Without This Knowledge I Could Not be Thankful

by Nan Jones

Nothing comes our way without the Father’s knowledge. Nothing.

God promises He will work everything together for our good when we love Him and are called according to His purpose. Do you believe it? Do I?

Belief in this knowledge is a piece of the puzzle to maturing in our faith.

Step upon step. Line upon line.

Growth and maturity occurs.

I believe a thankful heart is the glue that holds the different components together.

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God is as sure as the sunrise.
God is as sure as the sunrise.

I’m learning to thank Him in all circumstances … learning being the operative word. The more I practice this discipline, the more natural it becomes. Why?

Because thankfulness is an expression of trust — believing that the One who loves me will use even this, whatever it may be, for my good.

He has proved Himself over and over. The more I trust, the more I am aware of His intervention, His provision, His faithfulness to do that which He has promised.

The longer I walk with the Lord, the more I know Him. The more I know Him, the more I realize I can trust Him. And the more I trust Him, the more I acknowledge and appreciate His sovereignty — His authority.

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Thankfulness becomes a natural response … even when we can’t understand.

Corrie ten Boom has taught me to look for God in all circumstances and to realize deep in my knower that it is possible to be thankful in all things. Corrie is of The Hiding Place fame. Her family, devout Christians living in Holland, hid Jews during the Holocaust, were found out and subsequently sent to the death camps. Corrie lost all of her family members except for her nephew.

And still she gave thanks.

In fact, after she was liberated, Corrie spent the remainder of her life telling the world about the faithfulness of her Lord. The following is a fabulous example of having a thankful heart and the precious insight that is gained:

“Conditions in our barracks in the concentration camp at Ravensbruck were terrible. When we first arrived I told Betsie [Corrie’s sister] I could not bear the lice that lived in our filthy blankets and mattresses. She replied, ‘You must thank God for everything, even for lice.’ Betsie was right. Because of the bugs which infested our barrack, the women guards and officers kept their distance, and we were able to hold our Bible studies without fear.” ~ Each New Day by Corrie ten Boom

God works everything together for our good — especially the difficult places, the broken and desperate places.

Nothing comes our way without His knowledge.

Therefore, in everything we learn to give thanks.


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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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