“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Giving thanks… It’s easy when we have a joyful heart, and things are going well. Then it is easy to praise the Lord. But what about when you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or are facing mountains that needed to move now? How do you praise God when you feel broken inside, or when sorrow becomes overwhelming?
Yet God’s Word tells us to give thanks in all things- good and bad. The million dollar question then becomes, how do you do that?
The change becomes your focus. We can choose to focus on the mountain ahead and become overwhelmed, or we can take our authority, have faith, and watch it move. Part of building our faith is focusing on what is worth of praise. It changes our mindset. It moves our focus off of what isn’t going right/what we don’t have to what we should be grateful for. It recognizes what God has done, and God’s goodness over a season of challenges. Additionally, the “good” thing about challenges is that they are only a season. Every season has a beginning, and an ending.
Shanta Chester explains how to give thanks no matter what your circumstances- and how to actually mean it with your heart. She also discusses why we should begin our day with praises of thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven. When we do this, it changes our focus off of our circumstances, and onto what is praiseworthy. When we do this, it changes not only our attitude, but our heart as well. It makes life easier to cope with, and stress becomes easier to manage.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
This topic on giving thanks and more will be featured in our July issue coming out on June 26th!