Being Thankful In Difficult Times

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3: 16-17 NIV)

I used to begrudge the fact that I had little time to read the Bible. Now my habit is to read at least one Chapter in the morning and one in the evening. I find God speaking to me through His Word – encouraging me, challenging me, convicting me. I am thankful.

I’ve not much of a “classroom” left – but I do believe I teach by my reactions. My students? My family and folks in the doctors’ offices. I can be a witness just by smiling from my wheelchair. I belong to an online chat room and we are doing a book study from my favorite book “Hinds Feet on High Places.” I can still participate! I am thankful.

Sing songs? Well, if singing along with my CD’s counts, I can still do that too! Music plays such an important role for me anymore. I have a list of “uplifting songs” that I play. Now I realize that doing so pleases not only me, but God. I am thankful

Even the little things I do count, if they are done for God. I am thankful.

The things I am thankful for now range from the very, very large – a remission from cancer in our family, to the very small – the sun was shining today and Spring is coming! I can smell it in the air. I am VERY thankful for computers – they connect me to the world now. I am thankful.

I CAN do things. I change from feeling useless to useful. I can change from feeling purposeless to purposeful. God CAN use me. Suddenly, the day seems better. I am thankful.

Prayer: Father God, Thank you for your word – your encouraging word. May it dwell richly in each one of us. Amen.

deni lives in Indiana with her husband, mother, sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Challenged by Ankylosing Spondylistis, Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation and other chronic conditions, deni and her husband are raising her late daughter’s children and homeschools them. Though sidelined for now by her illnesses, deni draws and writes. She is finishing her second book “Out of the Darkness,” revealing how God held on to her through the loss of her daughter. deni sees God leading her on a “parade of daily adventures,” affirming that all the events in her life lead her to a more intimate knowledge of God’s grace, mercy, and abundant love. Visit her blog, “deni’s ramblings” at . She can be contacted at .