“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
It is possible to be heart-broken about a situation but still give thanks to God in the midst of it. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice.” Rejoice in the Lord by voicing your gratitude for His provision in your life. Discipline yourself to recognize His goodness, love, and blessings even in the midst of difficult circumstances. As you obey God’s word by giving thanks in all circumstances, you will begin to see your situation through eyes of faith. Rejoice in the Lord to safeguard your heart against hopelessness and despair. A thankful heart becomes the soil in which God’s peace can flourish. Try it and see.
Be Grateful: Colossians 2:7, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 12:28
Andrea Herzer has endured 17 years of multiple illnesses, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and is intimately acquainted with the hardships that accompany debilitating health issues. She writes devotionals for her Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/lifeforillness) and she is writing her first book, The Way Through Illness, to help others find the pathway to living an abundant life in the midst of pain and suffering.
Andrea lives in Texas with her remarkable husband, Mark. They have three nearly grown children, Carly, Sarah, and Zach. She can be reached here for speaking engagements or interest in her book proposal.
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