There is only one day left in 2018. Very soon, we will all be declaring “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” But if you are told to identify some things you are thankful for this year, how well will you do?
How was 2018 for you? Did you win some battles, get a new job, begin a relationship? Or was it the opposite. Perhaps you lost your job, received a bad health report, had a priced relationship end, or even lost a loved one to suicide.
Regardless of how the year was if we are truly honest, a lot happened (or did not happen) that we can be grateful and thankful for.
Be Thankful for the Good in 2018
Below is a list of things we can be grateful for. As you go through them, think of the many others not listed here and give thanks. The year may not have been the best of years, but giving thanks and being thankful for the things that worked out is a good way to begin the new year.
Remember the saying- “count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what God has done.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works so no man can boast.
Romans 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Psalm 41:3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
Isaiah 53: 5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds, we are healed.
3. Deliverance:Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord and He answered me. He delivered me from all my fears.
4. Good friends:
Proverbs 17:17– A friend loves at all time, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Proverbs 18:24– One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
5. A means of livelihood:
Deuteronomy 8:18– But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirm His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
1 Timothy 5: 18– For the scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker is worthy of his wages.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3– But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
Psalms 4:8– In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me lie down in safety.
So what did God do for you in 2018 or what did He deliver you from? Please share with us in the comment box below.
By His grace, 2019 will come with many blessings.