Thankfulness

For some things it’s easy to be thankful. Family, friends, God, shelter, warmth, etc. But what about those pesky things that we don’t want to be thankful for? Hmm. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” God doesn’t say to give thanks for the things we like, but EVERYTHING! Just in case you missed I’ll say it again: GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING!

Wow! As I reread those words it hit me how ungrateful I can be. Because there are things I don’t want to be thankful for. I don’t want to be thankful for being physically, emotionally and sexually abused as a child. I don’t want to be thankful for having been a drug addict. Oh, I’m thankful that God healed me from drug addiction, that I have over four years clean, but I’m not thankful for the addiction. But I couldn’t be healed and have experienced the grace and love of God without having had the addiction.

So today I’m going to choose to be grateful:

Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you that I was abused as a child. I thank you for my former drug addiction. I thank you for delivering me from that drug addiction. I thank you for all the pain I’ve experienced in my life, because without the pain I wouldn’t have grown into the woman I am today. I know that you love me and that you only want the best for me. So Lord I thank you for it. And Lord, give me the grace to be thankful sooner than later. Amen.

Selah.

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About michellerap

Today I find my identity in God. I use to find my identity in externals, like motherhood, being a lawyer, etc. But that's not who I am. I am redeemed and wholly loved and precious in His sight. First and foremost, this is who I am. The other things are part of me, but they do not define me. God does. My job as a Christian is not to judge people but to show them the heart and hands of Christ. I am to show mercy and grace. And someday, when I am an attorney, I hope I can help those God puts in my path to find justice. I am a mother of four and a grandmother of nine. I am proud of each of them. I also have three dogs. I am lawyer who loves what I do. I am also Gluten-Free and any recipe I publish is GF. It's the only way I cook.
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