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  • Tracy Hagler

Thankfulness in all circumstances. But How?

This shows a picture of an imperfect family seeking a holy, worthy and perfect God. We realize that we are not worthy because of how perfect we can be. We are only worthy because of the blood of Jesus. He wants our hearts! He wants to shape, mold and take out the hardness of our hearts. It's not an easy process and it might even hurt some but it will all be worth it. God says he works all things for our good, even the hard things!

The past two years have been a really hard season for our family. At times I have found myself complaining and I remember reading in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. In the beginning of this season it was so hard and overwhelming. I thought how can you be thankful in all circumstances? Because I will be honest, there were times that I didn't feel thankful for the situations that we were dealing with. As a 37 year old woman who has been through divorce, loss and chronic illness, at times I didn't know if I would make it through. Somehow in the midst of my grief, anger, and sadness the Lord stripped me of everything. There I was like a child and step by step he walked me through things that I thought I wouldn’t make it through. All these years that I thought I could control the outcome of circumstances, had come to an end. I quickly realized that I had control of nothing. God accepted me fully in my broken state of repentance. He gave me time to grieve when other people said to be tough and get over it. He showed me how to lament and weep in his presence. Through this process I have been greatly humbled. I am more thankful for the very small things in life now. Just sitting on the couch and watching a movie with the people that I love brings me pure gratification and thankfulness. He is slowly teaching me how to be thankful in all circumstances. I guess it has taken me losing things to see the importance of being grateful for the small things In life. At the end of the day, it’s the small things that really are the most important.

I definitely haven’t gotten it all together but through my suffering I have found a faithful Father who I have also found to be trustworthy. A Father who is loving, who knows that we are a fallen people in a fallen world. He knows our imperfections despite our greatest desire to do His will. We are all sinners in need of His grace. This loving Father sent His son to die on a cross and to rise again on the third day to save us from our sins and to show His love for us. I’ve found His patience and kindness to be unrelenting. So today, I can say I'm thankful for this season of suffering, only because of what the Holy Spirit has taught me through the eyes of suffering. I have found a greater faith and a stronger perseverance in this dark valley. I guess some things can only be learned in brokenness.

We are all in different seasons of life, with different circumstances but we were meant to do life together, to suffer with one another and to rejoice with one another! To be thankful for others blessings even if our circumstances are hard. Our sinful fleshy heart is naturally selfish. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to produce good fruit. So today I am thankful that He hasn't given up on me and He is still working in my heart. I think something happens in the heavens when we send up praises of thanksgiving even when our life is falling down all around us! We can also receive a joy and a peace that surpasses all understanding when we rely on and trust in God and not our circumstances.

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