Thanks, I needed that! December’s WOW from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power! I’m delighted you joined me today. Can you believe it’s the 1st of December? Where did 2011 go? Whew, grab your coffee and come on in for our monthly WOW, some weapons of warfare and words of wisdom. 🙂

I have a little daily devotional that I’ve been reading out for a few months and I just love it, “Jesus Calling” written by Sarah Young. Well, I don’t know how long it took me to catch on, but for the last week and a half, consecutively, the day’s message has focused on being thankful, giving thanks, appreciating the challenges in the day, learning to thank Him for His presence; it reiterates that thanksgiving puts us in alignment with Him and therefore a right relationship, and it is in this attitude of thankfulness that we can experience true intimacy with Him, even in the midst of problems, because life is full of them. We live in a fallen world and as sure as the air that we breathe has pollution, so does life hold problems, challenges, sorrows and trials of all kinds.

The author of this devotional also reminded me of something very powerful that I learned some time ago, and even shared in a prior blog: A thankful mindset does not permit denial of reality of life’s tough journey with its myriad of problems along the way; instead, it helps us to rejoice in Him, OUR Savior, IN the midst of all those problems! When we thank Him IN them, we will have more victory through them! 🙂 🙂 And HE loves this language of thankfulness! 🙂 It’s something you and I can do that pleases Him. 🙂 That brings a smile to my face, thinking that I could please Him after all He’s done for me!

So after reading for several days about all the ways a thankful attitude can open up the window to a better relationship with Him and open up more opportunities in life, period, I said to myself, “Self, what is it that you need to commit to memory in the heart?” Here’s what I found and what an awesome reminder: (NKJV 1st Thessalonians 5:18) In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (put your name right there!)

I love how Scripture splashes truth and perspective and answers every question I’ve ever had in my life thus far. See, there are some things that we go through that cause us such pain, or grief and sorrow, or stretch us so far beyond belief (I think I have major stock in Spandex!) that we think we’re going to break, that it is near-impossible to thank Him FOR what we’re going through, BUT we can thank Him for other things while in the midst of it. In other words, instead of focusing on what’s going wrong, thank Him for what is right in your life. 🙂 (Whew) 🙂

We don’t have to let our joy, our attitude of gratitude fluctuate with our circumstances; we can rise above it and soar above the trial on wings of an eagle.

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to give a shout of thanks up to God because I needed that reminder!

May you use this verse as the powerful weapon of warfare that it will always be.



P.S. The last twelve days of December will be a WOW rewind as we revisit the weapons that have got us through 2011. 🙂


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One Response to “Thanks, I needed that! December’s WOW from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Funny your blog about thanksgiving to God for all the good known and unknown that He does for us every moment of our days. I was thinking on the Word written, John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world tribulation: BUT be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Now I see this, that Jesus spoke, as saying; Hey guys you live in a world that is fallen and all this ugly exists. BUT, you guys who trust in Me, forget all that ugly around you for you are not of this world because I, Jesus, have already gone before you and taken care of overcoming it all for you. So don’t be concerned or consumed by these things that you may see, I already took care of everything negative in this world. Yeah,this is my opinion, but I depend on it absolutely!