In All Circumstances
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on November 3rd, 2015

​“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  
1 Thessalonians 5:18
​I once had a difficult time understanding this scripture. "How do I give thanks when the bad in life happens?? I'm not one bit thankful for any of that."

Ever been there?

I soon realized the scripture didn't read, "Give thanks FOR all circumstances." It read, "Give thanks IN all circumstances."

We all experience difficulties, or what I call the "yuck" in life. But through them, there's always something to be thankful for.

More importantly, if we have the life-giving hope that's found only in Jesus, true thanksgiving naturally stems from it.

Our hearts are filled with thanksgiving, all because we have hope. All because we have Jesus. 
Today's blog post is part of our November blog series #EverydayThanksgiving. 
(And originally appeared on Sweet To The Soul's fb page last year.)
Today's guest blogger is the lovely  Julie Lefebure. You can catch up with Julie on her blog Real Encouragement for Real Life as well as facebook and twitter. 
​I’m a pretty simple gal, who finds joy in un-rushed mornings, dining on colorful Fiesta dinnerware, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. I can’t seem to resist a fresh, gooey chocolate chip cookie to save my life, so I’m often found walking outdoors to offset the calories.

I live where some would call “in the middle of nowhere,” on a farm in Iowa, even though you won’t likely find me or my husband behind the wheel of a tractor. We love it out here in “God’s country.”

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Posted in Everyday Thanksgiving    Tagged with circumstances, EverydayThanksgiving, 1 Thessalonians, life, hope


2 Comments

Jodie - November 3rd, 2015 at 4:38 AM
Julie, it took me awhile to see that small word IN and how it made such a difference. It's still difficult but much more attainable than giving thanks for ALL circumstances. Thank you for sharing!
Betsy de Cruz - November 3rd, 2015 at 5:55 PM
Oh Yes, Julie and Jana. I'm giving thanks IN this circumstance: a $490 car repair bill today! God is great, and He is faithful, and He provides. I thank Him because I'm married and have a husband who takes care of these things.. Love that scripture and graphic!
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