This morning, I am so thankful that my salvation is wholly dependent on God and not on myself.
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son,... and whom He did predestinate, them He also called, and whom He called, them He also justified, and whom He justified, them He also glorified" (Romans 8v29, 30)
My salvation is of grace from all eternity to all eternity. Sola gratia.
I am thankful that during times of discouragement, God has seen fit to give me the husband He gave me. I am thankful that He used this series of lectures on Marriage and the Family to teach us ways of communicating that we just did not have in the past.
We are all different, and different situations can discourage different people. I tend not to be too easily discouraged, but sometimes a situation can come my way that may cause me to deflate. Often, bigger battles can be fought with gusto, and a 'small' hiccup can cause me to struggle. The reasons can be numerous: at times I can figure them out. They may be hormonal; they may be caused by extreme tiredness; they may be because of my spiritual condition. But other times, I really don't know why I am so affected emotionally and spiritually by circumstances that, at other times, I would bounce my way through.
How do you cope with discouragements?
Do you take them to your Heavenly Father? Or do you, like me, too often store them up instead of doing what He asks us to do:
"Come unto Me all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
I am a slow learner. My Lord calls me to come to Him with all my cares and burdens. I have never had cause to doubt His love and His mercy, and yet I am so guilty of storing my woes as though I were better able to deal with them alone.
And so, I am thankful again that He gave me a husband, not only that I can talk to, but who will encourage me to go to my Saviour, who is both my husband and that 'Friend that sticketh closer than a brother'.
So many blessings to be thankful for.