What Does It Mean to Give Thanks?

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1 Chronicles 16:4-36, Psalm 107:8, Psalm 118:21, Isaiah 38:17-19, Hebrews 13:15

Six years ago, my husband woke up to the smell of smoke filling our home. The rest of the morning is a blur—calling 911, then standing barefoot on a neighbor’s front lawn while the fire department extinguished flames on the house we’d finished unpacking only the day before. We’d moved more than a thousand miles to this new place and knew only my coworkers and a neighbor or two through brief introductions. 

People were quick to help. Near strangers offered us guestrooms and finished basements. A neighbor brought my daughter a stuffed animal to hold. My new coworkers showed up with lunch, and old friends sent gift cards. At one point, exhausted and spent, I found a laundry basket full of basic toiletries and groceries left on the doorstep of our temporary residence. 

Somehow, gratitude was easier for me in that season. The juxtaposition of kind acts and difficult circumstances kept God, His goodness, and His constancy at the front of my mind. But now, back in the fire-free routine of my daily life, I’m ashamed to say I go long stretches without pausing to thank God. I treat gratitude toward Him like a pile of thank-you notes I never get around to writing. 

Maybe the opposite is true for you. Maybe in seasons of abundance, it is easy for you to remember that every good gift comes from God, but in seasons of sorrow, words of thanksgiving stick in your throat. God’s Word to us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 remains the same: it is His will for us in Christ Jesus to give thanks in everything. 

The Bible presents gratitude as more than a box to check. It is a posture of worship, an active response to our unchanging God. We cultivate thanksgiving in our lives when we take time to notice who God is, what He has done, and what He continues to do. We can give Him thanks in every season of life because His character is steadfast. 

Giving thanks isn’t complicated, but it isn’t easy either. It is a discipline—the habit of turning our hearts and minds to the past and present work of our good God. I pray this study of biblical gratitude will bring you peace and confidence in God’s care for you, and point you toward Him in praise and thanksgiving. We have been given so much in Him.

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  1. Via Cui says:

    Amen

  2. Nina Freeman says:

    I thank you God through all my good times and struggles. Amen

  3. Teanna Howard says:

    I’m just starting out understanding and reading the Bible. I’m not good at it right now but I do wanna start by saying thank you god for all you are doing and what you are continue to do.

  4. Gracie Allison says:

    “Gratitude is more than a box to check, it’s an active response to our unchanging God.”

  5. Aleksandra Zamecnik says:

    I thank God for the people He has surrounded me with and the life He has provided

  6. Elizabeth Dunkerson says:

    I needed this badly. Going through a very rough year and I want to remember to continue to praise God even when it is past me.

  7. Brielle Hagy says:

    In everything give thanks!!God is so faithful and reminds me of that! In good and in bad I need to give thanks to the lord!!

  8. Ellie Boerema says:

    i’m thankful for this devotional pointing me more towards giving thanks in ALL circumstances!

  9. Bailey Jones says:

    Even still, in the seasons where I swallow my thankfulness and instead put on a coat of complains, He remains faithful to me. Even when I am not faithful, He is still because He cannot go against His own nature. I’m thankful for an ever chasing God whose works are abundant throughout the earth!

  10. Jeannie says:

    Currently, my husband and I are both looking for work. I was retired- and he was laid off from his job 6 days before Christmas. It’s been a scary time, but we are both clinging to God and trusting in Him. I have a few job interviews lined up but so far nothing has come through for him. If anyone feels led- please pray for us. We are thanking God for all He has done for us and trying hard to stay positive.

    1. Kelsey Hasse says:

      Just prayed for you ❤️

  11. claire bradshaw says:

    ❤️ thank you God for blue skies today and friends and meaningful work.

  12. Maureen Pagan says:

    IN everything give thanks. In the circumstances we would not choose for ourselves, God is so good that there is something we can choose to be thankful for.

  13. grace pedranti says:

    amen

  14. Heather Clark says:

    I have loved this exact story. I thank God every day for the smallest things because I’ve lost so much. I know what it feels like to completely start over.

  15. Ada McCloud says:

    Amen

  16. Rachel Drummond says:

    It rings true for me that I call out to God in times of trial but I rarely sit in gratitude towards God when things in life are “going well”. Let me always have a heart of gratitude towards my Heavenly Father.

  17. Maia Nicole says:

    I am so eternally grateful that God hasn’t given up on me. Through all of the pain and suffering and heartbreaks that I’ve been through this past year, the situations that I’ve blindly brought myself into, he is still there waiting for me with open arms.

  18. Thembisa Cima says:

    I thank God for the life He has blessed me with . For taking me from nothing and making something of me. For carrying me throughout this year and protecting me . I thank God for his unwavering love and protection even on days I don’t deserve it. I’m thankful for my children , my mother, my partner and my family who are all a blessing to me

  19. Isabelle Hendrickson says:

    I thank God for pulling me out of a relationship that didn’t glorify him and made me question my confidence in God. I thank God that He removed years of shame, guilt, depression and addiction. I praise God that I am a new creation in Him and that the old has passed away :)

    1. Christina Allnutt says:

      Hi Isabelle, me too! At the time it felt cruel and hard, sore and unfair to have a relationship end and just shards in my hands but it did the same-robbed me of confidence in God and the faith I had in who He is and had been to me. I praise Him for knowing everything and loving me too much to leave me behind!

  20. Winnie Makena says:

    I am grateful that God held my hand during the darkest time of life. I take it for granted so many times without thinking that it’s by his grace that I’m even here. Thank you Lord.

  21. Jazzman Roberts says:

    I’m thankful that God has brought me to where I am today. I’m thankful he has currently gifted me the gift of pregnancy and I prepare to bring my first child and first son into the world

    1. Emily Adolf says:

      Congratulations on your baby boy!!

  22. Tameeka Pharms says:

    I am thankful for God’s forgiveness and love. Him giving me another chance at life. Him never leaving me alone.

  23. Ashley Harden says:

    I’m thankful to have a relationship with God. He loves us so much, His pursuit is unwavering.

  24. Dominique Beiswenger says:

    I’m thankful that God is sovereign over my life even when I forget to acknowledge Him.

  25. Dawn Hall says:

    I am thankful that God spared the life of my grandson and after an extended stay in NICU he was able to come home with manageable medical issues. I am thankful that he and my daughter and son in law will soon be moving close to us.

  26. Doris Namagembe says:

    Am thankful to God for the life He has given to me

  27. Nicole Bruno says:

    I am thankful for God’s love and mercy. I am thankful that God has been guiding me and that he saved me from the pit I was in.

  28. Jazzie Roberts says:

    I’m thankful for a God of forgiveness and redemption

  29. Jessica Staples says:

    It’s so easy to let a thank you slip from your lips to a stranger. A quick politeness that has become routine. It is equally as easy to speak thanksgivings at holidays, worship times and the worst of times. I hope to challenge myself to give thanks during the small moments of joy, sorrow, and irritation so that I may be fully present in my experience and walk with God.

  30. Annessya Murphey says:

    I am thankful God never turns His back on me. I am thankful for a healthy family and an abundant life.

  31. Emma Hayes says:

    I am thankful for God who is giving me comfort in this new season. Thankful for God keeping his hands on my marriage

  32. Michelle Coleman says:

    I am thankful that God has blessed us with our fresh start.

  33. leigha hogan says:

    I am thankful for our father who has given me a beautiful life and helps me find the strength to overcome my obstacles every day!

  34. Wanda Woehlert says:

    I am thankful to God for providing for my husband and I during this trying season we are in.

  35. Ejiro Praise says:

    I thank God for the gift of life

  36. Kieran Elliott says:

    Thanks is a difficult thing many struggle with, but glad to still see it in the world.

  37. Maria Murillo says:

    I’m thankful because of God I’ve made this far. ❤️

  38. Heather Sexton says:

    Amen!
    I’m thankful for the good and faithful Father! Without Him, I wouldn’t be here! Thank you God!

  39. Finley Timon says:

    I thank god for the lessons he teaches me daily, and the opportunities provided for me. Thank you thank you ❤️

  40. Jada Richardson says:

    I love this so much I thank God for this❤️

  41. Macey George says:

    I prayed & prayed, begged and pleaded with God for a healthy pregnancy. I was so so close to God because I spent so much time with him & I did my part in maintaining & growing our relationship. Thanking him every single day for progress & declaring the my husband and I would be parents. Now, here I am 20 weeks pregnant and I haven’t spent near the amount of time as I did when I “needed” something for him. I have felt this conviction for a little while now, but tonight as I’m laying here feeling the little kicks of my precious baby boy, I’m thanking and praising God for all he has done & blessed me with.

  42. Erin Garner says:

    I’m Thankful for God’s absolute consistency. When I can be all over the place he does change or waiver.

