1 & 2 Thessalonians: Day 2

We Always Thank God for You

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Today's Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Romans 8:35-39, 1 Peter 4:12-14

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Romans 8:35-39, 1 Peter 4:12-14

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
- G. K. Chesterton

I went to a high school with clean carpets, new lockers, and teachers who cared. Whenever adults mentioned the school and its shiny gymnasium floors, they would say, “We’re so blessed to have this facility.” Our teachers would smile as they paraded us to the library full of new books: “We’re so blessed to have this facility.”

It became a joke, at least between my sister and me, who were still learning the ropes of gratefulness. We’d lounge on the beautifully upholstered purple furniture, looking at original paintings of eagles hung on the walls while chanting to each other in our best Michigan-mom accents, “We’re so blessed to have this facility.”

Somehow, blessedly, we moved from lying around, idly kicking at our backpacks, to being contributing members of that community, and our hearts moved from mockery to genuine thankfulness for the incredible, undeserved blessings in our lives.

If we can consider Chesterton’s words that the highest form of thought is thankfulness, then ungrateful mockery is possibly the lowest form of thought. Paul is setting the example for his beloved Thessalonians by weaving his thankfulness throughout this letter to them. And he doesn’t just thank them for doing a great job; he thanks God for all the saving benefits bestowed on them, and celebrates the evidence of the gospel in their lives (1 Thessalonians 1:2-5). His thanks are, above all, to God.

All good comes from God, so no good can be hoped for by sinners but from God. Paul’s thanks to God are appropriate because God is the author of all that is good—not just all the good that comes to us, but even all the good that is done by us.

I think of myself as a pretty thankful person—maybe you do, too—but I hadn’t thought of it as a duty. Matthew Henry goes so far as to say, “Thanksgiving to God is a great duty, to be performed always or constantly; even when we do not actually give thanks to God by our words, we should have a grateful sense of God’s goodness upon our minds.” We are to set our minds always in the gear of gratefulness.

Do you find yourself in a habit of gratefulness to God, or are you set in mockery? When I consider the percentages of the words that come out of my mouth, I’m definitely teasing or complaining at least as much as I’m blessing and thanking.

If you also find yourself struck by the mockery and ungratefulness that escapes your lips and hangs around your mind, you’re in good company. But don’t just grit your teeth and try harder. Paul immediately points us to the three cardinal graces: faith, hope, and love. And he doesn’t say, “Try harder, y’all! Get you some more faith, hope, and love!” Instead he names the cause of these graces: our Lord Jesus Christ.

All good comes from Him, and any change in our hearts comes from Him. He is the object and also the instigator of our thankfulness. For the gospel also comes to us not only in words, but in power (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

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  • Laura Berkstresser

    This was convicting to me today! I just had a conversation yesterday about how I can be cynical at times in order to generate laughter. I had never thought of that as a compromise to my gratitude! Thanks for writing this and sharing. Very timely!

  • Christina McDade

    It’s amazing when you’re able to realize that being grateful is a duty, not an extension. It should be a part of our everyday. I need to be grateful in everything if I believe the spirit lives in me.

  • Bevvie Byrom

    I really needed this today. I cant believe how unthankful to the Lord i have been. Truely any good in our lives comes from Him. Lord forgive me. Change my heart. Amen.

  • Lindsey Bailey

    A true heart of gratitude comes from a true connection with Christ. I can see the light instead of the shadows. I can try and be more thankful all day long, but like Rebecca said, these graces come from our Lord Jesus not from our will power. Jesus, draw me close to you, so my heart if full of gratitude. May that gratitude be a light that draws others to You.

  • Lexi Sterling

    We so easily complain and mock and think we are at the lowest of lows, without thinking about our actual state. The actual place we are in. And the actual amount of blessing the Lord has bestowed upon us.
    We rarely sit down and count our blessings. But I know there have been times when all I can do is sit down and think about all of the “bad” in my world.
    Why not count blessings? Why not thank God? How many times a day do you look at something and say “Thank you, Lord”? Why don’t we do more of that?
    I believe we would be in a happier and more content state if we did.

  • Sarah Kitts

    This scripture has definitely inspired me to think more about my mindfulness and the thoughts I choose to hold on to and the ones I choose to let go. I am trying to not only have a grateful mindset but actually express gratitude of Christ outwardly more and live by example. It’s something you have to practice daily, not just when you have received an obvious blessing.

