In ALL things, give thanks

My mind was wandering (a meandering wandering path, to be sure), as it tends to do, when I got to a point in my train of thought that made me stop.

I imagine, it was God speaking to me, in His quiet way.

Over the past several months, I have noticed God working in some cool ways in people’s lives. These are things that are obvious because they are things that make us happy:
financial needs met
health/physical ailments healed
new homes provided
career problems solved

We are so quick, in those instances to praise God and say “It was such a God thing”, “It was totally like God to answer my prayer in that way”, “Our God is an AWESOME God”…

However, “God things” aren’t always pleasant for us and aren’t always answered in such warm-fuzzy ways.

Sometimes, we still have to juggle our bills, our body isn’t healed, our house doesn’t sell and we seemed stuck in the same ‘ole boring job, while others seem to have all the good stuff thrown at them, even without asking…

But we are to praise the Lord with a grateful heart, no matter what. We should be willing to say “It was such a God thing” and “It was totally like God to answer my prayer in that way” even when things don’t go our way.

Our joy and recognition of God at work in our lives should not be dependent on the circumstances of our life. They should flow from us even if we don’t get what we want. The salvation provided to us, through Christ, should be sufficient cause for a joyful heart.

Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation. Psalm 35:9


PS – a big thank you to everyone who gave me nuggets of comfort and advice, following my previous post. I was warmed by your responses and am so grateful! THANK YOU!!!


  1. Beautifully stated, Karla, and a perfect reminder. I needed to read this. It’s amazing how something so simply stated can give us so much to think about.

  2. What a beautiful post and a great reminder! And can I tell you that I love, love, love your new header. It is beautiful!

    Also, I got two google searches today for “how to make elk stew”, I know you can appreciate that. I wonder if I should direct them to your post about the crock pot?

  3. Awesome, Karla. You put it in such an understandable way! We praise God for who He is, He is still our God and Creator and has given us Salvation for an eternal life with Him, no matter what is swirling around us. Thank you for the reminder.

    BTW, tagged you, if you want to play.

  4. Trish Ryan says

    Wow, very cool! I was at a baptism this weekend that reminded me of the incredible ways Jesus transforms lives. Sometimes, it’s nice to be reminded!

  5. Karla, well said. I posted the other day about a health struggle that our family endured. The birth of our last child was a blessing that came during that time. But all of the other stuff was/is a part of the path that God has us walking on and the struggle has brought out the best and the worst in us. My post highlighted the “cool” events; the “hard” things are not easy to write about, yet they need to be heard.

    hhmmm. You’ve made me think! Chrissy

  6. Dionna Sanchez says

    Karla –
    Would you be interested in writing some devotionals for women?? It would be a very “non-pressured” thing. Email me at


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