Counting Your Blessings: 7 Things To Be Thankful For

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What are you most thankful for? Many people start with being thankful for life, relationships, children, and/or jobs. But what can believers be thankful for when persecution threatens life, marriages break up, children become prodigals, unemployment looms, or food becomes rationed? If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you can be thankful even in times of distress no matter who you are, where you live, or what you do in life.

We are thankful for being chosen

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

Have you ever been the first person chosen to be on a team? When you’re picked first there’s a sense of achievement and respect that you bring along. God chose you out of your sinful lifestyle and gave purpose to your life. Thank God today that you were chosen to receive the forgiveness of sins and a place among those called by Him.

We are thankful for peace in the midst of storms

Through the Holy Spirit, there’s an assurance of the peace of God in any storm. Thank God today that you can have peace in the midst of great stress and trials.

Through the Holy Spirit, there’s an assurance of the peace of God in any storm. Thank God today that you can have peace in the midst of great stress and trials.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Storms will come whether in the form of an illness, persecution, financial distress, family problems or in other situations. Sooner or later your faith will be tested and you will need peace that transcends understanding. This peace is available to all believers. Through the Holy Spirit, there’s an assurance of the peace of God in any storm. Thank God today that you can have peace in the midst of great stress and trials.

We are thankful that all things work together for our good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

It’s a spiritual puzzle you may never understand in this lifetime. God knows how to put together key moments of time, people, and situations to work out the best interests of those who love Him. God can turn the worst possible situations for His glory and your best outcome. Thank God today that He is working every puzzle piece of your life for your good.

We are thankful for the love that God has for us

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

It’s distressing to know that many people live without really feeling loved when God loves them with an unconditional love. You’re so loved by God that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to take the penalty for your sins. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you more or less. Thank God today for the abundant love that He shows you every day.

We are thankful that God listens to us

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

Isn’t it amazing that in spite of all the activity in the world…the Creator listens to you? People clamor to be in the presence of politicians and famous individuals, but how much greater it is to have entrance into the throne room of God at any time. It’s a privilege that’s easy to take for granted. Thank God today for the awesome greatness of being heard from the Most High Father in heaven.

We are thankful that we are never alone

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

We have the presence of God at all times whether we sense it or not. Through the Holy Spirit, every believer can have continual contact with God at all times. There’s nothing ever hidden from His eyes. Even in the darkest hours when all seems lost—He’s there. Thank God today that you are never alone in Him.

We are thankful that heaven is our true home

“But our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20).

The trials of life often remind us that we have a heavenly dwelling with no sorrow, tears, or hardship. It’s a place of eternal joy, peace, and love. Our joyful expectation is to be reunited with loved ones and, most of all, to see Jesus as He is and worship Him in the presence of the angels. Thank God today for your heavenly home after your time on this earth.

Give thanks today!

When we are in a season of suffering, it may be difficult to be thankful. By the grace of God, your eyes can be opened to always find something to thank Him for. Take the thankfulness challenge and choose one of the list above for each day of the week. Do it for a month to see how your outlook on life becomes more positive every day.

Take a look at these 5 Lessons about being thankful:

5 Bible Lessons About Being Thankful

Resource – New International Version Bible, The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblca, Inc.™

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Charmant July 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

Wonderful.We should be thankful that all things work together for our good.A big amen!!!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).


Crystal McDowell July 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement Charmant. Have a blessed day!


Patricia Schneider July 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hello, Crystal!!
Terrific article with Scripture! We all need ‘reminders’ to THANK FATHER GOD!!

Since re-reading & studying God’s Word every day since 2012 (or late 2011, at my age, “the mind is the first to go~!” LOL!) my heart, mind and spirit have been filled with sooo much JOY and PEACE!! Blessings I can’t begin to describe, Crystal!

Can’t recall if I told you…our son, Chris, moved back home with us on May 4th., 2013. (His rent was raised in June to $150!!! No way could Chris pay all his expenses, plus have money left over for “good times” & savings.)
Had put on those ‘filters’ on TV and computer, as Pastor Jack Wellman suggested. And continue praying to Jesus’ Holy Spirit to break the binds of addiction to pornography. (As he could always find that filth outside this household, right?)

Crystal, can’t thank you enough for your advice & prayers for Chris. He turned 37 on June 18th. of this year. (And I’m still 29~! How is this possible? Hee-Hee!)

Oodles of God’s blessings upon you, Crystal, and your ‘small’ family!!
Love, your sister in Christ Jesus….Patty


Crystal McDowell July 30, 2013 at 11:17 am

Dearest Patricia,

It’s so good to know that things are well with your son moving back home. One more thing to add to our thankfulness list! God bless!


Joel July 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I am too, thankful for God is always on the work of restoring of what was satan has stolen from us. 1. Our first love to our Lord Jesus Christ, 2. our relationship with our love ones (family memebers, friends, church mates), 3. our health, 4. our business, 5. the joy of salvation that we received from our Lord, etc. God promised in JOEL 2:25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.”

God is so great, He never let us stay in a lukewarm and a broken hearted situation. This should be one that we always be thankful to God. Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”

Thank you Madam for sharing this wonderful collections of God’s Word. More blessings be on you!

In Christ Jesus,


Crystal McDowell July 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

Dear Joel,

Your thankful list is awesome! I especially hold on to the promised that God “will restore the years that the swarming locust has eaten”. Have a wonderful day. God bless,


Susie Mrkacek August 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Really love your articles…so helpful! Are you going to do a bible study anytime in the future? Right now I am again struggling to find a church where I fit in. Just don’t fit in the mega church. Grew up in church of 250-350. Have been trying again.


Crystal McDowell August 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Dear Susie, you have much to offer the body of Christ…I hope you will search diligently for the right ministry in which God can use your gifts for the kingdom of Christ.

God bless,


Bill Ray August 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Great article, Crystal. Thanks for sharing it.


Crystal McDowell August 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thanks so much Bill!

In Christ,


Nancy August 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Right now at this time in my life most people wouldn’t be so thankful. Let me tell you, I am even thankful for the bad things that happened to me as a child. Not sure why, but the Lord has always been there for me through every one. Even before I got saved 14 years ago. I guess it strengthens my faith in him, knowing he has always been there for me…. Thanks for the article, I need encouragement as of late. Have a blessed day!


Crystal McDowell August 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Dear Nancy,
I pray your heart continues to be encouraged towards thankfulness even in difficulty.

Love in Christ,


Isaac November 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Nancy, that is so true about God being there even before we come to know Him. I was saved when I was 14 but when I look back, Jesus was there guiding us and protecting us into the Truth.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16


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