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Unconditional Thanks
Nov 24, 2022 08:38:51   #
troyfrd1 Loc: Hampstead,NC
 
Unconditional Thanks
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“Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
—Psalm 106:1
For a time during my childhood, I lived with my grandparents, Mama Stella and Daddy Charles. Every day seemed like Thanksgiving Day at their house because Mama Stella was a great cook. She made everything from scratch.
Of all the things that Mama Stella made, her biscuits were her crowning achievement. And although many in my family have tried to replicate them, no one has been able to.
Now, I never would have thought of eating any of the biscuit ingredients separately. None of them were appealing in and of themselves. But mixed by Mama Stella’s expert hands, those ingredients resulted in the most amazing biscuits.
In the same way, God in His sovereign wisdom has a way of working all things together for good “to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). We may not fully know what the good or the bad things are until we get to Heaven.
But God can take all the events of our lives—the good things and the so-called bad things—and put them in the oven of adversity. And when it’s all done, we can say, “That’s good!”
It’s easy for us to give thanks for what we perceive as good things, but it’s not so easy to give thanks for what we perceive as bad things. Yet I’ve discovered that the difference between the two isn’t always clear, at least in this side of Heaven.
I know people who wished for certain “good things” to happen in their lives, and when they did, those so-called good things destroyed them. Sometimes they included even success. I also know people who lamented over bad things that happened in their lives, but with the passing of time they realized that those bad things were actually good things.
To give thanks to God, we must first realize as Christians that God is in control of all the circumstances in our lives

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Nov 24, 2022 08:58:49   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
Well put Troy, thanks for sharing!
Happy Thanksgiving!
I sure would have liked to have tried those biscuits! 😉

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Nov 24, 2022 09:01:39   #
troyfrd1 Loc: Hampstead,NC
 
OJdidit wrote:
Well put Troy, thanks for sharing!
Happy Thanksgiving!
I sure would have liked to have tried those biscuits! 😉


What you talking about They honestly taste like cake. As a child I would steal 2 and go out back. Later in life she told me she knew and sometimes seen me stealing them. Those were the days. My mom could cook some good ones but it was no match.

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Nov 24, 2022 09:01:43   #
plumbob Loc: New Windsor Maryland
 
troyfrd1 wrote:
Unconditional Thanks
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“Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
—Psalm 106:1
For a time during my childhood, I lived with my grandparents, Mama Stella and Daddy Charles. Every day seemed like Thanksgiving Day at their house because Mama Stella was a great cook. She made everything from scratch.
Of all the things that Mama Stella made, her biscuits were her crowning achievement. And although many in my family have tried to replicate them, no one has been able to.
Now, I never would have thought of eating any of the biscuit ingredients separately. None of them were appealing in and of themselves. But mixed by Mama Stella’s expert hands, those ingredients resulted in the most amazing biscuits.
In the same way, God in His sovereign wisdom has a way of working all things together for good “to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). We may not fully know what the good or the bad things are until we get to Heaven.
But God can take all the events of our lives—the good things and the so-called bad things—and put them in the oven of adversity. And when it’s all done, we can say, “That’s good!”
It’s easy for us to give thanks for what we perceive as good things, but it’s not so easy to give thanks for what we perceive as bad things. Yet I’ve discovered that the difference between the two isn’t always clear, at least in this side of Heaven.
I know people who wished for certain “good things” to happen in their lives, and when they did, those so-called good things destroyed them. Sometimes they included even success. I also know people who lamented over bad things that happened in their lives, but with the passing of time they realized that those bad things were actually good things.
To give thanks to God, we must first realize as Christians that God is in control of all the circumstances in our lives
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Wonderfully said Troy, and God is in control because he has our lives all planned out in advance.

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Nov 24, 2022 09:24:27   #
Randyhartford Loc: Lawrence, Kansas
 
troyfrd1 wrote:
Unconditional Thanks
l
“Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
—Psalm 106:1
For a time during my childhood, I lived with my grandparents, Mama Stella and Daddy Charles. Every day seemed like Thanksgiving Day at their house because Mama Stella was a great cook. She made everything from scratch.
Of all the things that Mama Stella made, her biscuits were her crowning achievement. And although many in my family have tried to replicate them, no one has been able to.
Now, I never would have thought of eating any of the biscuit ingredients separately. None of them were appealing in and of themselves. But mixed by Mama Stella’s expert hands, those ingredients resulted in the most amazing biscuits.
In the same way, God in His sovereign wisdom has a way of working all things together for good “to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). We may not fully know what the good or the bad things are until we get to Heaven.
But God can take all the events of our lives—the good things and the so-called bad things—and put them in the oven of adversity. And when it’s all done, we can say, “That’s good!”
It’s easy for us to give thanks for what we perceive as good things, but it’s not so easy to give thanks for what we perceive as bad things. Yet I’ve discovered that the difference between the two isn’t always clear, at least in this side of Heaven.
I know people who wished for certain “good things” to happen in their lives, and when they did, those so-called good things destroyed them. Sometimes they included even success. I also know people who lamented over bad things that happened in their lives, but with the passing of time they realized that those bad things were actually good things.
To give thanks to God, we must first realize as Christians that God is in control of all the circumstances in our lives
Unconditional Thanks br l br “Praise the Lord! Gi... (show quote)


A good example/analogy would be garlic. Eat a bite of it alone and most would say “that’s horrible”, but put it in your pot of “stew” and it becomes delicious!

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭50‬:‭20‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/116/gen.50.20.NLT

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Nov 25, 2022 11:43:29   #
Papa Jack Loc: Indianapolis
 
Well said

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