Giving Thanks

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:18

Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world can be to be thankful for something.  It’s easy to be thankful for the blessings we receive.  It’s easy to be thankful for sunshine and good health.  It’s easy to be thankful for happy marriages and beautiful, obedient children.  It’s easy to be thankful for good jobs and sufficient money coming in.  It’s just easy to be thankful when things are going our way.

But life isn’t always about sunshine and good health.  Marriages are failing all around us and children are going their own ways.  More and more people are losing their jobs and most of us are concerned about whether or not the paycheck is going to stretch until the next one comes in.  How are we to be thankful during those times?

I fail in being thankful more times than not, but I am really trying to train myself to look for the good in things.  And I think that it is important that my children  learn to do so as well.  Sometimes it is harder than others, like when I feel that I’ve been hit with one thing after another.  Right now is one of those times.  When it seemed as if everybody was on the mend from the H1N1 virus and we were getting back on our routine, my 15 year-old son started to get sicker and sicker until he ended up in the hospital.  The baby and I spent Thanksgiving week at the hospital with him as he confounded the doctors through one test after another.   Thankfully, the doctors finally diagnosed Lyme Disease and started treatment for him, and we were all able to come home.  However, we came home to 2 other children being sick with a cold!  That cold has now passed to my husband and to me, and I’m currently feeling quite miserable with it.

Miserable as I am, I still have much for which to be thankful.  While it does seem that we’ve been hit hard with one thing after another in the last couple of months, we still have an intact family, my loving husband still has a job to go to, and the 15 year-old is getting treatment and is doing MUCH better.  Furthermore, if this bug follows the same pattern in me that it has with the others, I should be a whole lot less miserable tomorrow.  😉

Once I get started, there are a great number of things that I could list about which I am thankful.  Many of those include relatively minor details that the Lord has worked out in the last few weeks.  Details such as being able to stay at the hospital with my son as he went through test after test, in spite of having my 3 1/2 month-old baby with me.  We live a fair distance from the hospital, and there is no way that I could have gone back and forth to care for the baby.  The hospital policy during flu season states that only parents are allowed to visit the patients.  The fact that the baby had already had H1N1 played a big part in an exception being made for her.  The nurses even brought a crib into the room  for her!

Even though our family missed celebrating our favorite holiday together, we are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving once we are all feeling better.  After all, who says that Thanksgiving can only be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November?  It would be much better if every day of the year were a day of Thanksgiving!

And after having listed just a few of the things for which I am thankful, I must say that I am feeling much better.  🙂

P.S.  Just after publishing this post, I went to iTunes to try to catch up on listening to some of the podcasts that I enjoy.  The first one on my list was a Revive Our Hearts broadcast by Nancy Leigh Demoss titled “Abounding in Gratitude.”  Talk about timing!

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  • Blia says:

    Thanks for posting this. I think we often forget about the most important things in life and how we should be thankful for those things. I know it is hard when there is so much going on in our lives. My husband and I recently went through a bankruptcy due to a failing business partnership with Butterball turkeys, and neither of us are making much money to afford an awesome Christmas for our kids this year, but we are most thankful that we at least still have our family and that no one has any long-term health problem.

  • Jen says:

    I think one reason we forget is because we are just so darn busy (and it takes a little time to reflect on how blessed we really are). A number of years ago, my daughter and I decided we should try to balance out our prayer life by adding more “thank you’s” in with the “pleases”. Having gone through cancer, I can honestly say we really DO have lots to be thankful for; even in tough times :o)
    Great post!

  • Todd says:

    It really is difficult to be thankful in times of hardship and distress. I try to remember what Job went through during those times.

  • ish says:

    Stopping by to say Happy and Healthy 2010 to you and Your family. God bless us all.

  • carmel says:

    May you have a Christ-filled new year! God bless!

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