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
Do you find it difficult to see the gifts in your trials?
What have you found to be thankful for in those times?