  • Kayla Wilson

    It’s so easy to speak mockingly without even realizing you’re doing so. My prayer today is that as the time goes on I’m able to speak with gratitude and not mockery. My goal is to speak with gratitude and nothing but gratitude. God is good y’all.

  • Rae Keller

    I could not have found this study at a better time! I’m going through a season of change now, and there are so many times I jut want to complain that things are getting scary and I’m not ready to move forward with my life. But it is BECAUSE of God that I AM able to make changes and grow in my faith. I will be staring every day with a grateful heart and loving spirit.

  • Sophie Huey

    So funny how I was just speaking to my small group about how an attitude of gratitude is what keeps us motivated to serve God with the right motives (we obey out of thankfulness for what he has done for us and out of love for him) and then I read this! Praying God will give me a more grateful heart this year.

  • Jenneh Bockari

    Gratefulness will be my word for this year. I have SO much to be thankful for. Even through trial and tribulation, God has done so much for me, and through me. Gratitude is the tone that I want my heart to constantly reflect. I know keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus love and mercy will lead me on that path.

  • Robin NHendrich

    I love your perspective that are constant state of mind should be a grateful mind for all things God has created and used us as his vessel. I believe where I fall short is I allow myself to get busy and don’t pause and look around to reflect.

    ThAnk you for this reminder!

  • Sherree Hunsberger

    My word this year is “Rest” in His Word (abide and dwell). I believe through this study, I need to learn to dwell in thankfulness and to constantly abide in gratitude!

  • Erica Askren

    I’ve been working on having a more grateful attitude. I look around at my life and see how far the Lord has brought me. He is the reason for it all and sometimes I’m overcome by His mercy and grace. I have so much to be thankful for and I try to practice expressing that often.

  • My goal for 2018 is showing grace. Today’s scripture fortifies me as I continue my efforts at the “gospel being evident in my life.” It is a daily struggle to change the habit of petty gossip or demeaning thoughts be replaced with the very grace God showed in sending His Son to the cross. Yet 24/7 Jesus showed us the path and how to spread grace to others. If i want my prayer to be sincere then I will continue to work on being a grace giver. In one month God has shown me so much. So much that it is easy to continue even when tempted.

  • Liz Harmon

    It is so easy to get caught up in wanting more and we forget to be thankful for what’s already unfolded for us. Prayers for all of us that our lives will be filled with thanksgiving ❤️ have a wonderful day ladies!

  • Kaitlyn G

    Wow this was a convicting message for me today! I have certainly been much more grumbly and negative lately than I have been thankful. I’m curious to know, what are some practices you ladies have used/enjoyed that have helped you cultivate a spirit of gratitude in your every day life?

    • Hilary

      I have found that when I have a grumbly attitude towards a particular person, that I tend to dwell on it and all the things I dislike about them. I can’t say that I do it all the time by any means, but I’m trying to pray for the person when they come to mind, rather than stewing in my thoughts.

    • Lauren Branham

      Whenever I feel grumbly, I make myself say 3-5 things right then and there, that I am thankful for. I also try to keep a running thankful list in my journal. It helps me to reflect on the blessings in my day and also keeps me on the lookout for things to be grateful for.

  • Rebecca Leek

    It’s amazing to realize the very same Holy Spirit who filled the people of the Bible is filling us, if we’re open to it. And the fact that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from God. Sometimes when I’m among a lot of people I pause for thought; these are all souls who God loves; each and every one of them. And I marvel at His love and grace which is unfathomably without limit.

  • Thankfulness is something that I’ve been trying to concentrate more on lately. Sure, it’s easy to say thanks, but it’s difficult to actually mean it. I have been praying for the Lord to change my heart so that my gratitude is more genuine and not something out of fear or self-righteousness.

  • I have recently moved across the country about 8 hours as a military wife. To say this move has been hard is an understatement. I definitely find myself in a season of complaining more than sharing my gratitude. This was such a good reminder for me to have good thoughts…. I think it’s easy to get in a negative mental web and so it’s encouraging to remember that the Lord is here for me. I need to go to Him for help with this but also remember to be grateful for the many blessings. The good and the bad!

