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In All Things, Give Thanks

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Lately, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed.  The last few months have been pretty well filled up with travel, and a busier than usual schedule.  There are also personal struggles and pressures in our family dynamic.  Being that my husband and I love to live a simple, laid back life, we kind of got off of our comfortable routine.  Everything feels different…our daily habits changed, we stopped eating as healthy as usual, our sleep isn’t as restful, and I have to confess, my prayer life has dwindled.  I know the Lord is with me, and I talk to Him throughout the day.  However, I haven’t been setting aside special time for meditation and personal “alone” time with Jesus.

One day in particular, I was feeling extremely stressed, overwhelmed and depressed.  It was a feeling I have not felt in many years…like I was completely drained and limp.  My heart was devoid of joy, and I knew that I was being attacked by Satan.  I did not even have the strength to pray.

Enter in, one of my new sisters in Christ.  Through the veil of hopelessness I was experiencing, there was one person who kept coming to mind.  I have learned to trust the whispers of the Holy Spirit’s direction, so I reached out to her.  Her name is Tina and she enveloped me with love and prayers that day.  She listened with her heart and mind, and offered me friendship, affirmation, and encouragement.  It was so comforting to have a fellow Christian to lean on for support; one that I could trust with my bruised spirit.

She was Jesus to me that day. 

Her kindness and loving heart touched me, and through that love, my heart was filled with the Holy Spirit.

To me, that is the true essence of Christianity.  We are to be Jesus to each other through all things.  Not just when things “feel good” or when life is comfortable, warm and pretty.  We are the body of Christ.  It is through our hearts and our hands that the love of Jesus is infused to all.

We are to rejoice together, and also grieve together.  We need to look for ways to support, edify and help each other.

We are called to give thanks to God in all things…even through the dark times; even when we don’t “feel” the love of God.

When we don’t “feel” the love of God…that is when we are hanging on by pure faith.  We can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is working deep in our hearts and souls, especially when we are experiencing dry spells or dark times.

We must cling to our childlike faith, and trust in Jesus through all things.  And sometimes, we are especially blessed, to see Jesus through the caring and loving heart of a brother or sister in Christ.

Thank you, Tina.  May God continue to bless you and work His miracles of love through you!

 

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Thessalonians 5:18

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.   Philippians 2:1-2

 

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10 thoughts on “In All Things, Give Thanks

  1. Oh geez – I was totally not expecting this to be about me when I began reading! Thank you for your kind words. By you having cared enough to speak words of life to me when you sensed that I was in a darkened lull, you opened the door to a wonderful, spritual sisterhood. Love and appreciate you lots!

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  2. Tina, I can’t begin to tell you how you have touched my life through sharing so beautifully in your posts. I truly believe that hearts are touched when we honestly share our life journey stories with eachother. We are all interconnected, and all that we do affects others in some way. Thanks for being such a blessing:-)

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  3. This was totally about me too! Your words hit home and gave me the encouragement to “In All Things, Give Thanks.”

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    • So happy you were encouraged! It was a hard lesson for me to hear and internalize…to give thanks in ALL things. It’s difficult for us to give thanks for the dark and painful times… however, “All things work toward good for those who love Him.” We are being prepared for His heavenly kingdom:-)

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      • Your comments are always so uplifting for me. You help me with my faith which I long for and am constantly reaching out for. From the bottom of my heart thank you. You have no idea how much you positively impact my journey with God. Blessings my friend.

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  4. one never knows what God is up to, but it is filled with some really cool things. blessings b! peace to your family, hope your family life returns to a somewhat normal state!!! lol it isn’t you only that’s had some crazy out of comfort moments lately. enjoy the day!

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  5. Tina’s a good one for shedding the love of God abroad, isn’t she? She’s shone brightly on my blog more than once!

    We’ve been through a summer similar to what you’re talking about – the schedule’s completely different, I can’t seem to find my “groove,” and everything’s feels all wrong. As a result alone time with Jesus has been minimal, and I can sure feel it.

    The neat thing is that every time I talk to the Lord about it, He comforts me and reassures me that we are fine. In part, it’s a lesson in abiding as opposed to trying to keep “taped onto” His vine! A lesson in walking by faith, not by sight; and a lesson in being still in my spirit…knowing that He is God.

    It’s at times like these that I love Psalm 139: “You have hedged me behind and before, and have laid Your hand upon me…Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”

    Oh, oh! And don’t forget Romans 8: NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus!!!

    Watch for Him, He is surely beside you – leaving “kisses” for you. For me it is heart-shaped rocks and hummingbirds. I stepped outside to talk to the Lord briefly. The minute I began to speak, a hummingbird perched in the tree and began to chirp. When I finished what I wanted to say, the bird stopped and flew off! I didn’t know they ever sat! How cool is that?

    And so, greatly beloved and highly favored one of the Lord, go in peace this day. Also from Psalm 139, “You COMPREHEND my path and my lying down.” He not only knows what the day holds, but WHY we will make the choices we do.

    May this season end soon (for all of us!). Whew! It’s been nuts since June around here!!

    Love and hugs,
    Tami
    \o/

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  6. shared. Good post. Heartfelt and straight from the spirit.

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