“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
The first phrase is sometimes translated “Give thanks in all things” or “Give thanks in every circumstance.” Certainly, there are times when we may not feel very thankful for the trials themselves, but we can still be thankful in the midst of them.
We can be thankful for God’s sustaining grace, His faithfulness, His presence and provision. We can be grateful for what He’ll use those hardships to accomplish: for the lessons He’ll teach, the character He’ll develop, the closeness He’ll foster, and the testimony He’ll inspire.
I think this is what James had in mind when he tells us, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
This coloring page was originally published in Count Your Blessings, my newest devotional journal. It is designed to help you cultivate an attitude of gratitude — not only in November, but every day of the year!
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