  • Allison Joy

    Wow. What an appropriate topic for today for me. Exactly one year ago, a friend of mine, whom I’ve known since kindergarten or 1st grade, got a double lung transplant. She is doing VERY well now. She was born with Cystic Fibrosis. She was on the transplant list for over three years (average wait is about 6 months), and was given a 1% chance to find a match. Throughout everything, she was such an amazing example of God’s grace and love to those around her. She was given the nickname Miss Sunshine by our 2nd grade teacher, and it fits her perfectly. This past year, I have really enjoyed seeing her posts about the things she’s able to do with her young daughter now that she coudln’t before. God is good! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

    • Susan

      My sister had C.F. too and lived 19 years following her double lung transplant. Such a blessing!

  • Audrey Gonzalez

    Struggling with thankfulness right now as so many things seem to be wrong or going the wrong way. Every time I think one thing has been resolved or solved, it seems like another one pops up. My thankfulness shouldn’t be based on my situations but on HIM. HE doesn’t change and he is always with me. I can be thankful through the difficulties.

    • savanna millen

      Hi Audrey, I don’t normally read comments & I just happened to pop by the site because I was needing some encouragement. I honestly have been feeling exactly how you’ve been feeling. Thank you for sharing because it can often times feel so isolating & as if you’re the only one going through a hard time. Praying & believing with you for our situations to turn around for good just as He has promised! Thanks Rebecca for such a timely word. xo

    • Hannah EliseAcosta

      Hi Audrey. I can totally relate to the feeling of nothing being resolved. But I love how you said that thankfulness should be based on God’s truth and NOT our difficulties. It’s a hard attitude to have, but I love how this passage encourages us to keep trusting in God’s faithfulness.

    • Audrey Gonzalez

      Agreed. It’s a minute by minute battle at times!

  • Beckie Dotson

    I needed this today. Finding it difficult to be thankful at the moment despite the blessings I have. Praying the Holy Spirit will help me to do this. Having just got a new job which takes me away from my family every week having been a stay at home mum for 10 years, I am now working full time, then yesterday I had my leg put in a cast after being mugged in the summer and was misdiagnosed. Struggling with trying to find a balance and now the added hassle of crutches to walk with. Thanks for letting me vent. Xx

  • Great reminder, as I work for my spouse on a daily basis and not always easy to be thankful and grateful for this duty that I mockingly say is my “for better or for worse”. Yet if I am seeking a change in my heart, I must look to the One who is the giver of all things good and be grateful and maybe the challenge of working for my spouse will turn into something I can be thankful for.

  • Vardine Adamyan

    Hello all,

    I am new on this website as I try to grow my relationship with God, I am grateful I have that opportunity to be able to do that.

    The past couple of years have been though, I often thought and felt I was alone. I was angry. I felt that God had done me wrong, however, I know realize that in every aspect of my life God has been there, even in the darkest of times. I know see that I am humble and human and sometimes may not understand why certain things are happening to me but I am grateful. I thank God for the challenges because I realize the strength he is giving me and the blessings that will follow.

    I wake up grateful to be alive. I made another day. Thank you God. Thank you for the blessings in my life. I am grateful.

    And that is the perspective shift that has changed me and I am constantly striving to become closer to God.

    I hope you all have a blessed day.

    • EarlyBird

      Welcome to the SRT community! You’ll love it here, you will learn so much and grow closer to God every time you spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word. Stick around!

  • Amy Alexandra

    Thank you for the reminder, “don’t just grit your teeth and try harder.” That’s something I struggle with. I know discipline is an important part of the spiritual life, but it’s also crucial to remember that I have no strength in myself—I need to rely on Christ alone. Where is that balance between discipline, where I “work out my salvation with fear and trembling,” and grace, where I rest in what Christ has done and allow him to work in and through me?

    I don’t yet have an answer to that question, but at least the reminder that it’s not about trying harder will help me remember to slow down and keep my focus on him, not on my works.

    • Larkin R

      On that same page. I have been in a season of life where God is teaching me what it means to rest in his grace instead of striving and what that looks like. Thankful to have read your perspective!

  • Daniella Moore

    You have no idea how much I needed this.

    I am in a season of abundance. The doors of the harvest have been opened this year and all I can do is thank God.

    Last year was the most difficult year of my life. But in that season there was great harvest in doors being closed shut.

    So grateful to God and just resting in him as I stride to collect the harvest. I pray that my heart remains in a posture of humility and that when I mess up I am not so hard on myself.

