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Daily Devotional • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  -  1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
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In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

In every circumstance, there is something to be thankful for.

Whenever we are tempted to grumble and complain, we should immediately go to the Lord and talk to Him about it.

While He does not want us to bottle up our emotions, we shouldn’t allow complaints and feelings to drive our actions and mindset.

Consciously choosing to let go of our murmurings and instead giving thanks causes a powerful shift to take place in our heart and mind!

Trust the Lord enough to be consistently open with Him.

Don’t wait until you are drained and discouraged before coming to Him.

The longer we allow our words and thoughts to dwell on complaining, the more upset we become.

When you pour them out to the Lord instead, He is able to exchange what is bothering you with a song of thankfulness. In addition, you can also thank Him for what a wonderful listener He is!

Showing gratitude even in the midst of tough circumstances will help your heart to be in a position to receive God’s joy and peace that transcends understanding.

At any moment you thank Him, you are assuming your proper stance as a child of God!

TODAY: Choose to have a thankful heart. If there comes a moment where you struggle, take a moment to meditate on God’s goodness and who He is: the author of your life! He is your redeemer, healer, savior, protector, best friend, provider, beloved and lover of your soul! No matter what happens in life, He is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving!

“Heavenly Father, thank you for this day you have made. Help me to show gratitude even in tough circumstances and thank you for being a wonderful listener when I pour out my heart to you. Exchange my complaints for your song of thanksgiving! Amen.”

With Love,
Sarah Sherstad

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