Friday, November 1, 2013

CHALLENGE: To be Thankful is To Be Truly Content....

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." ~G.K. Chesterton~

Your challenge is to create a project using the word or phrase "thanks, thanksgiving, thankful, thankfulness, give thanks," somewhere on your project!

Greg Simas discusses the concept of Christian thanksgiving…

Giving thanks in all circumstances is the most reliable indicator of my spiritual health. A biblically grateful and thankful person is someone who appreciates both how undeserving he/she is before God and how generous God is to them. But, how do we honestly give thanks when we face difficult situations and circumstances in our lives?
Giving Thanks In All Circumstances

I Thess. 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Recently, I have faced events that would challenge the very foundation of this verse. In the past several months I’ve experienced personal loss, family members dying and outright injustices.

Yet the verse remains, “give thanks in all circumstances.”

As I meditated on 1 Thess. 5:18, the Lord revealed a simple truth, making the verse clear to me. To be honest, this truth was right in front of me but I didn’t see it.
Here it is.

The verse says that we are to give thanks “in” all circumstances NOT “for” all circumstances. The Bible never tells me to give thanks FOR injustice or loss but to give things IN them.
I can give thanks IN all circumstances because God IS found in each one. Yes, God is found in each circumstance, even the most difficult ones, if we just look hard enough.

Three Things to Consider About Giving Thanks In All Circumstances

We give thanks because every circumstance, whether it be victory or tragedy, loss or gain, joy or grief comes with the reality of finding God. Our greatest struggle, our most demanding test, every difficult question, we give thanks to God because He is with us right in the middle of it all. When we look beyond our circumstance we will see God.

We give thanks because the Lord understands and feels what we are feeling. He is not aloof, not unconcerned or emotionally disconnected.

We give thanks IN all circumstances because He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us and He’s given us the Holy Spirit as comforter and teacher. The Holy Spirit is incredibly active in ministering to our pain or loss.

The Result of Giving God Thanks In All Circumstances

When we gain revelation on this truth then our thanksgiving to God doesn’t rely on the circumstances around us, but rather, the strength we find from a good God in us.
I am discovering that giving thanks to God in all circumstances creates security and hope, it keeps my heart healthy and un-offended.
The circumstances we face may be grim and our questions may go unanswered but if we give thanks in the middle of these circumstances we will come to know God in ways we could never imagine. From Greg


When you examine the contents of the Holy Bible, and the themes contained within it's pages, the importance of giving thanks is evident!  Here are just a small number of the Scriptures that mention being thankful, thanks, thanksgiving....

*Psalm 69:30 (NAS) I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving

*Psalm 100:4 (RSV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name

*Colossians 3:15 (NAS) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  

*Colossians 4:2 (NAS) Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving   

*1 Thessalonians 5:18 - In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

*Psalms 100:4 - Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.

*Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God..

*1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Your challenge is to create a project using the word or phrase "thanks, thanksgiving, thankful, thankfulness, give thanks," somewhere on your project! **You may enter as many times as you would like, and may combine this challenge with other challenges.  Please mention and provide a link back to this challenge in your blog post!   Link up below with Linky Tools by end of the day on November 21, 2013, and our winner will be announced on 11-28-13! 

Here is the prize for this challenge:

This prize includes an acrylic stamp set from Close To My Heart, a complete chipboard alphabet set from K & Company, buttons from Martha Stewart, 3 new spools of premium ribbon from American Crafts, diecuts from Keller's Kreations, a twine bundle from My Mind's Eye, and more!

 We can't wait to see all of your projects! 


Nancy said...

What a great post...and a wonderful challenge! Thank you! :o)

ShersL84bed said...

Wow, these layouts and cards are amazing. I look at each one and smile. :) Beautiful work ladies.

Alicia Redshaw said...

Such a wonderful challenge and great examples from such a talented group of ladies. I enjoyed reading the whole post and found it inspiring. Thank you

Patricia Folchert said...

Powerful message, thank you for sharing that- it is a great comfort to know he is near amid any circumstance. Great samples too, I hope to join in if I can get some time.

Helen Gullett said...

WOW... fabulous entries this month! LOVE all your projects, ladies!