Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

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One day, I felt like something was stuck in my neck.

I had frequent acid reflux, too. I was confident of my health, saying that I could even eat a lump of metal and digest it, but something must have certainly gone wrong.

“You’ve got reflux esophagitis.”

The doctor told me the result of a medical examination. He explained that it is an illness where the digestive fluid from the stomach goes up the throat and causes inflammation in the esophagus due to stress or wrong eating habits. It is said that the food which goes down the throat should be mixed with the digestive fluid in the stomach and then go down to the duodenum, but for various reasons, the gastric acid can flow backwards.

Prescribing some medicine, the doctor taught me about the food that I should abstain from: carbonated drinks, fried food, noodles, and so on. They were my usual favorite foods. Knowing my thoughts, the doctor requested repeatedly that I should be particular about the food I eat, making it as a habit because I would have a relapse if I failed to take good care of myself even after my condition improved.

According to the doctor’s advice, I was careful about the food I ate. I said good-bye to coffee which I drank several cups of a day and instant noodles which I enjoyed whenever I felt hungry. I missed the old days when I was able to eat whatever I wanted. Suddenly, a Bible verse flashed into my mind.

“Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Th 5:18).

“In all circumstances” literally means “in everything.” This means that we should give thanks at every moment about everything.

I remember one documentary film I watched before: One day, a man woke up in the morning but he could not see. He was healthy enough not to catch the flu even once, but all of a sudden he became blind. How lost he must have felt! He was examined at the hospital and they found out that his optic nerve became disconnected. Without knowing the specific reason about why his optic nerve was disconnected, a healthy man became blind in a day. Seeing the pitiable situation, I repeated to myself that I should be grateful for the present situation given to me.

However, forgetting those memories, many times I did not give thanks to God though I was living day after day with an overabundance of things to be grateful for. How could I forget so easily that every ordinary moment that I can walk and see and talk should be a time of giving thanks? I feel ashamed and sorry.

Reflux esophagitis isn’t too bad. Getting this illness, I can give thanks for the past. Moreover, I am more thankful for letting me realize why I should give thanks in all circumstances through this small hardship though I could have been given a more difficult and painful hardship.

David meditated on the words of God day and night, and gave thanks to God for the things that he heard about what his ancestors went through as well as for the things that were happening to him. I pledge myself to be found as a man after God’s own heart just like David whom God called “a man after my own heart,” by practicing the words, “Give thanks in all circumstances,” every day from now on.

GS Lee from Korea
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  • September 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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    There are over abundance of things to be grateful for but I was only looking at my situation and could not give many thanks to Elohim God.
    From now on I will also give thanks in all circumstances everyday 🙂

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  • September 22, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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    I really give thanks to God for allowing us the greatest miracle, eternal life. Even though we committed grave sins, God the Father and God the Mother sacrificed for us. I want to endure every hardships and troubles with joy and thanks until the end.

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  • September 22, 2016 at 10:46 pm
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    I will give thanks not only a bad situation, but a good situation.
    So I will become a child of god who keep the Elohim god happy..

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  • September 22, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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    When I give thanks to God in all circumstances, hate and dissatisfaction in my mind disappear.
    So, “Give Thanks in all circumstances” is truly God’s will that makes us go to heaven.

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  • September 22, 2016 at 11:36 pm
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    There is a God’s blessing behind a hardship.
    So we should always thanks to God. Because we don’t know what’s next.

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  • September 23, 2016 at 1:54 am
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    Since I am sure that God Elohim; Father and Mother prearranged the best way for me to be saved, I could endure all the hardships and obstacles with thanks. Even this realization that I have now is also the grace of Father and Mother! All thanks,praise and honor to Father and Mother.

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  • September 25, 2016 at 11:58 pm
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    The answer for all the tests we can encounter in our life of faith is THANKSGIVING! I will surely follow teachings of God the Mother so that I can enter Heaven without fail.

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  • September 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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    I want to prove my belief by practicing the word of God, “Be thankful for what you’ve got.”

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  • October 3, 2016 at 6:31 am
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    It is hard to giving thanks in all circumstances but it is a kind of habit.
    If we do it regularly, it will be natural.
    Giving thanks every day every time, then we can be happy!

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  • October 4, 2016 at 12:57 am
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    I know David went through all sorts of troubles during numerous wars.
    He has escaped several life threatening situations by trusting God and he gave thanks to God more and more.
    I also follow the example of David and want to be a child after God’s own heart.

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  • October 4, 2016 at 3:11 am
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    Being our heavenly parents, Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother with me, I can overcome hardship in all circumstances and walk a right way of the Gospel God the Father and God the Mother said.

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