How Does Gratitude Change everything Even In The Darkest Times?
[blockquote style=”box”]To really experience His peace, we must come to Him with thankful hearts. By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth[/blockquote]
Some times when we are in the darkest of times we feel alone. Where is God? He is there.
What is God trying to show us in this darkness? My Strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12;9
So many times it’s easy to worry, get discouraged or even get angry with God and ask why He is allowing this to happen to me.
Even when we are going in the direction that we feel is God’s will things can go very wrong.
In a bible study a pastor was sharing the story in the bible about Paul and Silas. They were sharing about the good news of Jesus and His salvation. The religious rulers threw them in a Roman prison. . They were chained to the wall in horrible conditions. They were beaten and flogged.
What did they do while they were in this terrible place?
They started singing praise songs. It changed everything in that prison that night.
We can’t be angry, discouraged and grateful at the same time. You can’t be critical when you are in gratitude.
Gratitude makes us happy despite the circumstances. It gives us joy. Giving gratitude in dark times is totaling surrendering to God.
[blockquote style=”box”]Philippians 4;6 Do not be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard you heart and minds in Christ Jesus.[/blockquote]
When we worry and get anxious we are choosing NOT to trust him.
If you don’t submit to that growth we will be stagnant forever.
We can’t control our circumstances but we can control how we react to it, our attitude about it.
This pastor was sharing an extremely difficult time when his mom was dying with Alzheimer’s. She was always a peaceful loving person. She loved music and always listened to worship music. As the Alzheimer set in she came to always having a worried look on her face. Her peaceful loving self was gone. One day the pastor came into the room and turned on some worship music and started singing to her. He shared how this brought her peace and how she never had that worried look again. She had a peace come on her. He had a heart of gratitude in this most difficult time.
One friend said to me; you have to remember God wants the best for us.
We find freedom when we totally surrender to Him and trust that He is in control and will be with us in the darkest times.
[blockquote style=”box”]Jeremiah 29;11 For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you not to harm you.[/blockquote]
He always works all things work together for the good.
I life my eyes up to the heavens where does my help come from? It come from Him!
His ways are higher than our ways. I hear so many times how people say if God gave me what I wanted when I prayed for what they wanted at that time; I wouldn’t be blessed and where I am now. He has our best interest in mind.
This song below is amazing. It’s all about praising God in the storm. I hope you find it as encouraging as I did.
God’s blessings to all who are reading this now.
Talk to you soon,