I’m learning anew to give thanks in all circumstances – in ALL circumstances.
No matter how rough, how tough your life may be right now, I can guarantee there is SOMETHING for which you can be thankful!
Yes, we are commanded to present our requests to God and not be anxious about anything, but we are to do such alongside thanksgiving.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing this week – presenting my requests and the circumstances needing God’s divine touch and miraculous breakthrough – while giving thanks, too.
I have, after all, so much to be thankful for.
As you may know, if you are a long Living Shalom blog reader, I just passed my 4th year authoring this blog. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! Thank you to all you who have stuck with me over the 4 years!
But as you may also know as a long time reader, I have not blogged much the past year.
Well, I got married last August and life’s been one more whirlwind ever since. (We actually just celebrated our 1 year anniversary over a wonderful, restful weekend at the beach.)
Within 6 weeks of our marriage, we moved to California. We have moved 6 more times since – for a total of 8 times since tying the knot. (It’s hard to find permanent housing in the Bay Area; we did not have a permanent residence until we’d been here for 7 months!)
Not only have we moved a lot the past nearly 12 months, I’ve also had 4 jobs since moving here. Yep. 4. Apparently the Bay is known both for its plethora of jobs as well as the hardness of landing something for the long term. There is lots of competition here for jobs and the mindset is not always one of permanency on both the employer and employee side. So I’ve had some jobs, but none were the right long-term fit prior this one. But this new one I started last month seems just right.
Also, during this transitional season, my husband finished his business degree, started teaching at a new dance studio, and got a job here, too.
Between all the moving and job changes, you might imagine there has not been much left for blogging!
Nevertheless, you know what? I marvel with gratitude at how faithful God has been to us.
Not even ONCE have we ever had to sleep in our car or gone without food.
And even though my job changes have been stressful at times, I can honestly say I enjoyed the work I did in all of the jobs, no matter how temporary they were.
I am so thankful indeed that we are now blessed with:
- Jobs we enjoy that use our skill set and interests
- An apartment in a place that is hard to find such, and in a great location and reasonable price for the area
- A new Bible church home with a pastor who gives expository sermons
- My husband’s completed degree
- My husband’s growing dance business and precious dance partner who has become a personal friend
- And so much more!
I firmly believe God led us to California – no matter how crazy it seemed that we head this way so soon after getting married. And yet, time and again, He has been providing. When one of my jobs ended the next would start an average of just 2 weeks later!
My husband and I just celebrated our 1 year anniversary over a wonderful weekend trip to the beach! There was much to celebrate and be thankful for after so many transitions during our first year of marriage together!
So, dear friend, when things seem tough, rough, and ever shifting – guess what? We have a choice. We can be anxious, or we can choose not to and choose rather to submit our requests to God with thanksgiving. (Phil. 4:6-8)
What will you choose? Will you choose to give thanks?
I’d love to hear in the comments the things for which you are thankful!