  43. jayma goodman says:

    I’m thankful for all the times I feel let down by the world, frustrated that my plan didn’t go the way right way”, His plan is always there to show me that life is still good.

  44. Angelique says:

    Amen

  45. Annelize Richards says:

    Hi. I’m new here, and I am thankful to Him for leading me back to Him when I needed to be a part of a community that has similar values, and morals even after I had fall short for so long, I lost my only other sibling over a year and golf ago, and fell very far and hard, over a year ago I met one of my now closest friends, and strongly belive He sent her, (I am greatful) she brought me back to center, I started relying on Alchol and Boys to numb the pain and fill the void, and after a year and a half of His devin intervention of sending the right people at the right time I don’t recognise the person I was anymore, I didn’t realise it at the time, but I do now and and seek Him for all that I am greaful for, I grew up Christan and have had my fair share of trials but He has been good to me and that is what I am greatful for. And my health and my amazing Family that has been nothing but supportive these last few years as I get my life back together.

  46. Tiaynna Mead says:

    I’m thankful for Jesus for always being there for me and helping me through thick and thin

  47. dylana stoppel says:

    amen. needed the reminder to consciously thank God for all He has done :)

  48. Myra Seydler says:

    I’m thankful for every relationship God has placed in my life, even the painful ones.

  49. Michele Clark says:

    Thank you God for all the blessings You have given me. I could never deserve it. I don’t thank you enough.

  50. Maggie Keen says:

    Thank you God. Amen

  51. Rochelle Barwise says:

    I am thankful for Jesus being the cornerstone! He shifted the direction of our family and I now belong in His bloodline. All generational curses are broken and I get to live in the fruit of freedom that He paid the price for!

  52. Mitzi White says:

    I’m thankful for all your provision, grace, mercy, strength and my faith in you, O LORD. Amen

  53. Terri Smith says:

    Such a sweet reminder! ☺️

  54. Hadley Hammond says:

    I am Thankful that God has given me a healthy family

  55. Ally Mann says:

    Thank you, Father, for your unfailing love which remains steady through all of life’s highs/lows.

  56. Chardon Dean says:

    The Lord has blessed me immensely, even though I have not been steadfast in his word. I am feeling especially thankful for my recent deliverance and conviction. God is so good! May we bless others with his word this season.

  57. Isabel Guillen says:

    Thankful for God’s provision of strength

  58. Leticia Nieves says:

    God thank you for your Love, your Grace, your Tender Mercies, your Discipline, and for the answered and not answered prayers thank you for all that you do but over all thank you for giving your Son to die for my sins, my trespasses and my disobedience. I am grateful and thankful for serving and being your child. Love Daddy

  59. Camille Russo says:

    Lord, thank you for this study and the reminder of what true Thanksgiving is.

  60. Sonya says:

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Is something that I need to post and just continue to read daily. Wow. Jesus thank You! Your faithful love endures forever!

  61. odile Godlewski says:

    Amen

  62. Shannen Bozied says:

    I am thankful for my friends. Those women who understand me the most. God has been so gracious to put them in my life

  63. Kylia Van Horn says:

    ❤️

  64. terry hellinger says:

    Tess, God is a god of reconciliation! Continue to praise Him and pray for your daughters ! He loves our children more than we do and is working to reconcile them to himself and you!!!

  65. Cozy Lane says:

    Giving thanks for today – it’s not promised.

  66. Samantha Collier says:

    I’m thankful for everything God has provided me. We are going through a difficult season and I’m a single mother of three amazing kids. Previous parenting mistakes are making me feel enormous guilt and it’s almost parlaying but I’m going to continue to thank God because he has continually blessed us.

  67. Destiny Fazande says:

    Give thanks in all of your seasons the good and the bad give thanks always❤️

  68. Tess Tumse says:

    For now I am not doing so well. My mental health is suffering and I have high levels of anxiety. I was so focused on what I’ve lost. My daughters no longer speak to me and at first I felt completely heartbroken. I am still the same now, but I thank god for their good health every night. I keep them in my prayers and I show my appreciation to god for allowing me another day to put in some effort and contact my girls. I have diverted my gratitude and am hopeful. I had strayed from god and now feel closer to
    Him with the choices I make. It gives me hope that one day I’ll have contact with my girls again.

  69. Haylee Pete says:

    This is my very first plan and boy oh boy am I so happy to have started this to re-focus on giving thanks to God.

  70. Brandi Vaughan says:

    Hi Cathy, I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. In times like this there are no words of consolation. I pray for Christ to wrap you in His peace and healing and to give you supernatural strength. I pray for joy and abundance to fill your life to the Glory of God Almighty and I pray that the Lord uses this season to continue to shape you into the image of our Master the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

    I love you and am praying for you Cathy. God is good and He uses ALL circumstances for our good and His glory, even when we cannot see it.

  71. Sarah Scheaf says:

    I am challenged by the thought of how to pass this habit of gratitude to the next generation. Our family has endured divorce alongside the death of my mom and now that we are a few years removed from the acute stress of that, we are also less-intentional to look for the good.

  72. Brooke Kissam says:

    Thank for for my God, my amazing boys and husband, and our amazing church family.

  73. Cathy Paul says:

    My mom passed in October 2021; my husband passed in June 2022; and in the middle of that a very dear friend passed. I am 58 years young, and this season of my life has been stressful and difficult. I am certain that I cannot make it from one day to the next without God. When I am feeling down, I have learned to remind myself what I have to be thankful for, count my blessings….so to speak. I am so thankful for God’s grace and mercy on my life!

  74. Kyleigh Kimball says:

    I get to choose to see the glory of God in every moment of the day.

  75. Jai’a L. says:

    This was a perfect reminder not just in the holiday season but a reflection of how we should do and feel always.

  76. Lolly Regan says:

    I’m thankful for God’s patience toward me. I’m thankful for His forgiveness of all my sins.

  77. Alexa Diaz says:

    amen! to give thanks is to surrender yourself and give nothing but gratitude.

  78. Niki Sheppard says:

    Such good reminders to be thankful in all seasons. And to say it out loud.

  79. Beth Jett says:

    ❤️

  80. Connie Beers says:

    I’m thankful for this study and all of you

  81. Morgan Williams says:

    This was good!

  82. Erin Contreras says:

    Amen! Perfect timing to have this study during our Thanksgiving season. I am truly thankful for everyone who has touched my life.

  83. Emely Nieto says:

    thank you Jesus! allow me to be thankful, even in moments of despair and depression.

  84. Krista Baraza says:

    Focusing on what God has done. Remembering who he is in my life.

  85. Desiree Bryner says:

    This plan is so beneficial to re-focusing my thoughts and intentions back to where I want them, on God.

  86. Ashley Kerkula says:

    great read! i’m very thankful for everything that i have.

  87. Stacy Barbeau says:

    This study couldn’t be more timely in my life. I’m just starting today, but am so grateful! I loved in the podcast how they said not to ignore the circumstances, such as her relational struggle example, but how to still be thankful, for the relationship she’s fighting for.

  88. Kendra Costner says:

    I have been in a “grouchy” season as well. I totally get it. Thankful for this study and your transparency.

  89. Bria Doane says:

    When in relational struggles to pray for the circumstance but be grateful for the person. That spoke to my heart.

  90. Bria Doane says:

    So thankful for this study and platform. Loved in the podcast the idea of when in relational struggles and

  91. Magdalena Marmitt says:

    Thankful for all the little things God is blessing my family with

  92. Zoe Jones says:

    Only starting today but I’m really look forward to it, already feeling very thankful to be here.

  93. Kara Szczepaniec says:

    To me, giving thanks is a reminder that it all comes from you Jesus. The gifts, the opportunities, the strength, the peace. I can’t do any of it without you. ❤️

  94. Christina Tamez says:

    So thankful Godlead me to this. I just started reading it today. I look forward to learning and spending time with the Lord and you all.

  95. Carrie Beth says:

    Lord, thank you for being consistent when I am not.

  96. Lakechia Smith says:

    This reminds me to only give thanks during good times but to continuously give thanks during the not so good times❤️

  97. Carrie Mulvey says:

    Thank you for sharing that! That blessed me this morning.

  98. Yolanda Smith says:

    I just thank you Lord. For this opportunity to grow closer to you in this moment.

  99. Celeste Sison says:

    I just joined SRT to get back into the word and restore my relationship with Jesus. I’m thankful for this platform that helps me read and understand what I’m reading in my bible. I am thankful for God, that although I may stray and turn my back, that He is always my constant. My safe place. My hope and my future. I am thankful for His grace over and over again.

