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May 7, 2010 - Give Thanks With a Great Full Heart

"Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


'It's easier to give thanks when times are good or the weather is sunny and warm and the birds are singing. Just this morning I was rejoicing in the beautiful sunrise with the intoxicating perfume of spring. The blossoms were coming out, bulbs were breaking the surface after a winter of sleep and everyone's countenance seemed brighter. It would be hard not to give thanks.

But what about those cold winter days? Not just outside, but in your soul. When times are tough, when your health is poor and your situation seems hopeless. Can we still be thankful?

Read today's Scripture verse slowly and let it sink into your heart. 'Always' 'Keep on' 'No matter what' urges the writer. Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character and character produces hope.

I spoke with a godly woman a while ago. I was explaining to her a situation in my life that was always a source of grief. She turned my focus aro

und to be thankful in this situation. "Thank God for sending this moment into your life so you can learn patience and perseverance. Thank God that the moment is teaching you how to love unconditionally. How God is refining you like pure gold.

Thank Him that He is removing the dross from your life.

I had never seen it from this perspective and quite frankly it was liberating. I was able to go through a whole list with God on what I needed to confess then asked the Holy Spirit to open my spiritual eyes for renewal.

It ain't easy, it's hard. Our narcissistic society encourages the "Me" generation, Christ, though He was God, came to serve and asks us to trust Him and do the same. We need to remind ourselves of this daily, every minute really, and we need to be immersed in the God who will show us the way to be like Him. Let the Great One fill your heart to overflowing, spilling on every aspect of your life. DF

Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Dario Ferko

RIBO JD Smith Insurance Brokers
105 West Beaver Creek Rd.
Richmond Hill, ON, L4B 1C6
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