share with and for what He has done this year, especially on the hard days.....never will I leave you baby girl, NEVER will I forsake you....no, He never has. And if I have no other reason on earth, that very one makes me forever, thankful.