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Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34, ESV)

Over the past few weeks, I have become increasingly aware of how many reasons I have to be truly grateful. I'm not talking about saying thank you and being polite. I'm talking about truly being humbled by the things I have and the people that speak into my life. Each day has brought a new reason to look to the Lord and truly feel overwhelmed by the blessings that are in my life.


I'm not going to lie. Last week was a tough one. I had reason after reason to want to give up. I really wanted to throw in the towel and be done. The only thing that go me through was the scripture above and this one from Romans, 


And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, ESV)


If I did not believe both of those with all my heart, I don't know how I would have made it through.


All day Saturday, I just kept saying, God, I need something. Something to tell me you are here. Something to let me know that I'm on the right track because right now it feels like the whole world is coming against me. I read my Bible and went to bed.

When I woke up yesterday, I really did not want to go to morning service. Saturday was a long stressful day. I didn't feel well. I wanted to stay in bed and wallow. I got up and went to service anyways.


Have you ever sat in a church service and known it was meant entirely for you? I'm not talking about a sermon. I'm talking about an entire church service. From the time service started to alter time, I was at the point of tears. 


Every song we sang in worship hit me where I was standing. One of the songs was a song I lived by in Junior High. It was the song that got me through it. 

Pastor's sermon spoke specifically to my situation. I know God. I love him. I want to serve Him in everything at all times. But the road was dark this past week. I felt like I was blind and couldn't see my feet below me. 

God has been there the entire time. He's been the light in the darkness. He's been the one thing to get my through. I needed to be reminded.

I am so grateful for the things I have. I am blessed to have a roof over my head and clothes on my back. I am thankful to have a job that I love. I am so undeserving to be able to speak into children's lives on a daily basis. 

I am also thankful I do not have to walk alone. I am grateful that people have been placed in my life that I can look up to, that I can turn to and always hear the truth. God promised me that I would not be alone when I walked through this time, when I put some things to bed. While it doesn't look like I thought it would, He followed through. I have hands to hold and people to listen to me cry.

I want to get to the point that I don't have to see a sign post telling me to be grateful. I want to encompass my life so that it's the first thing I think of when I wake up.

Let's not just leave thankfulness for November. Let's live it daily.

This is an old song, but it's a good one.

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