*We don’t get to choose our trials, only our responses.
Do we ask for strength to be thankful? Or strength to have our dreams fulfilled? If we can separate from our deepest desires for a moment, we’ll realize that if our dreams are fulfilled but we are not growing spiritually, we will not find the true fulfillment we seek. The things in our lives are only rich and awesome and full of joy when they accompany God’s presence. His presence is the common factor in peace-filled lives. Fulfillment of our dreams does not guarantee peace or joy or even happiness.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
*It is a command to give thanks. Why? Because He is good.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.