  100. Amy EB says:

    I think that in seasons of abundance I’m grateful for the gifts but in seasons of struggle I’m grateful for the giver. Trying to remember that when I’m being grateful for the blessings in my life, that should just be pointing me to God who is so much more than my circumstances whether they are good or bad.

  101. Brigett Hibner says:

    It has been pressed upon my heart to share my thoughts from today…

    Heavenly Father,
    Thank you for being:
    •FAITHFUL ~ He never fails me
    •LOVING ~ even when I’m not deserving
    •PROVIDER ~ physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially
    •FORTRESS ~ safety
    •ROCK ~ stability in chaos
    •RESCUER ~ when there is trouble
    •CREATOR ~ of all good things
    •SAVIOR ~ Jesus died for my sins
    •RULER ~ the King of kings
    •FORGIVER ~ salvation and repentance
    •HEALER ~ body/mind/spirit; there will be no second death
    •LIGHT ~ He is the light of the world
    Amen

    Psalm 136

  102. Lyka Santiago says:

    ❤️

  103. Amirah Williams says:

    It means for me to be thankful and state that I’m thankful at all times. To continuously keep a praise of thanks in my mouth and heart.

  104. Meg Goodman says:

    Giving thanks mean constant praise. Whatever happens in life, in to our day to day, in longer seasons — praise Him. Praise him in tears and praise him in joy. God is always working things for our good and acknowledging that is what giving thanks means to me.

  105. Cali Alonzo says:

    What a beautiful reading

  106. Ruth Polanco says:

    To not have an expectation from anyone when something is done or just because.

  107. Breanna Gillis says:

    Love ❤️

  108. Deanna Nunez says:

    Loved this

  109. Missy Csonka says:

    I am grateful that I found this wonderful resource for Thanksgiving and learning how to thank God IN all things not for all things. I have had a very difficult 6 yes physically and the enemy it trying his best to tear me down with my marriage and my health. This is the 1st I have heard of SRT series of studies of the Bible. I think God was leading me to this because he has seen my struggles.

  110. Chelsea Frye says:

    It’s easy to forget that God is in control of even the smallest things in our lives and even easier to forget to show our gratitude for things that we become to expect. This was a nice reminder to pause, reflect, and be thankful for all our blessings; no matter how big or small.

  111. Crystal Groger says:

    Definitely not alone!

  112. Megan Ashor says:

    I love the invitation to cultivate thanksgiving in this season. I don’t need to force it or demand it. Rather, I get to pause and notice who God is, what He has done, and what He continues to do.

  113. Teresa Donley says:

    I like that the books have “extras” such as explanations of a period in history, maps the the ancient world being discussed, recipes, or crafts to make. I always have a deeper understanding of the Scripture after reading one of the “extras” that provides deeper insight into a passage, people or time period.

  114. Teresa Donley says:

    TAYLOR WOLD – I’m praying for your brother to feel God’s love, and to know God is with him in every minute of life. I pray that God will banish all suicidal thoughts, and bring your brother out of the throes of depression. I’m praying you know and feel Gods Presence in your fear.

  115. Allison Bentley says:

    The books are different each time – for example this time there is a section for prayer , next time might be reflection questions and other times there are entire guides like who what when and where. The devotional is always on the app or website never in the book.

  116. Tiffany Leader says:

    It feels hard to give thanks because of the stress I feel, I praise Him anyway and pray for a release of peace over my life

  117. Kaylea Strain says:

  118. Kristin Richards says:

    The passage in I Chronicles was just what I needed. Friday through Monday were hard days dealing with hard stuff. I was emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted by 5:30 last night. I decided to do my evening reading (which is SRT) early and go to bed by 6:30. But as I read David’s song my whole attitude changed. I read it out loud several times and felt my emotions and mind shift to how great and faithful my God is. I was able to find the strength He gave to continue my evening. Then I read the passage out loud again before going to bed. God does change our hearts, minds and bodies when our focus is shifted on Him and Who He is. As Tara Leigh-Cobble says “He is where the joy is”. I am excited to see what the rest of the study holds and what God reveals to me about what He can do.

  119. Callie Donaldson says:

    All thanks and praise go to God

  120. OrganizedGeorge says:

    After 15 months of daily prayer to God to “show me my priorities,” on July 6, 2020, He did. He showed me my priorities by showing me what they weren’t. When I received the call while tubing with family and friends down the Shenandoah River and was rushing home to find five Fire Marshalls investigating the “catastrophic house fire” with eleven fire companies on our cul de sac, I remember looking in the back seat of my van and seeing my children, and speaking to my husband on the phone who was visiting family on the other side of the country. It was then that I realized God answered my prayer that day. My priorities were nothing earthly. Only a couple of photos and the filthy clothes on our backs remained. To this day I am grateful for that house fire. I understand to my toes to lose all earthly things is to find God and He isn’t just big, he’s enormous! I have read SRT for years. This is my first time posting. Gratitude to God is everything. We are now able to share our rebuilt home with others and minister to them however God deems. Glory to God in the highest!

  121. Sarah Marshall says:

    Thank you God for all the ways you provide for me, big ways and small. Your hand has been on me my entire life and I am eternally grateful for you.

  122. Ashley Roldan says:

    Been spending more time with God in prayer, because I know that is where he is the nearest to me. My throat too has been closed of thanksgiving.
    Paid studies is an offering that I get back in. Will pray for the outpouring of this blessing for this community

  123. Kim Sallee says:

    Taylor I am praying for your brother now. My son has attempted suicide 3 times and I know all too well the fear that can grip us in these difficult seasons.

    We know the enemy is trying to destroy him. But he is a liar, he is the father of lies, John 8:44.

    Thank Jesus that He gave us power over all of the enemy and nothing by any means shall harm us, Luke 10:19.

    I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10.

    Father you gave us power in our tongue, Proverbs 18:21  and we use it to speak life to him.

    He shall live and not die, he will declare Your mighty works. Psalms 118:17.

    The enemy’s tactics are now voided and of no effect. You are free, and whom the Son sets free is free indeed. John 8:36.

    There is no weapon formed against him that shall prosper, Isaiah 54:17, in Jesus Name, Amen.

  124. Laurie Martin says:

    Right on time for the season I am walking.

  125. Jennifer Lumley says:

    So thankful this study has started. This is an awesome follow up to what my Pastor’s sermon was on Sunday.

  126. Lyka Santiago says:

    Thanksgiving is an act of kindness ❤️

  127. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord I thank you been through two house fires and hit rock bottom but God has kept me and he is a good God! Hallelujah I’m so thankful now I’m a homeowner didn’t have to pay but God he is nighty my daughter flourishing they said she would never walk or talk but God! He is a way maker a present help in a time of trouble! Thank you Jesus!

  128. Taylor Wold says:

    Hi all. Please pray for my dear brother who is suicidal and doesn’t want to be here anymore. I am lost and scared and am excited to focus on God in this thanksgiving season.

  129. Miriam T says:

    So thankful for this community! Thankful and praising God for His goodness as my husband and I are currently expecting our first child. However, I am in the first trimester and finding it so hard to not notice every little cramp, nausea, and symptom and not be fearful for the baby. Praying for safety for this child, yes, but praying that God uses this pregnancy as a way to remind me that it is He who is ultimately in control of all things- His will is holy and right. Prayers to loosen my fist and give it all up to God, who has it all already.

  130. Karianne K says:

    So excited to have my toes stepped on in this study! I have had a spirit of grumbling instead of gratitude lately and I want to change that.

  131. Victoria E says:

    Teresa Donley praying for you. GramsieSue I am praying for Steve. I am sorry he is not feeling well but I am also praising God his cancer is at bay!! That is a very long time for this type of tumor God is so good what can’t he do!

  132. Victoria E says:

    Heather Schmudlach that makes so much sense. I have felt that way often. I will pray for you. I am so thankful for this study. I need it desperately, I have been struggling for a few months now. Currently I am asking for prayer for our heater, it seems to turn off at night when the cold is the worst and I get the worried about our baby.

  133. Angie Lee says:

    Girl same! Just got married, also a teacher, also burnt out. God is so so good. Even in the busyness, He is teaching me to be patient and to listen to His voice for what He is calling me to do next. Praying for you, your kiddos, and your future spouse!!

  134. Bee Miller says:

    I needed this

  135. Keanah Lampkin says:

    So grateful for this new season I am entering. I’m truly healing myself and thankful I found the Lord again.

  136. Christy Moye says:

    ♥️

  137. Heather Schmudlach says:

    I am excited for this study. It is much needed. I struggling with being content in my job and my house. I need a new and fresh perspective. Does that make sense? Anyone else struggle with this?

  138. Heather Schmudlach says:

    I am excited for this study. It is very much needed. I am struggling with not being content with my job and our house. I need a new and fresh perspective in the great things I already have. Does that make sense? Does anyone have these issues?

