Monday, November 25, 2013

Giving Thanks for He is Good

I’m writing a blog post this week I thought I'd never write.

This Thanksgiving, I get to share with you some good things the Lord has done for me recently. They’re gifts, because He’s good.

Although He’s always good, even when He’s withholding gifts.

Last month, I went on my first official hike in over ten years. 

Ten and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with M.S. which doctors predicted would confine me to a wheelchair in five years. The Lord gave me the grace to accept that prognosis, even though exercise and hiking were high on my to-do’s.

I accepted the thought I’d never hike again, but missed it.

I never dreamed I’d do it again.

Indian Heaven trail

We made it!

On Saturday, I moved in with some friends. 

A move I’ve prayed for but thought was impossible. A move designed by my Father, who knows my needs even before I ask.

From Left: Geneva (Roommate #1), David (one of many helpers), Alicia (Roommate #2)           Thank you to everyone who helped us move!

If you’re struggling this Thanksgiving to be thankful, I’ve been there, too. We’ve all had Thanksgivings when all you can think of to be thankful for are things you can’t see.

But you thank by faith, because you believe with eyes that can’t see that “goodness and mercy” truly are following you every day of your life.

EVERY day.

I never dreamed I’d have a Thanksgiving Day when I could thank the Lord for restoring broken dreams.

He chose to do that for me this year.

And His choices for you are just as beautiful.

Keep trusting. Keep thanking.

Thank Him for the goodness and mercy you can see following close behind you.

Thank Him for those you can’t see.

But keep thanking.

Thank Him this Thanksgiving Day, whether you have beautiful gifts to thank God for or whether you’re pleading for grace to be thankful.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good” (Psalm 106:1).


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  1. I love this post, Bethany. What a blessing!

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. :-) Thanks for your prayers.

  2. To God be the glory, great things He has done!! Rejoicing with you in His goodness.