Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I was telling my family what I’m thankful for. I am thankful for the opportunities I did not get, relationships that did not work, and for the times I’ve been hurt, disappointed and misused. I received so many awkward stares and side glances as if to say, “You’re thankful for THAT???”
My answer to all of them is YES!! I’m thankful. We are instructed to “…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1st Thessalonians 5:18 NIV) Our thankfulness is NOT to be limited to what we consider good. We are to thank Him in EVERY situation and for everything, including what we consider bad.
A wonderful example of this principle in practice is in Acts 16. Paul and Silas had been wrongfully accused and arrested, stripped naked, savagely beaten, and thrown in jail, YET, “…But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them…” (Acts 16:25 NIV) Later in that same chapter Paul and Silas experienced the power of God when the jail shook and their chains were loosed. The same God that delivered in the midst of praise back then is still willing and able to deliver today, however, you have GOT to praise God even in the middle of your storm.
Lately, I have been facing some difficult situations, illness of close family members, working with limited financial resources, dealing with disappointment and personal failures; however, I choose to praise God because I know EVERYTHING He allows in my life is just moving me closer to the destiny I have in Him.
THANK YOU!!! Thank You for EVERYTHING! I thank You for all the good in my life and all the struggles. I thank You for every goal You’ve allowed me to reach and the ones I’m still striving to attain. I thank You for the opportunities I’ve been given and for all the doors that were slammed in my face. I thank You for all of my family and friends. I thank You for breaking relationships and causing people to remove themselves from my life. Thank You for EVERY time You have told me NO or caused others to tell me no. Help me Lord to continue to submit myself to You and I decree and declare that Your WILL BE DONE, whatever it is! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to PRAISE AND WORSHIP God right in the middle of your circumstance. Praise Him for EVERYTHING going on in your life and walk in confidence knowing that “He who began a good work in you, will see it through to completion!” Thank God that all the good, and especially all the bad, is just moving you closer and closer to your destiny.
Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.