  139. Joanna Gibson says:

    Hello everyone! This is my first SRT study, and I’m really looking forward to it. I find myself doing well at giving thanks when good things happen, but I want gratitude to be a regular part of life, even in the “mundane” and especially in the difficult times. Thankful that my husband is reading along with me with his HRT book, and that we can do this study together.

  140. Melissa Adams says:

    Me too Ashley, me too

  141. Melissa Adams says:

    I’m a new She and am so excited about this community. Give Thanks seems like a perfect time to join! I have so much to be thankful for.

  142. Ashley Orfe says:

    “I treat gratitude toward Him like a pile of thank-you notes I never get around to writing” Couldn’t have said it better. I need to send God some thank-you notes!

  143. Melissa Adams says:

    Oh Hope, I do pray for you, your family and your dad. I pray for healing for your dad, strength and peace for your family and for the healthcare team as they make so many decisions in the care of your dad. I pray for miracles in rehab.

  144. Regina Clinton says:

    Thank You, God. May I submit to Your Will and thank You in all circumstances. Amen

  145. Eryn Tribble says:

    Thank you for testifying!

  146. Tami C says:

    I am so thankful for all of you and your insightful comments, prayers when needed, and our awesome God who has led us all here. I am in a season of learning to thank God even when circumstances are not good. When I listened to the podcast I knew God was speaking to me again when they said “part of giving thanks is looking beyond our circumstances to remember what God has done, what God is doing even though we can’t see it and to what he will do”.

  147. Mary Beth Mccorkle says:

    Thank you for your faithfulness to me, Lord

  148. Riley Ward says:

    Love this! A great reminder and excited to start this

  149. Raquel Bartley says:

    Congrats

  150. Raquel Bartley says:

    Thankful for the season I am walking into and the new chapter being written. I am thankful for friends and colleagues, family and church members. I am Thankful for Pastors and this amazing Florida weather!

  151. AG says:

    I struggled to stay on track with the last study but am so excited for this one. I have so much to be thankful for as I just got engaged and am in the season of wedding planning! I am having a hard time with my job right now. I’m a teacher and have been for a few years and it has always been my dream, but I am so burnt out and tired of how the public education system works. I’m struggling with knowing if this is God telling me to move onto a new career or to tough it out and keep pursuing this path. I’m thankful for a God who lets me feel both ways and that I can depend on during this time.

    Sending prayers for all of the requests.

  152. maddie moore says:

    Thank you for the baby boy growing inside of me. Thank you for our health and joy in this season. Thank you for being faithful regardless of my circumstances.

  153. Megan Weyandt says:

    God is so good. Grateful for this community ❤️

  154. Shelby Arevalo-Daszkiewicz says:

    I really needed this. I’m excited for this study!

  155. Margaret Lindsey says:

    Yes, the book only has the Scriptures – that’s why I like having the app also for the devotional.

  156. Jennifer Limbach says:

    Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. 1 Chron 16:30 a beautiful reminder for the days we’re living in!

  157. Natasha R says:

    I’m so excited for this new study! I have had a gratitude practice for years now. Every Monday morning, I write down at least 10 things I’m grateful for from the past week – big and small. It is sometimes hard to think of the first few, but once I get going, I hardly ever stop at just 10! He has been SO GOOD. This habit has been an anchor in my faith through the challenging past few years (death of my husband, cancer diagnosis of my mum, career change – amidst a global pandemic!). One area I’d like to grown in is the public expression of my gratitude. I acknowledge God all the time in my heart, but I need to be more open and vocal with my gratitude among my friends and family. God deserves the public praise!

  158. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I’m so excited about this study! I know that I need to rest in the goodness of God and practice a mindset of thankfulness. I so often compare my life and circumstances with those around me and that habit steals away my joy. 

  159. Jeanie Mclellan says:

    Amen

  160. Joanna Pryor says:

    I’m in a season where I’m finding it hard to give thanks, just recently diagnosed with a rare and progressive autoimmune disease. So its been a never-ending cycle of doctor visits, labs, testing and more doctor visits. I know in my heart of hearts that Jesus goes with me to every appointment, he is with me at every blood draw and he is with me at every test results. Its just so hard to give praise and thanks during such emotional and physically draining times. Thanks for letting me vent!

  161. Teresa Donley says:

    GRAMSIESUE- am praying for Steve, that the doctors are able to figure out what’s wrong and develop a care plan that soon has him feeling much better and able to go home. Giving thanks that his cancer isn’t back, and praying for you, that God will give you peace, and assurance that Steve is in His Hands, as are you. I pray that you get rest that you need in order to support and care for Steve.
    RHONDA — What a tragedy for five people to die in such a horrific way. My prayers are with the families and friends of those who died, as well as your church and community.

    I’m praying for all requests as I come to them. Thank you to all who have prayed for the spinal tap I had on Friday. M not going to get results until the first week in January, so I’m praying I’ll be able to put it all in Gods hands and feel at peace with not knowing a diagnosis until then.

  162. kendria Kinzie says:

    God is good all the time

  163. Tina says:

    MICHELLE PATIRE! Happy Birthday sweet sister, prayerful God covers you from head to toe in blessings galore! Hugs wrapped in love, dear sister. ❤

  164. Emilie Jones says:

    Thank you Heavenly Father for your sacrifice and your unconditional love for us. Thank you for directing me to this new study and hopefully I can takeaway some of these points I learned today and share it with my Sunday school students. Please open their hearts and minds to you lord and blessings to all my neighbors. Amen ✨

  165. Shar says:

    “His faithful love endures forever” 1 Chron 16:34.
    And,”let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity.” Psalm 107:8. I give thanks for his faithful love shown towards me!

  166. selina stamper says:

    How beautiful is “from everlasting to everlasting” just stunning how Gods word is written. Not a word is wasted.

  167. Michelle Patire says:

    Thank you, @Mercy!!! So sweet of you to remember!!!
    So glad to see all the posts today here :)

  168. Ashley McDonald says:

    It is God’s will for us to express thankfulness in every situation. What a powerful reminder today.

  169. Arina says:

    The reading today made me realise again that giving thanks can be so much more than listing the things I’m grateful for today. 1 Chronicles 16 lists so many ways in which we can give thanks to God: Give thanks to the LORD. Call on His Name. Proclaim His deeds. Sing praise to Him. Tell about His works. Boast in His Name. Let your heart rejoice. Seek His face. Remember His works. Proclaim His salvation. Declare His glory. Ascribe glory and strength to Him. Bring an offering. Come before Him. Worship Him. Tremble before Him. Be glad and rejoice. Resound and exult. Shout for joy. Rejoice in His praise. Praise the Lord!

    Traci G – Praying for you today

  170. Mercy says:

    PRAYERS LIFTED UP….
    @CYNTHIA JOHNSTON: for both your daughters to return to the Lord, and for God’s hands to touch them for a turnaround, grace and wisdom for Thanksgiving gathering.
    @CEE GEE: have you fully recovered yet? Praying….and for @MOLLY R too.
    @TRACI G: prayers for you on this memorial day dear mama. May God cover you in comfort knowing that Tanner is in the HAPPIEST of all places!!
    @MICHELLE PATIRE: *****HAPPY BIRTHDAY***** sweet friend! (throwing confetti). May God continually give you new strengths, gifts and talents, and the longings of your heart (Psalm 107:9 ESV), peace in your environment, mind, heart, and prosperity in all projects you touch.
    @HL: quick interview result and opening of job for you.
    @D WILSON: wisdom, confidence over you and your husband, and success for your conference.
    @FOSTER MAMA: praying for your friend and goddaughter. Oh my, in tragic times it’s so easy to hate on God, blame Him, and walk away, and that is the temptation that Satan works so so hard to throw at new believers, prayers for her mind and faith to get through.
    @LYNN FROM AL: baby Banks’ brain tumor, and strength for whole his family, complete miracle healing in Jesus’ Name.
    @THERESA: healing for your household, and God’s grace to overcome.
    @SEARCHING: your friend’s son healing. Thank you for being ever so diligent, faithful and precious!❤️
    @KELLY NEO: full restoration for your bank account, and clear exposure of what was done in the dark (Luke 8:17) to be brought out into broad day light.
    @RHONDA: went back to search for your comment, so sorry for the tragic accident within your church circle, prayers for the 5 families who lost their loved ones so suddenly without having a chance to say goodbye. May we learn to count our days to grow within wisdom.
    @ANGIE GUIMARAY: caught your comment in time before hitting post, i am so sorry that these things can happen at church, very common too. I pray that all these feelings of being overlooked, not good enough, unseen, unacknowledged, unworthy will be uprooted from your mind by God’s hands. It is the devil’s tactics. You are making a big difference and you are a great blessing for the body of Christ. Please don’t let these lies rob you of the joy in serving. May you not grow weary in doing good, for in due time there will be reward from ONE.
    Be blessed dear sisters.

