Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Giving Thanks When it Doesn’t Go Your Way

on November 26, 2014

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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

It’s easy to give thanks when the weather is perfect, the bills are paid, the kids are behaving like little angels and you never, EVER get jury summons. No problem! Giving thanks is a piece of cake in these times! For some of us, life doesn’t ever seem to be like this, and certainly there are times in our lives when we all go through hardship and pain. Yet, Thanksgiving is upon us! We are called to give thanks to the Lord in ALL circumstances, amen?

Every year on Thanksgiving we head over to my mother’s house to meet up with my family. Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents all come bringing yummy food and desserts to share. We laugh. We eat. We talk about why we are thankful. We eat. We sometimes sing and play games. We eat more. Basically, we eat and have a great time. It’s something we all look forward to each year…..well, not this year.

You see this year sickness decided to attack just before Thanksgiving. My sweet daughter came down with croup almost a week ago. While she seems much better now, and probably no longer contagious, we are concerned about the risks involved of going because we have a precious nephew with a compromised immune system. One little cold can land him in the hospital for months. So it’s important not to bring germs around him.

With these things in mind, we decided we would stay home for the holidays…just the three of us. I say that with the utmost of affection for our little family unit. I adore my family. Still, there’s something a little sad about knowing you are missing out on the traditional fun. So I could wake up tomorrow and mope, as I pop our little 18 lb turkey in the oven. We could lay around and zone out. We could complain and moan all day, presenting a stellar example for our little sponge of a daughter, but I say NO!

No, we won’t moan and complain. We won’t wear our frowns all day. We are going to have a great time. We will start some new traditions, do worship, play games, talk about how the Lord has blessed us, and there will be food! Oh yes, there will be food! God has told us to give thanks in all circumstances, so we are going to enjoy His blessings and give thanks no matter where we are or what we do!

I pray that whatever you do and however you celebrate tomorrow, that you remember to give thanks to the Lord. He has given His Son to die on the cross for our sins. He has redeemed us! If you have a home, He has provided for that need. If you have food in your bellies, He has given you nourishment. If you have love, thank Him for that love. He has blessed you richly.

Thank You Jesus for all You have done, are doing and will do! We bless Your name and give thanks to You from the depths of our hearts!


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