Give Thanks for The Fleas

Give Thanks for The Fleas

Gratitude in Every Moment
Give Thanks for the Fleas

Let the redeemed of the Lord say:

Give thanks to the Lord, for what He has made!

For the Earth and the Universe and all who dwell in it!

From the finest of fleas to the largest of stars!

For the least of these is greater than us!

Give thanks for the fleas, the ones we despise

For they test us, the ones who think we are wise!

Let them bite us and smite us until we can love them,

until we can find enough room in our hearts!

Give thanks for the pain, the sorrow that keeps us company

For one day they will depart, and let us be happy!

It should be well with our souls among the tempest turns,

Planted solidly upon the rock of life, as ferns!

Seek always to do good in the name of the Lord,

and to give thanks in all of life's moments:

The Good, the Bad, everything mentioned in the Word.

Give thanks for the living!

Give thanks for the dying!

Give thanks for those we find beguiling,

and the few we find appalling!

This new poem of thanksgiving came to me after hearing a chapel of Thanksgiving at Roberts Wesleyan College. This chapel included an excerpt from The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, that described her journey with her sister in a concentration camp. The particular excerpt recounted how she and her sister came to give thanks for the dire circumstances of the camp, through divine inspiration via the final instructions of 1 Thessalonians 5: give thanks in all circumstances. We often forget to give thanks for things that are not desirable, or are not pleasing. This week, take a moment to give thanks for someone who has hurt you, or something that has not gone right, and find a way to better love that person or optimize the circumstance.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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The Grief Is Never-Ending, But The Memories Last Forever

I miss my mom everyday, but I know she is looking down from heaven.


Have you ever lost something? Have you ever lost something that you thought you couldn't live without?

I have; I lost my mother when I was 17 years old. I always imagined that I would grow older before I would have to experience the pain and grief of losing a parent. Our lives can end in an instant and we never know when our last day is. There is not a day goes by that I don't wish I could have a hug from her or tell her my troubles. There are so many unanswered questions that I wonder about.

Even though cancer took you away, I am glad you aren't miserable or suffering. Not a day goes by when I don't miss or think about you. I miss all the ways you used to make me smile. I know you are looking down from heaven and watching me become the person I am today. I hope you are smiling and happy about the choices I am making, and I hope you know that you will be happy with what I choose to do in life. Our family is not complete without you.

Mom, I can't express how much I miss and love you. You were truly a wonderful woman and mother, but our time got cut short. There are so many memories in the future that I wish you could be apart of.

Heaven gained an amazing angel. The stars aren't gas forms. In my mind, they are something more magical. People die every day, and to me when they die they go to heaven and as angels, they shine brightly in the night sky. To me, the stars are just angels glowing in the night sky.

A big piece of my heart lives in Heaven, and she is my mom.

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