Autumn shared a quote with me the other day from a book she is reading, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. “While I may not always feel joy, God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins in the action of thanksgiving.” (p.176)
This is timely for me, since lately I’ve been meditating on two passages of Scripture.
“God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes. Do everything without grumbling and arguing so that you may be blameless and pure, innocent children of God surrounded by people who are crooked and corrupt. Among these people you shine like stars in the world because you hold on to the word of life.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Even though those passages seem unattainable at times. It is a great reminder for me to take a step back and let gratitude lead me to joy.
Grace and peace,