  171. Mercy says:

    I love the word “Discipline” that Jessica’s devotional talked about. The whole Christian walk can boil down to this word discipline. Often times we might not feel like it, but we practice discipline to carry through. Oh God’s grace is sufficient for weak moments like this. Continually, in my weaknesses His strengths are enough. May we give thanks to Him, even when we don’t think there’s anything worthy to thank Him for, may we give thanks before the storm and after the storm, before the marriage and after the marriage, before having children and after children, before the financial breakthrough and after it, before the ministry and during or after the ministry. May our posture be humble to recognize that it is not about us but Him- from whom all, all, all blessings, all powers, all manifested abilities, all grace, all mercies, all results come from! Thank you Lord for the million things You do that we cannot see, and also for the few things that we can see.

  172. Chelsea Keadle says:

    I’m so excited to start this study. I recently had a baby and with the craziness of life and the struggles of postpartum recovery I’ve let my time with God fall by the wayside for the last several weeks. I’m so excited to bring my focus back to him and all that he is doing in my life.

  173. Kristin Porter says:

    I am so thankful

  174. Erica Chiarelli says:

    Praise God for His goodness and faithfulness! It is good to remember Him and I can’t wait to do this study together!!!

  175. Jessica Timperio says:

    What a beautiful start to this wonderful Bible study. I am excited for this one, although I do give thanks in my prayers, I feel as though my prayer life should be better. I just give a “thank you for this wonderful day” instead of actually sitting in God’s glory. And I give thanks for his blessings, like a new car, instead of being thankful for EVERYTHING. I am thankful for this community and this study, and I am excited to grow closer to our Heavenly Father with you all.

  176. Angie Guimaray says:

    Good morning gals. I feel safe and trust to us community, so I need to vent. I have so much to be thankful for and my life is peaceful. I don’t have any reason to feel like I am feeling today. I just feel down and low and somewhat depressed. I am in my late 40s and have not been able to have children. When planning things for the holidays with my family and then people at my church, I feel overlooked, and unseen. Everything I suggest, nobody wants to do. But I am always marking sacrifices for them. My church is a small church with a lot of family and it seems like it’s just a routine for everyone. I moved away for years and since coming back, I feel out of place and like I don’t fit in anywhere. I don’t have kids so I’m left out of planning the youth activities. There are no other couples my age. It’s been on my heart to go to another church but there is not one in my area that are like the wonderful churches I was a part of when I lived away. I hate feeling like I’m ungrateful today as we start this study to give thanks. I am so thankful for my health and my family but today is a hard day for me and I don’t know why.

  177. Jessica Timperio says:

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. May he Rest In Peace.

  178. PamC says:

    Hello sweet She’s. I have missed you greatly. It is wonderful to be able to come back to this wonderful place, this fabulous community of women. I’m thanking the Lord for all the familiar names & all the new ones I don’t recognize. I have prayed as I’ve read the requests, or added my agreement to the prayers of others I’ve read here. I’m grateful to be back among y’all.

  179. Jackie Chicoine says:

    When times are hard I forget to be grateful and that is the time that I should be greatful! God is always with me and is always providing for me!

  180. Holly Woelfer says:

    This study is coming at a perfect time in my life, recently I lost my grandpa suddenly this will be a great way to keep me grounded and remind me God does everything for a reason!

  181. Anna Faith says:

    Thank you Jesus for Saving me!

  182. Brittany Pape says:

    I am struggling with gratitude and thankfulness in this season so this is a great reading right now in my life. Hoping I don’t give up on the readings early because I don’t feel thankful.

  183. Alexandria Carroll says:

    This is the beginning for me. I have not been strong in my faith for over 7 years and this study is my first step in drawing close to Christ after so long I’m so thankful to see so many other woman as well. Thank the lord for the closeness I feel here. I love this!

  184. Maci French says:

    My first study on SRT. Excited. ♥️ watched “The War Room” for sometime and feel inspired to pray and read in the word like Clara. Hoping the SRT format will help me to dive deeper.

  185. Kendall Kosmac says:

    I’m sorry you are going through such a challenging season with medical issues. I went through a season like that within the last couple of years and if I can offer any encouragement it’s to just keep turning your eyes to the Lord even in the hardest, darkest of moments. He is with you always. He delivered me through mine and now I wouldn’t change a second of it. I will keep you in wmy prayers ❤️ hang in there sister.

  186. Cynthia Johnston says:

    Sisters, please pray for me. We are getting together with our daughters for Thanksgiving. I am anxious about it. Our 33 year old daughter is “married” to a lovely young woman. Her older sister is engaged to marry a wonderful man. Both daughters are not walking with the Lord though they claim to be believers. Their father and I are hosting a dinner at a restaurant the night before Thanksgiving. Please pray that they receive the love we are expressing to them and for me to have peace about it all. Thank you.

  187. Cee Gee says:

    GRAMIE SUE- I am keeping you and Steve and his care team in my prayers. I prayed for peaceful sleep for you both last night. Praying for accuracy in diagnosis and wisdom in the plan going forward. ❤

    LYNNE FROM ALABAMA – Prayers for that precious little boy and his parents and care team. Continued prayers for you and Jack.❤

    I had to post before I was finished earlier so I could eat and take my med. ☺ I wanted to say that I do give God thanks often throughout the day for big and little graces, but I have never felt that my words were adequate when thanking Him for salvation, etc. I read the quote below in the Tony Evans Study Bible:(a note on 1 Chronicles 16:7- On that day David decreed for the first time that thanks be given to the Lord by Asaph and his relatives…)

    Here’s the quote:
    “Don’t worry that you may pray poorly. Worry if you don’t pray at all.”

    That was encouraging to me: I don’t need to worry when I feel that I am giving thanks poorly … as long as I am being intentional about giving thanks.

    God bless you all!

  188. Claire B says:

    ♥️

  189. Amber Saunders says:

    So thankful for this app and Bible reading plan! Getting back into the Word on a daily basis.

  190. Linda Gilbow says:

    This study is timely. God has been working with me on my tendency to gripe, and I’m memorizing Scripture about praise, so I’m looking forward to these teachings.

  191. Heather Vollono says:

    Great message!

  192. Traci Gendron says:

    I went back and looked at yesterdays comments. Thank you KELLY NEO.

    RHONDA J praying for the families of those that lives were tragically lost.

  193. Traci Gendron says:

    I’m very thankful for so much. SRT and all of you women. God never leaving my side even when I wasn’t walking with Him. I have been so very blessed. My relationship with my son was amazingly beautiful. Today is the 2nd anniversary of his passing. I’m thankful that God is holding him now. That he is no longer suffering. I miss him more than words can describe. It is hard to describe being thankful during a time that some would be mad at God. He was there with me every hard step of the way and for that I am full of gratitude.

    Thank you TINA, SEARCHING, and Michelle PATIRE, RHONDA J. It warmed my heart to see your loving comments.

  194. Mari V says:

    Good morning sweet She’s and happy Monday! That’s all I can say right now as it’s my last day housesitting, but I wanted to make sure I got started on this new study on Give Thanks. I’m already enjoying it. Thinking and praying for you all and looking forward to digging into giving things with all of you.

  195. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    Before reading the devotional or the comments, I had written in my journal – “I need to condition myself to always remember to “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His mercy (love) endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34) I so want to be mindful every day of all the things I am thankful for. At the very top of my list is my salvation. God chose me, He called me, He redeemed me. I did not deserve it, I didn’t earn it but I am SO, SO thankful for it!! Thankful for life and breathe today, and for this study, this community, for each of you!

    Praying for each of your requests today. May God answer each and everyone according to His will, and may you find a way to be thankful even when He doesn’t answer the way you expected.

    @Maggie Acree – Welcome to the community!

    God’s blessings on you all! ❤️

  196. Mary henderson says:

    Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

  197. Cee Gee says:

    What a beautiful read to start the week!

    1 Chronicles 16:34 –
    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his faithful love endures forever.

    SEARCHING – ❤ prayers for your friends and their son. Thank you for praying for me!

    FOSTER MAMA – ❤

    MOLLY R – ❤ glad you are on the mend and you are smart to go slowly. Praying!

    NANCY S – Good to see you and thankful for the new med and improvement in your husband. Continued prayers for you, LYNNE FROM ALABAMA ❤ and LINDA IN NC.

    TERESA DONLEY – Please forgive me for the typo on your name yesterday! ❤ Praying you are healing well and feel God’s peace as you wait for results.

