May 21, 2017
Soul Food Sundays…Encouragement for the SOUL
What are you thankful for? Being thankful isn’t something we should only reserve until Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, or a Birthday, or when we feel we are at a good point in our lives. We should be thankful for ALL that we have and all we don’t have. We should be thankful for ALL of the great things in our lives and ALL of the “I want to forget” things in our lives. Thank God for ALL the doors that have been closed and ALL of the relationships that didn’t work out. Be thankful for that job you hate because God is allowing that to be a blessing for you. Think about where your life could be, and be Thankful.
We may not always understand why hardships or hurt and pain have entered our lives until we are older and we may never know. We must become content in understanding that God always has his best in store for us. Even when we cry out to him “Why God why?!?!”. “For he knows the plans he has for us” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV), and remember the author doesn’t need to discuss the plot with the characters, they just have to go through whatever the author has written for that character. While you are going through it, give thanks with a grateful heart.
Psalm 100 (NIV) A psalm. For giving grateful praise. 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.