I Choose Thanksgiving

Thank God in the good times. Thank God in the bad times. Thank the Lord in all circumstances, in the name of Jesus Christ!

Today is Thanksgiving. As you take the time to reflect on Thanksgiving today, what are some of the things that you are thankful to God for?

For me, I am thankful to God for many things, such as a roof over my head, that God provided me with a job recently, my friends, and my family. But, the one thing that I am most thankful to God for and that I do not take for granted is my health. 

~”Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”~Ephesians 5:20, ESV~ 

the one thing that I am most thankful to God for and that I do not take for granted is my health. 

Recently, I had to go to the hospital for circumstances surrounding my physical and mental health. I had a panic attack and had to be taken to the hospital. 

I was in the hospital for seven days. For the time that I was in the hospital, I could not write in my journal. Now, as a child of God diagnosed with Bi Polar Disorder, this was very difficult for me. In the midst of the hardship that I faced surrounding this circumstance, God taught me a different coping skill: Reading Scripture out loud as I pray over myself. 

During the time that I read Scripture out loud in the hospital, I began to thank the Lord. I thanked the Lord for leading me to go to the hospital. I thanked the Lord for the doctors and hospital staff. I thanked the Lord for the food to eat, the clothes that I wore, and the medication that I took while at the hospital. I thanked God for my friends from church that were there for me during the time that I was in the hospital as they covered me with prayer and phone called me. 

On the day that I departed from the hospital, I thanked God for my mental and physical health. Even if God chose to not take care of my physical and mental health needs, He is still sovereign and He is still good. Even if God let me have the ability to choose if I wanted to write out my prayer requests in my journal as opposed to doing what I did while in the hospital (pray out loud), God is still sovereign and He is still good. Even if God wanted me to stay in the hospital for longer than I petitioned God to release me (I was only in the hospital for seven days), God is still sovereign and still good. 

~”Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”~1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV~ 

I learned from this most recent experience to thank God in all circumstances. This does not mean that I only thank the Lord in the good circumstances and not in the bad circumstances. I choose to thank the Lord in both the good and the bad circumstances because He is still good and He is still sovereign. I choose to thank the Lord. I choose thanksgiving. 

I learned from this most recent experience to thank God in all circumstances. 

What about you? Are you willing to thank God in all circumstances? Are you ready to take that next step? What are you thankful to God for this Thanksgiving? Good and bad? May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ cover you, from my household to your household. God bless you!  

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Sarah Dickens
Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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