  • Bonnie Maw

    I think part of gratitude to me is remembering that God is here with us. He knows our needs before we can imagine them. My task is to be present and open to what He shows and leads me to no matter how difficult it seems. God is and God does…. let that be enough for me today.

  • Being grateful ~in a very disappointing time in my life ~ brought me to Christ. I couldn’t love this devotion more!

  • What an encouraging devotional this morning. Not only was it a great reminder to have a thankful heart but to position our heart to the One to whom we need to be thankful. I was also encouraged this morning through the Romans and 1 Peter passages that we are going to have trials, tribulations and sufferings but thankfully- nothing can separate us from God’s love and THAT is something to thank Him for. Even more so, not only are we never separated from God’s love, but through it- we are to “rejoice as we share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13). Through our sufferings, God is glorified. This was an encouragement to me today, as I hope it is for all reading this!

  • TOTALLY NEEDED TO HEAR THIS! (I also feel like there’s a few people in my life that I’d like to smack upside the head with this! Shows you how far I still have to grow!)

  • Morgan Jeffrey

    Wow, this is convicting. I’ve been in a place of waiting on God, and in my lack of patience I see the things that go wrong and roll my eyes “that would happen”. But he does so many good things for us daily and I need to be looking to his faithfulness.

  • Thank you ladies!!!

  • Lois Wilson

    I’m grateful this morning for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Paul, Silas & Timothy mention here that the Thessalonians believed because the Holy Spirit told them it was true; the Holy Spirit gave them the message and they accepted it with joy. And I know as I head out into my day that the same Holy Spirit will guide my steps, thoughts and actions to fulfill His purpose for my day! And so I “go out with JOY”!

  • Sofie De Wandel

    This is just the reminder I needed that in addition to being thankful FOR things/people, it is probably more important to be thankful to God for these things/people.

  • I am thankful for all of your SRT! I am growing and learning from all of you. Each morning as hard as it is to get up I look forward to meeting with you across the miles and the time zones. Blessings to all of you.

    • Bessie

      I’m praying for you Mari. I know this is a hard season for you and I pray that you will feel God’s presence and peace each day. I am thankful for you and the example you show all of us with your love and faithfulness to your children.

  • I generally reflect on Romans 8: 38-39 to ground and comfort me through difficult times. It reminds me that God is almighty and Jesus is near. All these years, although there is quiet thankfulness in the calm it provides, this juxtaposition brings new light to my reading. “ 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NIV. So with loud gratitude – Thank you Jesus!

  • Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder!! What a GREAT description of gratitude. There is so much in my life I am grateful for and this one little sentence describes my feelings exactly!

  • Caralee Lilly

    In my present situation I feel being grateful can almost seem phoney. My daughter leaving us for a life a sin and harming herself. What’s there to be grateful about that? But this reminded me that gratefulness is an attitude. I have promises to rest on from the Lord, a faithful God who holds not only me together but is following my daughter. I always say choose joy! Today I shall say, choose gratefulness.

    • Amy Hayse

      Caralee thank you for sharing so honestly!! Praying God shows you Himself in the hard, and for your sweet daughter.

    • Brooke Swanson

      While joy may be a stretch in your current situation faith is not and that in of itself is a blessing to be thankful for. I pray for you Caralee, for peace and for comfort. I pray that what you endure now strengthens your faith in Jesus. I pray that your words and actions are guided by the Father and that by following his lead your daughter is shown her Mother’s love AND the Father’s love. I pray for your daughters safety and health. And I pray, in the name of Jesus that she would recognize her current situation and turn from her sin and come home. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    • Beckie Dotson

      Praying for you and your daughter Caralee. That you feel peace and God’s protection on her. He loves you deeply and your daughter too. Xx

  • Jesus, please lead me to have a spirit of thankfulness wherever i go, always coming from my lips. I pray for deeper connection to you, that you would change my focus from “want” and constant pursuit of change, to gratitude and radical acceptance. Thank you for your provision, my health, my every breath, and family and job. What a different perspective if I enter into work every day thanking God for it!

  • Kelsey Reynolds

    It’s so crazy how the Holy Spirit works and places the perfect messages in your life at the perfect time. I’ve been struggling with anxiety and recently started a gratitude journal to remind me that I am already so blessed. I am grateful to God for every blessing, big or small, that he has given me!

