Feeling Grateful by Sonya





“Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 106:1

Coming into Thanksgiving this month, I have such an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  Truly each day is a gift from God! We can overlook that when everything is going well, but when a trial or challenge comes up it causes you to focus on what is important and become thankful and know that God loves us.

Just last week my middle daughter got diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy which is facial nerve damage and half of her face drooped and had no emotion. It was pretty scary as it looked like my daughter had a stroke, but it was a virus that caused this. The doctor said she would outgrow it within a few months but to this 9 year old it seemed like eternity and she didn’t want to go to school looking like that for a long time. Also there was a small percentage where you would have permanent damage. During this time, it caused me to draw closer to God in thanksgiving.  We were praising God for what He was going to do and how He was going to walk us through this. My daughter has such a strong faith in God and she taught me so much during this time to not give up on what God can do!

It amazed me how each day God was healing her little by little and now a week later she is almost completely healed. Praise God! This was no surprise to my daughter, as she believed God would take care of her and knew her prayers would be answered. She carried a grateful attitude by thanking God with each small victory as she was watching her face come back to life. This encouraged me to not give up when we are faced with a trial and to keep thanking God for what He is walking us through and each season of life we are in. Feeling grateful to be able to wake up each day and understand the present is God’s gift to us and we are to make the most of it! Don’t let this Thanksgiving slide on by without acknowledging all perfect gifts come from Him. Thank God in all areas of your life and rejoice in what He is doing and not look to your circumstances.


“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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