    THERESA – Prayers for rest and healing for your family and safe travels for your husband.

    Love and pray for all you SHE SISTERS and so thankful to meet God and you here each morning!

  198. Kris says:

    Good morning everyone. As I’ve read through the comments so far today, I see a lot of excitement, a lot of energy for Thanking God. That’s great.!! Except that I am not feeling excited or energy today. I have had one of those head colds that wipes you out for several days, and am still dealing with it today. But the thing I keep hearing from God is that my thanksgiving doesn’t have to be loud or full of energy. My thanksgiving can be quiet and subdued and still genuine. When I read words like “shout” or “dance” in the scripture readings, I feel like I just don’t have the physical energy for that. But God still accepts my thanksgiving when it’s quiet. Sometimes just a simple prayer, “thank you for being here with me , Father” is enough, and He understands. Sometimes just breathing in and out, and fixing your gaze on Jesus is enough to Him. I do think that we can often find things to be thankful for even in the midst of hard times, and we do need to focus there, but we don’t have to shout and dance to give thanks. Today I am sitting at work in my office not feeling well, but I have a big window I can look out at a lake with the sun coming up, and I can be thankful for the beautiful view and for the sun, even when I’m not feeling well. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for accepting our thanks in whatever form it comes in. Thank you for understanding our weaknesses and accepting us anyway.

  199. Olivia Metcalf says:

    I have been doing 3 things in thankful for everyday this year, but during this study I turn my heart towards ways I’m thankful for God specifically. He deserves all my praise! Excited for this study.

  200. Cheryl Blow says:

    So excited for this study. In a time of depression, God spoke to me to write down through my life where he had supernaturally met a need. I started writing with getting 10 things down. Well, I filled page after page of ways that it had to be only God! I b know write down three things everyday that i am thankful for that day. Once you start it is hard to stop.

    God is so good to us!

  201. Chrissy R says:

    I liked how even though I’ve read chronicles before, seeing it in a new way was nice.
    I know giving thanks doesn’t just mean “oh thank you God”- even though that’s also good lol
    It shows me specific ways I can start thanking Him. Specifically stating what he’s done for me, how great he is, speaking aloud who he is and then thanking him for the things to come. Just a very sweet reminder that it goes so much deeper than a “thank you” for what I already have.

  202. HL says:

    Good morning! So wonderful to see so many comments already!
    “Gratitude is an active response to an unchanging God”

    Welcome to everyone!!

    Thank you everyone last week for your prayers for my interview. It went well and timeline is for my to know before Thanksgiving. Will you join me in praying that it will be sooner as in this week?

    Praying for you all but Rhonda you are specifically on my mind.

    ❤️

  203. D Wilson says:

    Thankful for this community. I rarely comment but I read your encouraging posts and pray for the requests. God has brought me to this same Scripture in I Chronicles 3 times this week, I love that! Would really appreciate prayers for my husband and I as we have the opportunity to speak at a conference together tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Prayers for us to be filled with His Spirit and to share exactly what HE wants us to say. May He be glorified.

  204. Lizabeth W says:

    I have been away from the Lord for way too long. While my faith has not wavered, I have not been in the right “heartset” for quite some time. During this season of thanksgiving and then advent, I hope to renew my spirit with what it thirsts for. I am so very thankful that Father God is steadfast and unchanging. While I am not new to faith, I am new to this forum and I hope to find encouragement through likeminded women as well as offer encouragement to all of you.

  205. Lynne from Alabama says:

    Good morning sweet SRT sisters! ❤️

    NANCY S—so glad new meds are helping your husband! I pray for you often and definitely feel your heartache! ❤️

    GRAMIESUE—so sorry to hear about what you and Steve are going through! I pray for wisdom for his doctors, complete healing for him, and strength for you! ❤️

    SEARCHING—praying for your friend’s son.
    Thank you for always praying for us! ❤️

    ALEIDA—praying for you guys as you try to settle in to your house. Praying for Victor’s spiritual need and his job situation. ❤️

    KRISTINE LOUGHMAN—praying for your plantar fasciitis and your anxiety! ❤️

    TERESA—so sorry your plate is so full right now sister! May God heal your family and give you strength! ❤️

    FOSTER MAMA—praying for your goddaughter and her mom! May God cover them with his love and bring them to Him!❤️

    GRETCHEN CROPSEY, MICHELLE SCHROCK, and all others—praying for you!

    Please pray for Banks. He is the five month old twin son of one of Jack’s former students. They discovered that he has a brain tumor a couple of months ago. They are doing chemo but keep having to stop because of seizures and fluid on his brain. He is a tough little man but he is very sick. This is so hard on this sweet little family!

    Love to all of you! Praying for each of you and your needs! ❤️

  206. Aud Gonz says:

    Struggling with thankfulness right now. Feel like new health issues keep piling up as I’m still waiting for answers on other issues. I feel so needy in this season of life and it’s hard to be thankful.

  207. Adrienne says:

    Good morning, sweet sisters! Dontcha love this study… Give Thanks?!?!?! I know we have been looking forward to it immensely! Even though Judges was rough (but still a necessary study), this is quite a breath of “fresh air”.

    My husband is much better at giving thanks than I am… (which I think is kinda funny, as I am the glass-half-full person, whereas he is the glass-half-empty one!) Lord, help me and my sweet sisters be thankful in ALL circumstances… I’m sure we will read parts of Philippians 4. It’s hard, but with Your help…

  208. Molly R says:

    Man is it good to be back at the start of a new study. It’s always exciting opening a brand new stiff book and imagining all the growth that will happen as we crack it open and stretch the binding…even if it is virtual for some. :-) And, TINA, I was struck by the same peace and calm as I began reading this morning compared to the tension I didn’t notice as I sat in the darkness of Judges.
    I love the different verses that stood out to everyone. I was one of the ones stuck on Hebrews 13:15 – fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
    Just last night a friend posted about the actual lack of ability to speak as she recovers from thyroid cancer surgery. I know it’s no coincidence that this is the first day of Give Thanks and that is the verse I am reading. It not only reminded me of how I take my physical abilities for granted, but it showed me how to more deeply pray for a dear sister in Christ.
    CEE GEE – I hope you are continuing to improve. Sounds like we had something similar. I finally got some good rest in last night (after so many nights disrupted with coughing of mine and my 3 year old), and an amazing husband who made sure I was being taken care of even though he was working overtime shifts and not sleeping well due to my coughing, too. I *think* I am finally on the road to recovery, IF I can not overdo it and go backwards!
    Praying for many requests including RHONDA J’s community after the horrific accident, and GRAMMIESUE and Steve and the acute health problems that need answers.
    Have a great START Monday, She’s! It’s good to be with you every morning!

  209. Deanna Putnam says:

    A wonderful reminder of giving thanks in every moment.

  210. Rhonda J. says:

    Praying for the requests

    @Teresa-prayers for everyone to be well in your family, and you refreshed!
    @GramsieSue- I am sorry you and Steve are having a hard time, and him in the hospital! Praying that the doctors will get Steve back to his normal.]
    @Gayle-praying the cancer will be gone. What a wonderful thing at your church plant! Thanks for sharing!
    I can’t remember the specific names, but pray as I come to requests!

  211. Rhonda J. says:

    GM ALL the She’s, so many comments this early morning! What a blessing for our SRT community!

    I am reminded of the song “Goodness of God” by Jen Johnson. He is good always, no matter what we face and go through. Those that love Him will be blessed. I believe that we should be not only living by our faith, BUT sharing our faith, and the goodness of God in our lives. We are called to be disciples, messengers, and salty! When we “sing” praises to God (speaking of Him) -Paul and Silas singing praises in jail, made those around them in the prison want what they had- we can influence by those around us wanting the “thing” we have. Christians must BE Christians. Being set apart, to show the way!

    Another great song is Brandon Lakes “Praise!”

    Sometimes you’ve gotta dance through the darkness
    Sing through the fire
    Praise when it don’t make sense
    Sometimes you’ve gotta stare down the giant
    Worship from the lion’s den

    Sometimes you’ve gotta shout it from the mountain
    Louder in the valley
    Trusting that He’s gonna get you there
    Sometimes you’ve gotta welcome the wonder
    Wait for the answer
    Worship with your hands in the air

    I’ll praise You anywhere
    Praise, give Him praise, give Him praise
    In my highest grace, give Him praise, give Him praise
    In my highest, He is worthy
    Yes, He is worthy of all of the praise

    Sometimes you’ve gotta praise in the prison
    Cry out to heaven
    Shout it ’til the doors swing wide
    Sometimes you’ve gotta stand on your shackles
    Brave in the battle
    Worship with your hands held high!

    Amen!

  212. Kerry Rowley says:

    Welcome @Maggie. I’m glad you are here.