    • Mari

      A gratitude journal! What a great idea. I’ve never been good at journaling. I start then stop. I too have been struggling with anxiety. Kelsey, thank you for this great idea I think I will start today.

  • Erica Cosgrove

    I love the thought that if we are living out faith well, we do not necessarily need to say anything. Our witness will be spread without us even trying because people will notice when something is different and stands apart from the rest of the world. I want to have that kind of faith, where it is evident to all I come in contact with and my faith speaks for itself!

  • Elizabeth L

    What stood out to me today was how Paul said these believers in Thessalonica were examples to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. It made me think how grateful I am for the examples God has placed in my life of what it means to have faith in Jesus- especially the past couple years where oftentimes I felt so alone in my “crisis of faith”. Sometimes (oftentimes) these were people I didn’t even know personally- an author, someone sharing their testimony online, a pastor, etc… we never know what kind of impact we could be having on someone around us who is struggling.
    Thank you for the reminder to live in gratitude to God. It’s so easy to slip into grumbling.

  • Pam White

    “Our gospel came to you not only in Word but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” Thank you Lord for the gospel!

  • such a great reminder. my life has changed a lot in the last 2 years. I’ve prayed for change for so many years and to have it all happen at once is at bit overwhelming. it’s good to be reminded that when I’m fighting back the feelings of anxiety and worries about the unknown all I need to do is look to Jesus. he’s writing my story and I’m so grateful he’s holding the pen. thank you Jesus for new adventures and a solid love to stand on in an ever changing world.

  • Terri Weber

    Peace to all of you today. I am really enjoying and learning from your posts. Have a blessed day.

  • Stefanie Lewerenz

    I’m reading a book called One Thousand Gifts and although I just started I see that when we take the time to put on the perspective to see the littlest of blessings throughout our day— we recognize all blessings even more. We can see Him in everything and be thankful even for the hardest days because we know that “in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

    • Kathy

      Stefanie, I love that book. I teach high school and every Friday I give my students a post-it note. They have to write 3 things they’re thankful for. (I was doing it everyday, but I couldn’t afford the post-it notes!) Just that little bit of expressing gratitude changes the atmosphere of my class.

    • Erica Cosgrove

      That is such a great book and had helped me refocus on gratitude so many times! I was actually just thinking of that book last night and wrote a blog post about it. We often get so caught up in our busyness or simply forget to look for even the smallest blessings God places in our lives.

    • Jennifer Lindholm

      I read that book years ago and still write my blessings. Not daily as I did my first 1000, but especially at times when I’m feeling particularly ungrateful, it helps me focus back on God.

  • Great reminder to me today. Life has been difficult and filled with hurt lately. I’ve been spending so much time focused on all the negative instead of counting my blessings and realizing how much good I have. I was really convicted by reading this that instead of complaining and worrying to God I need to focus on Him and His goodness to me.

  • I am genuinely a positive persona and try not to complain too much. But, I made an observation a few years ago. It seemed that wherever people would gather, there was this natural inclination to complain. Whether it be at the bus stop about the weather. In line for coffee and how slow things were going. Or on social media about one political whatnot. People seem to bond over their commisery. I noticed that in these circles, I was usually, but not always non-Christians, that did the complaining. It was then that I became even more aware of the need for me, as a light on a hill, to be more positive. Not sugary or fake, but to draw people into conversations that were positive, and sprinkled with salt. If as believers we go along with all the negative talk, we are just brought down in our hearts and don’t shine nearly as bright. But, we can speak encouragement over others, even if we don’t directly say Christ’s name. They will see it! The difference in us. That is joy. And light. Hope this makes sense. Have a wonderful day sisters!

    • Madalyn McArthur

      Amen!

    • Tahoechild

      Allison, your words touched my heart because I feel that I am like you in positive persona. I want to share things so that people will see Christs’ beams of light shining thru me. For years, I was told that this was “seeing the world thru rose colored glasses” and that was discouraging. But I overcame that judgment and no longer let that discourage me. Thank you for your no-nonsense approach to each day! Xoxo from the Oregon Coast.

    • Mari

      Makes so much sense Allison thank you!

