Hello, Friends! Today's message will be brief. I've tossed ideas back and forth in my head regarding what to share with you. Nothing felt right. I usually have some direction from the Lord early on in the week, but not this week! It wasn't until just seconds ago that I knew what I was supposed to tell you all today. It's just a simple phrase - give thanks.
I can already hear some of your groans and the clicks from your devices as you're closing this post. That's okay, and whatever it is you think I'm going to say, I can almost promise you that you're wrong.
For those of you still with me, read on and be encouraged.
Here's what I believe the Lord would like for you to hear today. Look at your life and all that is going right. Give thanks. Consider your struggles, especially those you are now facing. Don't look at what you could've done differently and all the things you did wrong. What did you do right? Whatever little you gave, whatever effort you put forth that resulted in the most minute of changes, give thanks for that.
We are all on a journey and this life can sometimes be hard. There's no need for us to add to our level of difficulty by viewing ourselves through our failures and shortcomings. Viewing our circumstances in light of our victories and the seemingly oh, so little progress we really are making, is a much better way to live.
So today, give thanks for where you are, for the progress you've made, for the changes you do see and for the good in the journey. May it cause hope to arise and your faith to be kindled once more.
All hope is not loss. You've got this, friend! Be encouraged.