In All Things?

by Mandy



                               

I admit it.

It is never easy for me to give thanks during trying circumstances. But, in an effort to grow in gratitude, humility, and communion with my Jesus, I attempt to see the blessings in the trials:

*I am thankful for my little monkey of a toddler, flipping over the sides of the couch…because it means he is healthy and curious enough to do it.

*I am thankful for the crumbs, scraps, and dirt that I am sweeping from my faux hardwood floors again today…because it means that little hands were busy creating, and that we had food enough to generate the mess.

*I am thankful for the anxious, angry or helpless cry of “Mommy!” for 1,257,876th time today…because it means my hands are full of precious souls that trust me.

*I am thankful for my daughter’s meltdown over the perceived impossibility of her schoolwork…because it reminds me that little people have limits too, and that they need loving guidance to deal with their big feelings.

*I am thankful for my tiredness…because it means I cannot do everything, and I need to rely on God to show me what He would have me do.

And these are just the small trials. But practicing thanks in these prepares me for seeking to give thanks in the midst of large ones.

…give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -

-1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Do you find it difficult to see the gifts in your trials?

What have you found to be thankful for in those times?

Email Author    |    Website About Mandy

Mandy Mianecki is a wife and mom of 4. She is passionate about encouraging others in their healing journeys from brokenness to wholeness; in uncovering their unique kind of God-breathed brilliance; and in living in the freedom won by Christ. When she’s not writing, Mandy is dreaming God-sized dreams, which usually involve making art, wearing turquoise and eyeing a nearby jar of Nutella. In addition to being a contributing writer at 5MinutesforFaith.com and God-sized Dreams, Mandy blogs at Hearts Undaunted . You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 Kimberly November 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

I am thankful for your beautiful face that made me smile :) love your heart sweet friend :) have a fabulous day!!!

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2 Stacey November 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

I forget to note the times I am thankful and give way too much attention to that which causes turmoil.

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