  • Kelly Chataine

    The Bible speaks of praying without ceasing, which means having a constant thought process of prayer and conversation with God. Something like breathing, a natural part of us. This got my attention; “even when we do not actually give thanks to God by our words, we should have a grateful sense of God’s goodness upon our minds.” Seems similar to that of praying without ceasing. Both speak to that transformed mind that we have in Christ. Good stuff to reflect upon all day! Thankful for this Bible study and today’s devotion.

  • Caroline Smith

    Yesssss I complain WAY too much! No doubt that my life isn’t easy, but who’s is? I know that I’m SO blessed and that he’s the reason for it all!

  • I made a screen shot of Matthew Henry’s words to set as my phone wallpaper. I struggle daily with complaining and grumbling. In fact, my words for 2018 are “NO GRUMBLING”. Daily I ask God to change my heart, knowing I can never do it on my own.
    I learn so much reading the comments from all of you. Have a blessed day!

  • Christine Balgord

    It’s easy to get caught up in life and easy to be ungrateful. We are blessed God isn’t going to leave us and that he puts opportunities like this message in our lives to remind us to be thankful. Thank you!

  • Penny McAuley

    This is such a wonderful message this morning for me. I spend too much of my time complaining instead of being thankful for the blessings in my life. Rebecca this is such a well written commentary. Thank you SRT for enriching our lives and filling up our cup for the day.

  • Tonya Cash

    I am grateful for a new day to set my intentions in faith, hope and love in everything that I do. Except my challenges and learn from these experiences with a grateful heart and know all good comes from him… Jesus Christ.

  • Churchmouse

    Sometimes my “Thank God!” really means “Whew! I dodged a bullet there.” Not at all the same thing. Words chosen to express gratitude are sometimes thoughtless and cavalier. I want my words to be a thoughtful acknowledgement of God’s benevolence in my life. In vs. 8 “the Lord’s message rang out” from the Thessalonian believers “in spite of severe persecution.” Their gratitude and trust was not a reliance on, or an assurance of, an escape route – it was a gratitude rooted in faith and the power of the Holy Spirit regardless of their circumstances. Praying that I use my words to reflect the intimate relationship I have with the Lord. May they point to Him, only Him, come what may.

  • Debra Lang

    This is just the message that I needed to hear this morning! After a challenging day at work yesterday, I spent too much of my evening complaining. This has helped me reset my thoughts this morning to focus on all the many blessings in my life and I am now ready to face the day.

  • I always thank God for you, my Sisters, here on this beautiful, encouraging, faith, hope, love sharing, site. I have been blessed over the years, and continue to be each day… thank you.
    Thank you for the walk together, even across ponds, the journey and most importantly the faith in practice and shared, for the love shown and the hope we have in our Lord Jesus, which is firm…

    It is so easy to mock, moan and groan, isn’t it?

    Ahh, I left home yesterday after promising God I would not be negative, gossip or whinge about stuff… well how far did I get before any of that began… No excuses… I am rubbish. A school report would forever read ‘could do better’ and right now I believe that… I COULD DO BETTER!

    A thankful and grateful heart and mouth is my prayer today… to see all… ALL through the eyes of God, to show grace, even when it may be hard, to love when all may point to ‘walk away’, to give hope, and for sure to thank God for and in all circumstances for this… this is what God wants from me in my walk with Christ Jesus..

    2 Timothy 4:5 says… but you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances; endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the Good News, and perform your whole duty as a servant of God…

    My absolute aim today… Lord, I ask your presence, guidance, help, direction in all I do, say and am … may I be all you created me to be Lord God for your glory… in the most Highests name, Jesus I pray…Amen.

    May grace and peace be yours .. sisters this day the Lord has made.. love to you…

    • Tochi Heredia

      I love reading your words, Tina, and getting a glimpse of the beautiful hear God has given you. Thankful for you this morning!
      Love from London xx

    • Tricia Cavanaugh

      Peace to you today Sister across the pond. Thank you for your encouragement.

    • Cynthia Johnston

      Love to read your words, Tina! I wish I could sit and enjoy a cup of tea with you as we talk about the Lord’s goodness to us! I am encouraged by your sharing. I am grateful for you and this community of sisters!

    • Amanda Dunigan

      Oh Tina you don’t know what your authentic words mean to me tonight. The best encouragement I could get right now is just another woman being real about their faults and endless efforts to try to do better. Thanks for sharing and being a genuine perspective I could identify with!

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