God Sustains His Child in The Difficult Season

Give thanks in all things.

by Nan Jones  @NanJonesAuthor

Give thanks in all things … all things.

In all things give thanks, and the peace of God will be with you.
In all things give thanks, & the peace of God will be with you.

Seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? I’m learning this truth speaks of surrender — a recognition of the Lordship of Christ, the Sovereignty of God.

And that’s a beautiful thing.

I’ve been living a season of desperate heartbreak, facing an unknown future. There are no fluid finances to depend on. Health issues prevent full-time employment. Anger knocks at my door … relentlessly.

And yet, I’ve found peace. How is this possible?

A thankful heart.

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I learned a truth years ago: “When you can’t praise God for your circumstances, you can always praise Him for who He is. And praise will set the captive free.” I don’t know who spoke this originally, but it has become a mile-marker in my faith journey — a sure place to hang my hat.

Who is this God I love?                                                                                                                                                 He is Jehovah-jireh, my Provider.                                                                                                                            He is Jehovah-rapha, my Healer.                                                                                                                             He is Jehovah-shalom, my Peace.

And my favorite?                                                                                                                                                          He is El Roi — the God who sees me and knows all about it.

We know God's abiding presence when we give thanks in all things.
We know God’s abiding presence when we give thanks in all things.

I cling to this. I cherish the reality that the God who promised to never leave me nor forsake me knows my heart, my struggles, my pain. He promises to hide me beneath the shadow of His wing until these calamities pass me by.

That promise is for you, too.

In a fallen world bad things happen to good people. Suffering occurs. Heartbreak happens. But God does not turn a blind eye. He sustains His child in the difficult season. He is a magnificent God who pursues us with His love.

Are you hurting? Struggling to overcome a devastating event in your life? I encourage you to give thanks — not for the pain, but for the One who bore your pain. Give thanks for His faithfulness, His mercy, and His love.

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We are not alone in our difficulties, for the God of Angel Armies is with us always.

For that, I am thankful.

Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@nanjones.com The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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  1. Nan, I love the names for God you mentioned in this post. In addition to those, another favorite of mine is Jehovah-nissi — The Lord is my Banner. May our Jehovah-nissi continue to cover and protect you, and go before you to fight your battles as only he can.

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