Yesterday, I wrote a post about being thankful for friends. I realized that lately I have been focusing on my worries and concerns. Honestly, I have been consumed by them. I should be focusing on all the reasons that I have to be thankful.
I am thankful for my family, friends, my bible study group and my home. I am thankful for having God in my life. I no longer have a father on earth, and I am so thankful to have a father in heaven, that loves me no matter what I do.
I am so thankful for everything that God has done for me in the past 5 years. We moved to a new house. We moved to a new state. My kids started school. My husband started a new job. I was able to stay at home with my kids.
I opened up the bible to a passage in Daniel this morning. Blessed be the name of God forever and ever. No matter what happens in life, God is there forever. This morning I was thinking about my dad. He was such a strong force. He had a strong personality, but he is no longer here. I am here. I have to figure out life. God is still here. God is eternal. God helps me navigate through life.
All wisdom and might belong to God. God changes the time and seasons. God removes kings and brings new kings to power. God gives wisdom to the wise. God gives us knowledge. God “reveals deep and secret things”. I find this verse intriguing. What does God reveal? We couldn’t possible know all that God knows, so we can only guess or speculate. The next verse makes me glad that I don’t know. “He knows what is in the darkness”. I don’t really want to know what is in the darkness. I know it is not good. All those feelings of anger, bitterness and resentment are not from God, but from what is in the darkness. The light dwells in God. The only way to fight what is the darkness is through God. He is the light that can shine in the darkness.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.”
–Daniel 2:20-22 (NKJV)
There are so many reasons to be thankful. I am thankful that God gives my heart peace. I am thankful that God gives me what I need. I am so thankful for everything that I have and know it is all from God.