Friday, November 1, 2013

The Only Way To Make It

Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed in the morning.  Sometimes it is hard to face the day. The pressure of life bears down so much that it is difficult to even take a breath.  Life is hard.  People change. People fail us.  Circumstances change. Jobs go. Finances change. Children push back against rules.  Dishes are dirty.  Laundry piles up.  Some days it all just crushes down and I just. Can't. Breathe.

November.  The month of remembering to be thankful.  Posting our thanks on our Facebook. It's all good. However, when it's only in November, it becomes trite.  It's almost like, "Whatever...everyone is thankful this month."  This is not how it should be!  It's not how we make it. Not how we continue to breathe.

God gave us the formula.  It's not just being thankful in November.  It's the giving thanks is ALL things.  

Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

It's so simple, yet I forget.  And this giving of thanks is not just about the things as much as it is about Him. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 
1 Chronicles 16:34

Whatever challenge or circumstance I am in the middle of...He is always good. His love is forever.  I am wrapped up in it.  His grace is enough.  He is enough.  These things are sure!  My life will begin to change as much as I give thanks.  In His presence is "fullness of joy" (Psalm 16:11).  And how do we enter His presence?

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  Psalm 100:4

With thanks.  Why would I want to be anywhere but in His presence?  

So today...just this.  To keep breathing in grace, and breathing out thanks. With. Every. Breath.  This is the only way to make it.