Monday, November 21

in all circumstances [re-post]

i reread this post i wrote two years ago at thanksgiving and wanted to share again to encourage anyone who might be going through a trying, difficult time as we are upon the holiday season...

'give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.' (1Thess 5:18)

this thanksgiving, i wanted to share something i heard regarding this verse and one small throughout my life, i think i've interpreted this instruction to read - give thanks for all circumstances. i think sometimes as Christians, we may be encouraged to give thanks for our circumstances, no matter what they may be. which is real easy to do when things are "going our way". but what about when they aren't? when you lose your job? when you can't afford your mortgage and your house is foreclosed? when yet another person you know is diagnosed with cancer? when your 9 day old niece dies unexpectedly? when you've been praying about something for weeks or months or years and God seems silent? when you feel like you just can't take any more bad news? 

when my mindset is that i should be giving thanks for my circumstances, i start questioning God. i question His love, His goodness, His kindness. i ask why? i get angry, my attitude turns bitter, and i start to doubt Him.

but that is not at all what God is asking of me. He has told us to give thanks in all circumstances. this one little word makes a world of difference in my heart. our circumstances are going to be trying and, at times, unbearable. but our hearts can give thanks. we can choose a posture of gratitude. today, i'm giving thanks for my salvation, for a beautiful family and lovely friends who stand by one another in the face of tragedy, for a man who loves and supports me, and for a God who loves me, just as i am.

my circumstances are out of my control. the posture of my heart is up to me. 

today, i'm giving thanks in my circumstances.


  1. oh man, this hits home today. thank you sarah - for your wisdom and your encouragement. i'm learning to measure "success" not according to my circumstances, but according to the state of my heart.



  2. this is a very honest truthful post. and perfect for this week. thank you for sharing :)

  3. Just found you through Jami's linkup. Thanks for sharing your heart - this was a real encouragement to me today.

  4. So true. We've had some major life circumstances (lupus, cancer, son with Asperger's) which have really taught me this lesson.


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