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Give Thanks in Everything
by Amy Dagnell

I used to think that God did all the good stuff and the devil did all the bad stuff. So I used to thank God for everything that I saw as good and blame the devil for what I saw as evil.

One day I was reading the scriptures and 1 Thess 5:18 jumped out at me. “Thank God in everything –no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks, for this is the will of God for you” (who are ) in Christ Jesus (the Revealer and Mediator of that will .) I loved God, so I wanted to be in His will. So I said to God, “Lord I will give thanks for everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I really meant it. One day I was dusting and lifted my favourite green glass lamp to dust it and I dropped it!. I just stared at it on the floor. Then I heard God say to me. “Amy are you going to thank me?” I thought “I can’t do that, because the last thing I felt like doing was thanking God, I was so angry with myself for being so clumsy, and I loved that lamp. But again I heard God saying “thank Me my darling.” I said to God I don’t feel like thanking you, I sat down and cried my eyes out and through my tears and gritted teeth I said thank you Lord, I stopped crying and swept up the remains of the lamp. I said “Lord, I didn’t realise how hard it was to thank you for everything.” Over time I learned to give thanks for everything, it got easier and easier. I used to tell my daughter Marina that God wanted us to give thanks for everything. She wanted to know why. I told her it was because God was in charge of everything, so we thank Him for everything.

When she was 14 years old she wanted a bike for her birthday. So I told her “if you save your money you earn each week from your paper round, I will pay half, then you can have a bike.” So she did that. When she had saved up half I gave her the other half. She was thrilled to get that bike, she rode it every where. She rode it when she did her paper round, and left it outside a block of flats and forgot to lock it up, when she went out side her bike was gone, someone had stolen it. She phoned me crying her eyes out and told me what had happened. That evening I sat her down and said “Marina God wants you to give thanks for your bike being stolen.” She stared at me as if I was mad. She ran up stairs yelling. “I can’t it hurts too much,” about two hours later she came down stairs and said “Mum, I just thanked God for someone stealing my bike. “I love God and if that’s what He wants me to do I will. She’s 32 now and as time has gone by it’s automatic for her to give thanks. Marina now has a little 8 year old girl called Katie. In April this year me, my husband Fred and Katie were off out for the day to the beach. Then we crashed into a garbage truck that was swerving all over the road, because its brakes had failed, it was like hitting a brick wall.

The car was a right off. I broke my sternum, Katie and Fred had bruises. Our greyhound was in the back, she was shook up. On the way to the hospital in the ambulance, Katie was saying thank you Jesus! The paramedics were amazed to hear this 8 year old girl, thanking God for the car crash. Katie has been brought up to see God in everything and to give thanks in everything. When you see God in everything you don’t see anything else.