  213. Lucy Robertson says:

    Like many of you I’m glad to move into this season of great hope as we start this study and then Advent. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his faithful love endures forever.” As we leave Judges, I’m struck by this verse of his faithful love to the Israelites even when they were not. This gives me great hope because although I’ve no killed anyone to get them a bride I’ve not given him the thanks he deserves nor have I been as constant in my faithfulness to him. So today I’m so very thankful for his faithful enduring love to me!

  214. Erin Bowers says:

    ❤️

  215. Rosa Fleming says:

    “Only the living can thank you, as I do today.” May my words, thoughts and actions flow from a heart of thankfulness today and all days.

  216. Michelle Patire says:

    Thank you, Lord, for the SRT community – staff and fellow Shes who meet daily to meet with You. We are here together and thankful for the gift of gathering. Although it is mostly virtual, we know one day we will be with You in Paradise, enjoying each other as we enjoy You. Thank you for bringing us Your salvation so that we may be all together forever and always. ♥️❣️

    @Lisa – I do not live in Indiana, but I pray you find the community you are looking for. May God lead you and help you find others willing to study and be with Him as you desire.

    @Foster Mama – thank you for your prayers, God bless you ♥️

    @Munchkin- yes, Amen, our nature is not to praise, but by His Spirit we can offer Him thanksgiving. Glad you are here, even silent hope my smile emoji shows up! Lol

    @Gramsiesue- saw your post about Peter. The Lord be near to him and heal him. May God’s presence be your comfort and strength. May He be near to you and your family. May He help you and give you hope and encouragement. I pray His peace and grace to you and Peter. God bless you and keep you, may you sense His nearness even now. ♥️

    @Rhonda J- this is so tragic. I pray God’s comfort to your church and all involved in this disaster. I pray that this is what God uses to show all things work together for good for those He loves and that it brings unity to your community more than ever. I know God brings beauty from ashes and I believe and speak that over this situation. May you be an agent of peace in this time, Rhonda, and always. He loves you and your community, I pray they sense that. So sad. Our life is so short.

    @Tina- aw just read your comment from yesterday. ♥️ Thank you. God bless you and your family!

    @A Walton- believing God to guide you to your next home. May you not lose heart and stay focused on the blessings He’s given you TODAY, since tomorrow is not promised. God bless you and keep you ❣️

    @Traci G- thinking of you this morning, knowing God is near to your heart and that He is more than able to comfort you and guide you, today.

    God bless all my She friends- those who have posted and those who linger!! ♥️❣️

  217. Laura says:

    Rejoice always,
    Pray constantly,
    Give thanks in everything;
    For this
    Is the will of God
    For you
    In Christ Jesus

    Lord, help me to live in Your will every day by remembering this…
    Amen

  218. Shilo Smaldone says:

    Im so excited for this study. I’ve been in a season of crankiness & grumbling and I don’t like it or myself! Thank you for the sweet reminders of why we show gratitude. It’s not about us — it’s about Him. Thankful this morning for a much time of confessing & course correction.

  219. Kaylee Stallings says:

    That is amazing how you are leaning into god, I believe he will always make a way of you just trust in him. Praying for you

  220. Kaylee Stallings says:

    Amen

  221. Kimberly Z says:

    15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. – Hebrews 13:15. What a great way to start this Monday! I agree it is easy to be grateful when you’re hit with an extremely hard stressful situation. When my dad had his accident I remember the overwhelming feeling of all the love we felt from everybody who stepped up to help. But now that the accident has passed it is easy to go with out a pause to give gratitude. I pray this devotional will help me take a step back. Happy Monday ladies!

  222. Michelle Paul says:

    Good morning! I’m so thankful for being a part of this study and for having a relationship with God. He has been with me through the good & bad, He is so, so good to me! Have a blessed day, you are all in my prayers❤️

  223. Sarah Gibson says:

    “Gratitude is a posture of worship” Love this.

  224. Michelle Schrock says:

    Today, I am truly grateful for the healing power of our Heavenly Father. I am going on a year of being in remission. I have leaned on God more than ever since I was diagnosed with cancer. Myself, my boyfriend, and my family are very thankful that God healed me and we will forever give thanks to Him.

  225. Abby Bailey says:

    Gratitude “is an active response to our unchanging God.” Love it ❤️

  226. sabrinak says:

    I’m finding myself unexpectedly in a season of burnout. My body is beat, my brain foggy, and things that are normally easy— like giving thanks!— have this mental block of effort now. Praying this season will lift soon and I’m so grateful for this study.

    I loved the verse in 1 Chron. 16:27:
    “Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and gladness are in His place.”

    Lord, we want to be with you where you are! Fill our hearts and homes with your strength and gladness and we seek you!

  227. Chanelle DeGraff says:

    Thanking God for this time and this study on remaining in Him with a posture of gratitude, praise and thanksgiving.

  228. BeckyBee says:

    Good morning shes!! I don’t normally comment but I do read daily and pray for you all. I have been doing SRT for many, many years. (Whatever happened to Churchmouse??) I am exited for this study. Lisa: I love your idea of meeting together. How neat! Would be neat to even meet up on zoom for all the SRT gals here. Love and prayers to all.

  229. Lisa says:

    I’m the same. Having a naturally negative view means I have to work really hard to see the positive which can feel exhausting at times. I am learning to rest in the Lord and be kind to myself. He created me, He knows my struggles, and loves me. I too am thankful for coffee today!

  230. Susie Nedd says:

    Giving thanks in the here and now. Staying in the present with a full heart of gratitude.

  231. Mari Gomez says:

    Thank you…. I am thankful for the opportunity to read God’s word with this community. My habit of giving thanks begins each morning with She Reads the Truth.

  232. Danielle B says:

    Lord thank you for directing me last November to change churches. I now see that part of that was to grow my believing friend group! Thank you for those Ladies. Thank you for protecting me and drawing me away from a group of friends that weren’t encouraging my growth in my relationship with you! I thank you for this intentional time to develop & practice gratitude!

  233. Lisa says:

    I am interested in doing the Advent study with people, in person. For two years now I’ve invited friends to join me…they’ve gone so far as to buy the book, but then declined to meet up to discuss. I’m desperate for the kind of gospel conversations that they demonstrate on the podcast.
    So, I’m trying to find She’s local to me who are already part of the She Reads Truth community. Does anyone know how I would go about this? I’m located in Northwest Indiana. If you know “the Region” you’re probably close enough

  234. Denise N says:

    Welcome Maggie Acree! I don’t always comment in the group, but I joined in 2016 and it is a beautiful thing being in the Lords word every day!

  235. Danica Middlebrook says:

    Thank you Lord, for you are good and your faithful love endures forever.

  236. Jess Springer says:

    Father I choose to actively recognize every good gift you give, the hard and the ones that are easy to receive, knowing you walk with me and are worthy of praise in it all.

  237. Foster Mama says:

    GRAMSIESUE -❤️ praying for Steve, his medical team and of course for you. May each of you feel divine hands holding, guiding and comforting you.

    RHONDA J – praying for each of the families; I pray each of the 5 was ready to see Jesus ❤️ Thank you for the reminder of the fragility of life.

    TINA – the feeling is most CERTAINLY mutual!! ❤️ Do continue to keep me in prayer, as I do you and yours.

    SEARCHING, MERCY, RHONDA J, KELLY NEO SHARON JERSEY GIRL,CEE GEE, MARI V… and all my precious sisters who continuously lift my spirit ❤️ I give thanks for you

    KELLY (NEO) – How are you, my dear ❤️ holding up?! Bathing you in prayers Sister, inside and out.

    ERB ❤️ and CHURCHMOUSE ❤️ and ~B~❤️ – I miss seeing more of you.

    VICTORIA E, ALEIDA, TAYLOR, T GENDRON, MICHELLE PATIRE, TERESA DONLEY … all who have asked for prayer (or simply who’s hearts I feel by virtue of sitting around this reading together — I love you and am praying for you, thankful for kinda doing life together.

    **

    Prayer requests: after 11 months of searching, heart-wrenching disappointments, maltreatment, etc…my goddaughter and her mother are finally moving into a home with a friend…but I fear it won’t last. Mom’s mental health has been SO up and (dramatically) DOWN lately!! She was just starting to get to know Jesus after a traumatic childhood and abusive adult years…when these things started to happen. She has told me how profoundly she is hating God in her worst moments.
    We have occasional opportunities to have goddaughter over for a couple nights at a time and she recently asked about “Can you still go to Heaven if you don’t love God?!” …we read a toddler Bible before bed (although she’s 9) and I talk at her about God but wasn’t sure what was going in…Asking God to implant what is from Him and make it grow in His way & timing.

