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Thanking God … 31 Days of Focus on God Things Day #6

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 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 3:17

There once was a woman whose whole being had been hurt by criticism and humiliation when she was young. And far into adulthood this lady continued to assume that all criticism was humiliation and clung to anger and resentment when these assumptions were indulged upon.

She found it hard to be grateful for certain people and situations in her life … and this caused more pain and resentment.

When she was a bit younger she was called … to/by a church, and she went, expecting the same emptiness she always felt in these sacred places … but she vowed to try one more time. She built the courage and went in … and this time God was home!

That was almost 11 years ago, and so much has occurred and changed since then, except for that criticism and resentment thing …

But today, specifically, this woman has decided to be grateful for the things/people that she is not necessarily thankful for.

Somehow it got into my spirit, I don’t remember if it’s in the bible or someone said it, that I would learn to be grateful and in turn love those and those things that I don’t have those feelings for, IF I asked God and thanked Him for them … all.

So I asked … and though I don’t feel much better about certain things I expect to. I’ll let you know how it goes.


Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 5:18b-20



Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

One thought on “Thanking God … 31 Days of Focus on God Things Day #6

  1. Pingback: 31 Days:How to Deal: Nasty Negative Feelings « K.B. Johnson, Writer

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