“Weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30: 5 NIV
All night long, I was plagued with nightmares. I would wake up from one only to go back to sleep to another. Maybe it was because I’ve been under a little stress or maybe it was last night’s dinner. In either case, I was truly thankful when my alarm clock went off. Seeing that sliver of morning light peeking through my blinds let me know that the nightmares were finally over and everything was going to be alright.
Life is a lot like that too. Sometimes, it feels like we are going from one nightmare to the next. The season of darkness seems to go on forever. We ask ourselves if the morning will ever come. The good news is that the morning will come. Even better news is that God is with us while we’re in the darkness, safely guiding us through our nightmares. God will shine that sliver of morning light on you, just hold on for a little longer. The morning will come.
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14 NIV
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV
This may have been a rough year for some, it definitely has been for me. There have been disappointments and heartaches but this week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a holiday that is specifically dedicated to remembering and acknowledging our blessings.
Although, many things may have gone wrong this year, we have still been under the blessing of God. The fact that we are still alive is a blessing. Most of us will gather around a table full of food with family, which is also a blessing. There is a least one thing that we can all think of that we are thankful for. Now is the time to thank God for them.
I know that lately, our society has gone from Halloween to Christmas but let us not forget about Thanksgiving Day. It is when we keep a thankful heart that we leave ourselves open to receiving more blessings. God is good even when things are bad. Let’s give Him praise and honor, not only on Thanksgiving Day but everyday.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day, everyone!
“I will give thanks to you Lord, with all my heart, I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 NIV
I’ve done all that I can do. I’ve prayed, I’ve fasted, I’ve immersed myself in the Word of God but still nothing has changed. It actually feels as if things have gotten worse. I’m afraid this is too much for me to bear. I don’t know what else to do. What am I forgetting?
Yes, I remember. I forgot to give the Lord Almighty praise. I’ve been so caught up in my problems that I forgot that God has been carrying me all along. When I didn’t know how I would make it out of the bed and carry on, it was God that gave me the strength. When I didn’t think I would ever stop crying, it was God who comforted me. When I was so afraid that I couldn’t think clearly, it was God who guided me.
Lord, You are the source of my strength, comfort and wisdom. I will trust You and praise You. Thank You for seeing me through every situation I face. Thank You for the encouragement to continue to press ahead. Thank You for loving me and providing for all my needs. Nothing is too hard for You and nothing is greater than You. This battle has already been won. All I have to do now is to thank You for the victory.
“Why my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11 NIV
I woke up this morning with so much anger and frustration. I wanted to cry, scream at the top of my lungs and demand a reason for why I have to be tested this way. I suppressed my urge to have a full blown, adult temper tantrum and remembered that God is good. He has never left my side and there’s certainly no reason for me to believe He will leave me now. I serve a faithful, loving God. I may not understand His ways but I can always count on His love. He has everything under control. I just need to trust Him.
Thank You, Lord, for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for loving me even in the middle of a temper tantrum. Thank You for molding me into a better person and strengthening my faith. Thank You for Your peace and guidance during any kind of storm. I know the One who stands beside me and He is God Almighty.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 NIV