When faced with trials and tribulations, do you thank God?
We have no doubt that many thank God in their prayers. But can we honestly say we purpose to find the good in EVERYTHING?
When life happens to all of us, we respond with being: happy, excited, worried, gripped with fear or anxiety. And if we’re being real…too many times we respond first and pray last.
Let’s not get this twisted, we’re no exception. Over a decade ago when we experienced financial hardship, we learned first hand what it meant to thank God in every circumstance.
Thanking God Revelation
One fall evening we started making dinner, and the stove wasn’t working. After 30 minutes of trying to get it to work, we decided to call the Gas Company to make sure they received our payment.
The customer-service rep told us that they received the payment. Unfortunately, they received it after they scheduled the turn off. In order to turn it back on, we would have to go down to their office and pay a re-connection fee.
We were barely able to make the payment, let alone a connection fee. However, the biggest hurdle that night, was to find a way to have dinner. Our gas stove wasn’t working. We didn’t have any food that could be eaten without being cooked. And there was no extra money to order in, with two kids to feed.
As we looked at our refrigerator contemplating what to do, we noticed our handwritten note that was taped to the front of our refrigerator. It said; thanking God in everything will get you through anything!”
This became such a motto for us, we created a printable wall art that can be displayed anywhere!
We wrote that note on our refrigerator to remind us to focus on God and not our circumstance. That night, we decided to have a picnic on the family room floor. We were going to have to put our pride aside, and call family to ask for assistance in ordering pizza.
Thanking God By Finding The Good
The kids had a blast – thinking it was super cool to have a picnic on the floor eating pizza. Not to mention, the kids didn’t even know the gas was turned off.
The next morning we went down to the Gas Company. After explaining the situation, God granted us favor, as we were able to have the gas turned on without having to pay any additional fees.
Praise was flowing from our hearts and lips, as we walked back to the car.
Really – after mama prepared dinner. God will use situations in our lives to show us how good He is; contrary to how bad we think we have it.
Thanking God In Prayer And Praise
When we’re in the midst of trials, the best thing we can do is PRAISE God through it!
We may not feel like praising Him with our present circumstance, but our praise will put us in position to purposefully find something to be thankful for.
Our son likes to say, turn lemons into lemonade!
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” ~ Philippians 4:12-13(NLT)
In The End
We’ve hit rock bottom more times than we can count. Although we have lost family and friends to cancer, a home, cars, faced health challenges, yet through it all we’re still here. How? Because we’ve discovered thanking God in everything has truly gotten us through anything!
Happiness doesn’t come from our life being perfect. True happiness is found in our gratefulness for God’s goodness in our lives; no matter our circumstance.
And the best way for us to practice gratefulness is by thanking God in EVERYTHING, for all He has done, is doing or will do in our lives.
~ André and Timberley Gray