Article updated on December 18th, 2016
It’s easy to be thankful when everything is going the way we think it should. It’s easy to be thankful when our income exceeds the monthly bills. When our family’s health is good, it’s easy to keep that thankful attitude. It sure helps in staying thankful when we are not faced with any unexpected trouble. But what about being thankful in the bad times?
When I started back writing Thankful Thursday posts, I knew it was going to be a little difficult in sharing the things I’m thankful for without sounding like a 5-year-old that is thankful for their cat. I started today’s post several times and erased those few words I typed because I felt as if I sounded like that 5-year-old. When I read I Thessalonians 5:18 on a note card while in the kitchen, I had a light bulb moment – Being Thankful in the Bad Times in our lives.
When we are thankful during the good, we are showing our gratitude and hopefully giving God the glory for those times. But when we are faced with the bad, being thankful during that time shows we have FAITH in the Lord and what He is doing in our lives. It’s okay to be sad and heartbroken over bad situations, but we need to remember God is good even during those moments. He wants us to remember all the good things that He has done for us and to not take our eyes off of Him.
I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not easy to keep a thankful spirit when things are going wrong. Those moments are when I focus on five very special verses to help me keep my eyes focused on the Lord.