Focusing On Gratitude

It is only the beginning of November and already I am seeing Christmas lights, hearing Christmas music and seeing Christmas items displayed in the various stores around town.  What happened to November?  What happened to Thanksgiving?  I am probably in the minority but I think it is way too early to start with all this Christmas stuff!!
This month I want to focus on being thankful.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  God wants us to be thankful for everything that comes our way.  He doesn’t want us to be thankful only when times are good, money is abundant, children are behaving and our health is well.  He wants us to be thankful in ALL circumstances.  How can that be?  How can we be thankful when things go “wrong”?  Because God says that ALL things work together for good.  ALL things.  Even when we don’t understand that, He says it is.  God is sovereign and is in control.  Everything He brings our way is to conform us to the image of His Son.  He uses it all for good.
I am most thankful for my salvation.  I’m thankful that God choose me, rescued me, saved me and adopted me.  Thank You, Lord, for loving me–who was dead in my trespasses and sins–and making me alive in Christ.  

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