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What does it mean to be truly thankful?
Thinking about gratitude and thankfulness and focusing on the positive aspects of life in order to increase our happiness has become common in recent years.
It is good for us to be thankful. But is that it? Is thankfulness just a habit that will make us happier? And does that really help us when life is tough?
On Wednesday evening, 150 women gathered in the hall to share delicious desserts and to hear from Danielle McGregor on the topic of ‘Lasting thankfulness from a deep place’.
There was much to be thankful for – good company, good food, pleasant surroundings. But as Danielle spoke, she challenged us to look beyond our surroundings in order to find lasting thankfulness. She spoke from Romans 8:31-32:
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Danielle challenged us to expand our thankfulness in three ways.
This term we’ve been looking at the book of Job in our growth group. Job lost everything, but was able to say at the end ‘I know that you can do all things, no purpose of yours can be thwarted…My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.’
In our pleasure, do we thank God for his goodness? And in our pain, do we thank him for his goodness as we long for the time when all pain will end and we will spend eternity with him?
Women’s Ministry Coordinator