Being thankful…when you don’t feel like being thankful.

Thanksgiving.

Bring on the turkey and football…

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, food, football, and the end of fall.

Oh yeah, it’s also about giving thanks.

Chances are good that you haven’t had the “perfect year.”

And, you may be heading into this week feeling the weight of expectations, bad decisions, unemployment, busyness, broken relationships, personal failure, depression, tragedy, or any number of things that make you feel like anything but being thankful.

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It doesn’t have to be that way…

God doesn’t promise to make your life easy or take all of your problems away, but He does promise you His presence, and His peace.

He’s not hiding from you.  He’s not standing back watching you wrestle with life.

He’s right there next to you, saying, “No matter what happens…be thankful.”

(I Thessalonians 5:18)

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How is that even possible?

How can you be thankful when bad stuff happens?

How can you be thankful when you don’t feel like being thankful?

Here’s the short answer…

Choose joy.  Never stop praying.  No matter what happens…always be thankful.

Because when you do that, you will experience God’s peace.  You’ll know He’s right there with you.

And, that is something you can always be thankful for…even when you don’t feel like being thankful.

“Always be full of joy in the Lord.  I say it again-rejoice!  Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:4, 6-7)  (NLT)

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