How to Practice Thankfulness in Everything

David proclaimed in Psalm 34:1,”I will bless the LORD at all times.” Noting David’s determination here, Spurgeon observes, “He is resolved and fixed, I will.Regardless of our circumstances, there is always something we can be thankful for. However, I know that is so much easier said than done.

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Spurgeon admitted his own struggle regarding this, “I have not always found it easy to practice this duty; this I confess to my shame. When suffering extreme pain some time ago, a brother in Christ said to me, "Have you thanked God for this?" I replied that I desired to be patient, and would be thankful to recover. "But," said he, "in everything give thanks, not after it is over, but while you are still in it, and perhaps when you are enabled to give thanks for the severe pain, it will cease." I believe that there was much force in that good advice.” While Spurgeon’s friend asked him, "Have you thanked God for this?" be encouraged that 1 Thessalonians 5:18 does not call us to thank God for all things, but in all things. It is in everything we are to give thanks, not for everything. We don’t thank God for the loss of a job, loss of a parent, loss of a spouse, or loss of a child. But we can most definitely, and we are called to, thank God for His promises and the good work He is doing in the midst of our difficult circumstances.

Scottish minister Alexander Whyte was known for his uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be grateful. One Sunday morning the weather was so gloomy that one church member thought to himself...
Certainly the preacher won't think of anything for which to thank the Lord on a wretched day like this.
Much to his surprise, however, Pastor Whyte began by praying...
We thank Thee, O God, that it is not always like this.  

That is what blessing the Lord at all times and giving thanks in all things is all about--finding something to sincerely thank the Lord for. I recommend making a list of things you can thank God for. If you have a touch of writers block, here are some ideas to get started: 
Thank You God for blessing me with...
* His promises throughout Scripture
* Salvation, His indwelling Holy Spirit
* The favorite people in your life
* His provisions (Home, food, clothes, job, etc.)
* Your church
* The blessings of your day and week
* Things God spared you from—keeping you from a trial or a far worse trial
* Things He’s teaching you in the Bible and through others
...really anyone or anything, that if it were gone tomorrow you'd be sad to see it go--that  would be a great item to put on your list to thank God for. And as you look back on that list you will be encouraged how abundantly God has blessed you and loves you. 

Question for you: What you would add to the list of things to thank God for when you’re out of ideas? 

 

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20 comments:

  1. So many things to be thankful for! When I start holding a pity party for myself, I remind myself and give thanks, even for the smallest things that are going right in my life. Mostly, I'm thankful that God even listens to me and cared enough to give me salvation through His Son. Great post! (Visiting from Faith Filled Friday linkup.)

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    1. I agree, Laura! There are so many things to be thankful for. Yes, so thankful that God hears us too, and has blessed us with the free gift of salvation. We were just talking yesterday in my ladies Bible study group what a comfort it is to know that God hears us. Yesterday we discussed Psalm 34:15, "The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry." What a precious promise! God bless you abundantly!

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  2. This post is so timely for me. I am actually studying Psalms 34 this week with a group of friends. I am going to share your post with them. So glad I was linked up after you over at Faith-Filled Friday. :)

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    1. So glad to hear this was timely for you. I love when God does that! How amazing we are both studying Psalm 34 right now. I'm currently taking the ladies Bible study group at my church through Psalm 34--studying it, while also memorizing it. It has been such a blessing! It is such a rich Psalm, as I know you know. God bless you richly!

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  3. I'm glad to have read your post today. Grateful for God's protection even when we are completely unaware. I was your neighbor at Womanhood With Purpose.

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    1. Thanks! Oh, such a great reason to give thanks! "Grateful for God's protection even when we are completely unaware." I imagine when we get to heaven we may discover how many instances God protected us and spared us when we had no idea what could have been. God bless you tremendously!

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  4. It is really good to be thankful for all the blessings we get each day. This way, we are looking at the good side all the time. Saw your blog from MMM Link Up!

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    1. I agree, Kareen! It is really good to be thankful for all the blessings we get each day. This way, we are looking at the good side all the time." God bless you exceedingly!

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  5. Thank you so much for the reminder!!! Your words are so true, that it is not always easy to see the good in each circumstance, but you can still thank God for so many things. I came over from Mommy Moments.

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    1. You're so welcome, Bobby! So glad you visited! God bless you richly!

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  6. One of my favorite things about November is all the reminders to be grateful. Thanks, Brooke, for sharing this; we can always find more and new things to thank God for if we'll keep our eyes open. His grace is never-ending.

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    1. Mine too, Lisa! "One of my favorite things about November is all the reminders to be grateful." It is such a refreshing change after Halloween. I agree the key is to keep our eyes open to the blessings God has put in our life. They are there. Like His mercies, I'd say the blessings He graciously bestows in our life are "new every morning." I will take your advice and make a special effort to keep my eyes open to those blessings, looking for "more and new things to thank God for". God bless you tremendously!

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  7. Even when we run out of "things" sometimes to thank Him for, I'd say I would thank Him for His presence each day because it is new and never-ending. Such a great reminder to give thanks in "all" things, Brooke!

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Yes, I agree His ever-presence is such a comfort and so worthy of our thanks. God bless you mightily!

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  8. Love it! We should be thankful because God has truly blessed us.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless.

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! I agree, God gives us so many reasons to be thankful. God bless you mightily!

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  9. This is such a great reminder, Brooke! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks, Summer! Glad this blessed you! God bless you immensely!

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  10. A wonderful perspective - thanks for the great reminder!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Thanks, Joan! Glad you enjoyed this! God bless you extraordinarily!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!