“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
I used to think that it was totally illogical to give thanks to God for the trails and obstacles we face in life. When I pray, I certainly don’t say, “God, please sent me some problems and suffering.” Problem was: I wasn’t reading this verse correctly. We aren’t necessarily to thank God FOR the circumstance. Rather we are to thank God IN the circumstance. Presently I am working to build bone density and reverse osteoporosis. Do I get up every morning and say, “Thank you, God, that I have osteoporosis”? No, but I am learning to thank God for the many blessings that have come my way because of this diagnosis, such as:
- My family and I now enjoy an extremely healthful diet. Before this diagnosis, we splurged on sweets and fried foods as much as most American families do.
- Every day I now get to exercise, with more on the way!
- All the aches and pains I used to have–which I thought were an inevitable part of aging–have disappeared!
- I weigh 109, rather than 142, and I now fit a size 6 rather than a size 12.
- My latest blessing had been coming to understand that I am valuable, not because the amount of work I complete in a day, but because of the LOVE with which I do whatever I do during the day. There is nothing wrong with doing less things, but doing them well. To do something well is worthy.
I thank God for these blessings, amazed at how God is turning the challenge into an opportunity for spiritual, physical, and emotional growth. I also thank God that my son set me up with this website, so that I can share my journey with you!
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