    Love you all ❤️

  238. LeAnn Schmitt says:

    Good morning! The scripture readings and Jessica’s devotional were like a breath of fresh air this morning. So grateful to our Lord for the instruction He provides in his word. I am looking forward to this focus on gratitude– and learning to be grateful in all things and at all times because He is worthy.

  239. Munchkin says:

    I, by nature, tend to focus on the negative and do not see all the good in my life. As I was journaling today, I made a list of things I am thankful for that are just everyday things, my family, coffee, and my job among others. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I need to see that. Lord give me a thankful heart.

    On another note, although I don’t post here often, I am thankful for y’all’s messages and the SRT community. It makes me feel as if I am reading with friends.

  240. LeAnn Schmitt says:

    Welcome!

  241. Nancy S says:

    I’m so thankful that a new medication has helped to lift my husband out of a deep depression, & allowed much of his personality to reappear. The early stages of Alzheimer’s are evident, but each day is easier than before, & we both give thanks to God!

  242. MARTHA HIX says:

    Thankful for this study and our She’s friendships, sharing, and prayer partners. ❤️

  243. Theresa says:

    As I slogged through the Judges study (because I’ll be honest, that one was rough for me) I kept looking forward to this one. Now this morning, it’s finally here but I’m sitting here distracted. It’s been a rough few days in our house with my mother in law needing surgery on Wednesday, my husband traveling 4 hours away to be with her and then a stomach flu hitting all three of my kids, even the 18 month old. Weary and overwhelmed is probably the best way to describe me right now and in this space, gratitude is hard to find. I had big plans for this study but today I’m starting really small and just thanking God for walking with me and for giving me the strength to make it through these past few days.

    Ladies, if you wouldn’t mind keeping our family in your prayers, I would appreciate it!

    I’m also praying for the requests but specifically-

    RHONDA – for relief from your back pain and blessings on your small group

    ALEIDA- continued prayers for Victor, his struggles and his job situation

    LEHUA- prayers for you! Hope all is well!

  244. Narah Crumlick says:

    I am so thankful for this study, and the reminder to slow my heart before the holidays and remember all that God has done.

  245. Amy Bruce says:

    SAME!

  246. Robin Bailey says:

    Lord, I am truly grateful for all that you do. Help me to always remain in a posture of thankfulness in good times and bad. I know that you are always working things out for our good! Thank you, Lord!

  247. Jessica Saenz says:

    Thank you God for never letting me go and for always being with me Good or bad. Thank you god for saving me and helping me.

  248. Maggie Acree says:

    Wow. The analogy of a pile of thank you notes we didn’t get around to writing…. That hit home! This is my first study in this community but am excited to start!

  249. searching says:

    Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

    Praise and thankfulness go hand in hand in my mind. I realize they are different, but find it difficult to separate them in prayer and worship. Pondering the ACTS prayer model of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (prayer requests).

    TRACI GENDRON – sending love and hugs your way ❤️
    GRAMSIESUE- continuing to pray for you and Steve
    ALEIDA – praying for Victor
    GAYLE CRAIK – thank you for sharing about the MT prayer service, continuing to pray
    LYNNE FROM AL, LINDA IN NC, NANCY S – ❤️
    CEE GEE – ❤️

    Adding a prayer request for a friend’s adult son with an unexpected medical situation.

  250. Patricia Ivery says:

    Good morning everyone. I am glad to be reminded of the importance of praise and thanksgiving. Through life I have sometimes found this hard to do in all seasons of life. This study is right on time to remind me to reflect on the goodness and magnificent power of God. — I stand in prayer of everyone who needs God’s love and blessings.

  251. Jessie Fehland says:

    Thank you Lord! “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”

  252. Kristine Loughman says:

    Good morning She’s! I was excited to start today’s reading, knowing so many of us would be gathered here in the comments. Today I’m grateful for this community we have built and the names I feel like I’ve gotten to know through your comments and prayers requests. I’m also grateful my poor feet are feeling better today. This changes daily, so I will celebrate when I can! Some random things at my school have my anxiety ramping up, so I’m also grateful for this community that lifts each other up in faithful prayers.

  253. Tara B says:

    Praising God today for His everlasting love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. May He forgive me for all the times when thankfulness isn’t on my heart. Lord, please pursue my heart in this upcoming season and help me keep my eyes on You and You alone. In Jesus Name, Amen

  254. Elaine Morgan says:

    I am so thankful for all God has done for me. I am truly blessed as a child of the King. My heart breaks for those who do not know Him. Thankful for SRT and all of you sisters! You are all a blessing to me. I read your comments and pray for you too. I pray you all get to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. That your bellies and hearts are full! ❤️

  255. Brenda says:

    Good morning She’s and happy Monday. I have been so looking forward to a lighter study after finishing Judges. My Pastor’s sermon yesterday was on understanding the Bible and one of the points he made was that we have to read even the difficult parts, not just the parts we like or that make us feel good. So I saw the benefit of Judges but I’m looking forward to digging into this study with you all. I feel that this season often gets rushed for people to bypass so they can begin celebrating Christmas. Some people in my town had their Christmas lights up before the end of October. My goal with this study is to savor it and change my attitude about giving thanks in all circumstances.

  256. Kelly (NEO) says:

    “[Keeping] God, His goodness, and His constancy at the front of my mind. . . . Giving thanks isn’t complicated, but it isn’t easy either. It is a discipline—the habit of turning our hearts and minds to the past and present work of our good God.”

    GRAMSIESUE – prayers for Steve, you, and his medical team.

    RHONDA J – prayers for the 5 families in the loss of their loved ones.

  257. Tricia C says:

    Thank you Lord for your unending love. Thank you that you are with me in the good and bad. Hallelujah! Blessed Monday sisters! Keeping you all and your needs in prayer. ❤️

  258. Sarah V says:

    Father God, help us to thank You during this autumn season, and always. Thank You for this wonderful time of year, and for this very timely She Reads Truth study. May the habits and disciplines of thanking You that You grow through this season and Bible Study build a strong lifelong foundation of gratitude, praise and thanksgiving in our hearts. Amen!

  259. Lisa says:

    Thankful for this study at this season of my life!

  260. Tina says:

    Absolutely and categorically thankful for this beautiful read..❤
    My heart is calm, and peace-filled.

    Thank you JESSICA LAMB.

    It is not easy to give thanks or gratitude in those painful, confused, lean, hope lost times..

    BUT GOD..

    He continues what He has began, He never seizes to gives up on us. He gives thanks for us. He sings over us, even when it seems all is lost, He sings..

    Much, much, much to be thankful for.. Always, Lord God, always. With a grateful heart, Thank you Lord God, Thank you..

    AMEN.❤

    Happy Thank-filled Monday, dear hearts, wrapped in love and prayers this wet and windy day.❤

  261. Tina says:

    Morning sisters, thinking of and praying alongside..

    GRAMSIESUE.. praying Steve is feeling better and that the medical team, with the help of God’s guiding hand, have the cause of his ailments in hand.. I am sorry for your troubles dear sister.. Praying God wraps His loving arms around you taking away your anxious-ness and your worry.. And replacing them with His peace that crosstalk understanding..
    Will continue to hold you both up in prayers.. God be with you..❤

    LYNNE FROM ALABAMA..❤

    GAYLE CRAIK.. Continued prayers for you and yours..God is good, all the time. Amen.❤

    TRACI GENDRON.. Holding you so very tightly in my prayers today and in the coming days as you remember your dear Tanner, and His journey.. I pray today you remember him well and that your heart will be filled with joy and happiness at the sweet and loving memories that come.. Should the tears flow, dear friend, know that they are tears of love for one so loved and so missed.. It is well.. God be with you.. ❤

  262. Aleida says:

    Happy Monday She Sisters! I’m so thankful to be doing this lighter study with all of you. Judges was tough but a necessary reality. So thankful that the Lord never leaves us or forsakes us no matter how much sin and evil surrounds us.
    My husband and I spent our first night in our new home last night. We moved over the weekend but the new house is still a construction zone inside. We’re having the floors replaced, dry walling, painting, and still need to move our stuff in which is piled up in the garage. We’re exhausted but so thankful that the Lord brought us here to this little house. The house we plan to retire in. Looking forward to creating new memories!

    I’d appreciate continued prayers for our son Victor. Not much has changed. He’s still in the IOP and looking for a good permanent job. They told him he can continue group therapy through Zoom in the evenings if he starts working. Please please pray for a miracle and breakthrough for him. His fear of disappointment of not getting hired is holding him back from trying, and yet he’s very depressed because he can’t find a job.
    May the Lord direct his steps, give him the motivation he needs and open the right doors for him. Thank you sisters! I will continue praying for you all as well❤️❤️

  263. Courtney says:

    Thanks be to God!