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Giving Thanks During My Storm

I seem to be having a month of questioning answered prayers and hope.

I'm a very positive and optimistic person, but I've had several hopes and prayers lately that have led to disappointment. I see Facebook status about answered prayers, hear conversations on answered prayers, and wonder when will mine be answered?
I had this conversation with a girlfriend of mine yesterday and she expressed she had been feeling the same lately. It just so happened that she had read a devotional that morning which talked about answered prayers during our storms. She asked me if I thank God for the struggles in my life. No, was my reply. I had never thought of thanking God for the rough times, but it makes sense that I should - it's an act in faith. He wants us to learn to walk by faith and not by sight - to have faith during the confusing times. Let's be honest, it's not easy to give thanks during devastation, heartache, or when we feel like our world is caving in. But God wants us to give thanks and remember that He is in control and has not abandoned us. Life is full of situations and someday I will see His plan, but until then I need to give thanks for His promise. He really does understand our pain - I had to remind myself that Jesus lived this life and is acquainted with every situation that I face. He knows rejection, grief, disappointment, hurt, temptation, and loss. I am to give thanks in all circumstances and be a faithful steward of all the life that surrounds me.

1 Thessalonians 5:18English Standard Version (ESV)
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
English Standard Version (ESV)

Peace, Love & Hugs!

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