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How to Give Thanks in All Circumstances

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“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Suffering is difficult, lonely, painful, and a challenge to find ourselves giving God our heartfelt thanks.  

We read in Scripture how to please God and what His will is; to give thanks in our circumstances, but we are sometimes left wondering what this really looks like.

At the bedside of a loved one, in a courtroom, behind the back of a once-loved friend as she walks away from you.  

Painful times, and yet we are called to give thanks.  

It is an act of faith to do so, but once accomplished, the peace which passes all understanding washes over us and we are overwhelmed with the goodness of God (Philippians 4:7).

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:20 NIV

Notice the preposition Paul uses here to the Ephesians.  

We are somewhat comfortable giving thanks while we are in a trial; we hear others testify to this act of obedience bringing peace, submission and more. We desire this peace and desire to follow God on this path.

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But what do we do with that word for? How can I thank God for cancer?

The great financial loss? The wayward child? Unfulfilled dreams?

It is here we find the most tender moments in our walk with God. Complete surrender, love and tenderness.

It is recognizing God in all His Sovereignty and submitting to His will, no matter the cost.  

It is recognizing God is good and what He does is good (Psalm 119:68) for our good (Romans 8:28).

Try giving thanks in your pain, and then step out in faith and give God thanks for it.

Being a living sacrifice requires just that; sacrifice of praise.


Father, You are Sovereign, and I step out in faith believing You will meet me in my pain as I trust You in and for my circumstances. I do humbly submit to You in worship, on this altar with a heart of thanksgiving. AMEN

Practicing gratitude in all circumstances, even during challenging times, can be a powerful way to deepen your faith and cultivate resilience. Here are three simple ways to practice giving thanks to God:

Three Ways to Practice Gratitude in All Circumstances

  1. Daily Gratitude Journaling: Set aside a few minutes each day to write down things you’re thankful for, even if they seem small or unrelated to your current struggles. Reflect on moments of joy, acts of kindness from others, or the beauty of nature. By intentionally focusing on blessings, you can shift your perspective and recognize God’s presence in your life. Need a daily gratitude journal? Check out our favorite Ask, Seek, Knock Journal on Amazon.
  2. Prayer of Thanks: Incorporate thanksgiving into your daily prayers. Begin or end your prayers by expressing gratitude to God for His blessings, both big and small. Even in difficult circumstances, acknowledge the lessons learned, the strength gained, or the opportunities for growth. This practice can help you develop a habit of gratitude and deepen your connection with God.
  3. Seeking Gratitude in Challenges: Challenge yourself to find something to be thankful for in difficult situations. While it may be hard at first, shifting your focus from negativity to gratitude can bring about a sense of peace and perspective. Ask God to help you see His presence and blessings even in the midst of trials, trusting that He is working all things together for your good.

By incorporating these simple practices into your daily life, you can cultivate a heart of gratitude and strengthen your relationship with God, even during the toughest of times.

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