All posts tagged 1 Thessalonians 5:18

On Saying Thank You

“Tell everyone you meet, ‘thank you.’” Not a bad idea, but it wasn’t mine. As I sat in my pink chair praying about an upcoming trip, that sentence popped into my mind. Since no one else was home, obviously, it came from God. Easy. I could do that. But I thought the message silly. I […]

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But I Didn’t Want That Past

Some friends and I have been discussing the past today and more than one grew up with an alcoholic parent. In the midst of our discussion, I reminded them of this: “It’s no surprise to God what family we’ve been born into. He knew what he was doing when he put me in the family he […]

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Choosing to Give Thanks–Even in the Hard Things

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” That verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 often trips people up and makes them want to argue instead of give thanks. “God can’t possibly mean for me to be thankful for _________________ (feel free to fill in your own blank.) […]

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Shame on Me? No, Thanks.

I spent the weekend at a retreat where I was a one-hour seminar speaker, talking about “Turning the Prism: Looking at the Circumstances of Your life Through God’s Lens.” I’ll be posting excerpts here the rest of the week. Prior to speaking, I prayed, reviewed my notes and then realized a negative example I’d used […]

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