Give Thanks In All Circumstances

So as an addendum to my previous post, we spent the afternoon cleaning up the basement – throwing away carpet, using the shop-vac to soak up the water, drying out some things, and throwing some things away.  Tonight, I had to laugh when Isaac prayed at dinner time, “…dear God, thank you that we got to clean the basement….”  My kids loved it that we got to clean the basement.  Isaac reminded me of a a few verses in I Thessalonians 5.

16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Learning to be joyful always and to give thanks in all circumstances isn’t always easy.  I feel like my kids have been great examples for me.  Their faith is amazing.  Their ability to be thankful for things that drive me crazy is incredible.  My kids remind me over and over to make lemonade out of the lemons of life.  I am blessed beyond words.