giving thanks - always and corrie ten boom's strength.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

as i begin to busily prepare for thanksgiving i feel the Lord preparing my heart.

lately, i am being reminded in various circumstances to be thankful.  always.
and not just for the good stuff.

many lists and prayers of gratitude (including my own) go something like this:

thank you for my family, for a warm home and clothes.  
thank you Lord, for all you have given us.

how often am i thankful in ALL circumstances?  for ALL things?  even the mundane or bad?

 a recent reminder #1

1 Thessalonians 5:15-16
Be joyful always; Pray Continually.  
Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

oh how these precious words have carried me through.  when i can open my eyes and heart and receive the truth that God loves me....plain, ordinary, me....i realize that HE WILL work ALL things to HIS glory.

i have seen this in my life over and over and over.  finding the strength to be thankful (through continuous prayer), brings me joy.

a recent reminder #2

the true story of corrie ten boom and her sister betsie.  revealed in the book "the hiding place"

please find time to read this book.  it will soften your heart and strengthen your soul.  

in this book corrie unravels the story of her family hiding a jewish family in her home, being sent to scheveningen (a dutch prison) then on to vught (a dutch concentration camp) and finally to ravensbruck (a women's concentration camp).

throughout her life corrie struggled honest struggles of "why?" 

from the book the hiding place, corrie writes:
"It grew harder and harder.  Even within these four walls there was too much misery, too much seemingly pointless suffering.  Every day something else failed to make sense, something else grew too heavy."  

such raw, vulnerable truth into her soul.  corrie does not sugar coat her struggles and the strength God gave her to see them through.  she continues to share how the Holy Spirit gave her strength to be thankful in ALL circumstances.  hardly comprehensible to even think about amongst such cruelty.  

as thanksgiving draws near i am praying, earnestly, to give thanks in ALL circumstances.


  1. Sara, this is just what I needed to hear today. I was really struggling with some news I received yesterday, but after much prayer and leaving it to God, I know He knows what is best and things will work out. And, for that assurance I am truly grateful. Thanks for sharing about the book. I will be sure to pick up a copy.

  2. I read this book with my two boys this past summer. It's so great, insping and sad but definitely a great read! I gave it to my mom to read, and wish I hadn't so I can read it again. Thank goodness for people in the world like Cory!!

    Jessica @

  3. What a wonderful book this is! I read (consumed) it last year. It spoke volumes to me. Everyone should make this a must read, for sure.

    Thanks for sharing your heart this day.

    Blessings to you, Amy

  4. LOVE that book....need to read it again and again and again....she puts life into her faith and her honesty.

  5. Haven't read this book since high school. Need to put it on MY Christmas wish list :)

  6. What a lovely post!

    Corrie Ten Boom is the epitome of a woman after God's heart and we should all pattern our lives after hers.

    Yes, being thankful in all circumstances is so hard, I've found this so true as I've dealt with my Dad's life altering illness for the past 5 months.

    Blessings to you!

  7. I just re-read "Return to the Hiding Place", by the first person that the tenboom family hid. It gives lots of insight into the daily life during those years, including the day that they were caught. I think you would like it, too.

    Sweet Corrie and Betsie. What wonderful women.


  8. Sara, I was doing this last night as I lay in bed. Thanking Him for all the little things that most take for granted...a roof over my head, a warm bed, healthy kids(we've had years of struggle there), a faithful, Godly husband,etc...
    Its amazing how once you start, you can stop being thankful. May we live with an attitude of gratitude, not just this week but every day!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. thanks for the reminder - i read this book in either high school or college but i often forget to be thankful for all things . . . and i forget to introduce my teenagers to some of these great christian classics that i cut my faith teeth on :)

    happy thanksgiving!

    xo ellie

  10. I will read this book, thank you for the recommendation. Your home and family are beautiful Sara.

  11. i love the hiding place!!! i just recently read it for the first time, and i thought it was wonderful!!!

  12. Oh my, I read that book when I was a child. It blessed me so much! I wish I could remember it more. I think I should find another copy again soon. Thanks for the sweet reminder!

  13. i read this book a couple of months ago and it really was life changing.

    i recently {re}discovered your blog. congrats on baby #6! i'm excited to read along. :]


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