Giving Thanks In Every Thing

Journal

Dear Friend,

Although God has been silent to me these few weeks, He has been faithful. Specifically, He reminded me of giving thanks through this sermon, other people, and most importantly, through His Word.


“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV (Emphasis added)



What struck me repeatedly was “In every thing”. How do I give thanks in every thing? Every thing covers both good and bad, big and little. Yes, it’s easy for me to give thanks for good things. But it’s difficult to always give thanks for them, let alone the bad things. I tend to murmur, which is the opposite of giving thanks. Complaining is being ungrateful. Ungrateful to Who? To God. And I’m guilty of this. Because it’s in my sinful nature to be ungrateful, God commanded that I must give thanks in every thing.


“… for this is the will of God …”



It’s His will that I should be grateful. Do you know what’s harder than giving thanks in every thing? Giving thanks from my heart. This is true gratefulness.

To truly give thanks means–

  1. I’m trusting Him wholly,
  2. I’m believing that God is always Who He is,
  3. I’ve surrendered every aspect of my life to Him,
  4. And that it’s His will.

Whereas, complaining shows that–

  1. I’m doubting Him,
    2. I don’t believe that God is always Who He is,
    3. I didn’t surrender every aspect of my life to Him,
    4. And that it’s my will, not His.

Ouch. I feel bad from reading the last points. Choosing between giving thanks and murmuring is choosing between acknowledging God and letting unbelief rule my life. However, it’s impossible for me to consistently choose the former because it’s against my sinful nature. But


“… in Christ Jesus …”




it is possible. Because He freed me from sin. And because I’m free, I can give thanks for Him freeing me, His faithfulness, His silence, His reminders, His mercies, my struggles, my sorrows, the new friends He gave, the old friends He took away, the sense of homelessness I have, the Home I will have, and so on.

Resulting in the fullness of joy and peace in Him no matter what circumstance I’m in. Then I’ll have two more things to be thankful for.


“To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”

Psalm 30:12 KJV



Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train

P.S. If you have a paper and pen near you, write down each good and bad thing for this day. Most importantly, don’t forget to include His character.

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Clarissa is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds, and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry. Or read more posts.

I Wanted to Give Up

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Dear Friend,

Ever since I started writing seriously two years ago, I’ve entered a battle. Well, a Christian’s battle begins the day they’re saved. Specifically, this relates to writing. One side is the work God wants me to do. The other side is the devil urging me to quit. Both sides have intensified as I continue writing. God wants me to take challenges beyond my craft level, and the latter became louder and stronger. On top of the battle, I’ve been recently struggling to accept that I can’t escape grief in life.

I thought of giving up. I could close my email ministry, delete this blog, delete all my drafts, and stop writing. I didn’t want to move anymore and just stay in one place. But these doesn’t solve anything. Yet, I want to continue for Him. Writing wasn’t my decision initially. My choice was to obey Him.

I was at the verge of breaking when He used a friend, a sermon, and His Word:


“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Psalm 91:1 KJV



It was also the whole chapter of Psalm 91. While the battle is on, I trudge on a narrow path up the mountain. But I’m at peace in the midst. I’m at peace because He’s my Refuge, my Fortress, my Habitation, my Deliverer, my Protector, my Shield, my Buckler, my God and my Saviour. I’m at peace I’m under His shadow and His wings. When He’s silent, I won’t fear because


“…he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Hebrews 13:5 KJV



Now, I’m living with the Lapidary’s hand cutting and shaping me, the fire refining me, and the hammer beating me. This will last for the rest of my life. And as long as a Christian is doing God’s work, the opposition opposes.

The adversary is a roaring lion that wants us to quit because he hates it when God is glorified through a serving vessel (1 Peter 5:8). It’s a battle we go through each day, fighting against the devil’s shoutings. The devil even uses other people to discourage us.

Therefore, make sure you’re wearing the whole armour (Ephesians 6:11-18); continue to trust Him, and He’ll give you strength and peace (Psalm 29:11). Remember, Christ has already won the battle.


“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 KJV



Thus, if He wants me to go through this, I shall continue until I reach Home. The opposition can’t hurt me because my soul’s secured by my Author.


“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2 KJV



Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train


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Clarissa is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds, and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry. Or read more posts.