Thank You God For This Day

It started just like any other morning would: Trip to the gym, mom life all day, and some blog work scattered in between. I picked up Russ from work and as I was walking in the door my phone rang, finally. I frantically dug through my purse finding everything except the phone I so desperately wanted. After digging for what felt like forever I answered. “Hello?!” I heard “Is this Emily’s mom?” to which I answered “This is she.” And from that point of the conversation onward things just spiraled and something in me broke.

I stood in the quiet retreat of my closet for minutes after hanging up the phone. It is always the best place to take a phone calls… and to hide. At that moment hiding is exactly what I wanted to do. I braced myself against the wall, the tears began to flow, and I asked the question we all gravitate towards in hard times. 

Why? 

I had told myself I wouldn’t be upset. I told myself it was only a chance. I told myself that if God wanted it to work out, it would. I wouldn’t put my hope in it, I would put my home in God. But when He answered with a no, I crumbled. I felt helpless, scared and angry.

I hid in that closet for as long as I could, but knew I would soon be missed. Dinner time went something like forgotten ingredients, over cooked tater tots, burnt green beans, and a husband who pitched in to do half of the work because I was physically in the kitchen, but mentally somewhere else. The only good parts of the meal were the ones he handled, if not for his help we would have ended up with cereal for sure. In the last-minute chaos to get everyone to the table before the food was cold Marissa asked if I would pray for our meal. Sure, why not! I just wanted to eat.

My prayer started like this “Thank you God for this day” and then I stopped. In my head I wanted to go on but I physically couldn’t continue to speak. My throat swelled, my eyes flooded with tears, and no words came out.

Giving thanks to God in the hard times of life.
Thank you God for this day. 

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Finally I mustered the strength to quickly finish my prayer but afterwards I sat there thinking on the words that had just choked me up. Thank you God for this day. THIS day? This day sucked. Looking back on this day there was no earthly reason to feel any thanks. Yet when I turned to speak to my Father, my heart immediately thanked Him. Call it what you want a routine way to start a prayer or a chance but at that exact moment God used those 6 simple words to speak to me.

I was reminded of the grace he shows us, the love he pours upon us and the faithfulness he has shown us on so many other days and seasons of our life when it seemed like we had nothing to be thankful for.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34

Thank you God for this Day.

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  • Jessica

    Wow, this is a powerful post Beth. Your heartfelt words and honesty really hit me and brought tears to my eyes. My goodness girl. Faith is a beautiful thing.

  • Oh so beautiful, Beth. Praising and thanking God in the ups and downs is so important. Amazing how just a few little words can speak novels.

    • Yes! Thanks Becky. Have a good day with your boys.

  • Thank you friend for posting this today! Today of all days I needed it!

    • It always amazes me that this always seems to happen for someone. So glad it helped you friend.

  • Be thankful in ALL things …. He never said be thankful only in the good things, it’s the good, the bad, the ugly…and scary things!

    • Yes, I need that reminder ALL the time too.

  • Love the strength behind this post and the heartfelt, genuine words.

  • I’m sorry about what sounds like a hard thing to hear. Beautiful post.

  • Whatever it is you are dealing with, you have so much strength I admire in you friend. So much to be thankful for, even if it is the small things.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Even in our most trying days God shows his glory. Though situations and circumstance can be difficult there is always room to praise and thank him.

  • Thanks for sharing your heart, Beth. You are so right! Those words roll off our tongue as our “usual” prayer, but they really are so profound. Each day is a gift, and we should be thankful for it. Praying that your unanswered prayer request is because something bigger and better awaits you & Emily.

    • Thank you so much friend. We are still praying and trusting.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Thanks for sharing this. You are such an encouragement. Seeing you go through hard things with such honesty and grace is inspiring. We all have hard days and I love this reminder to thank God for the good and the bad because God is always good. Thinking of you sweet friend and continuing to pray for your Emily!!

    • Yes he is friend. The world says God is only good when he blesses them with what we want but the faithful know that sometimes a no is for our good. Even when it is SO hard to completely grasp that.

      Thank you for your sweet words.

  • chall1018

    Oh sweet friend! I don’t know what you’re going through, but I am going to pray you through it. God is so awesome! And yes, even though we have hard days we should always remember to thank Him!

    And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    2 Corinthians 12:9

    Thank you for sharing this, friend! You are always an encouragement to me.

    • Thank you so much for turning me to prayer and scripture friend. You are such a blessing to my life and great example of being a woman of faith. Big hugs.

  • You always share your heart when I seem to need comfort or reassurance. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Beth! And hope to return the favor of the gifts you give me 🙂

    • This brought tears to my eyes friend. So often we feel things are just for us so wonder if we should share them. EVERY single time I do, God uses them to help others too. Big hugs friend.

      • I think that is perfectly said! And that is also why God is SO good.

  • Faith isn’t always an easy thing to have but it is such a beautiful thing to be reminded of, amen? Big hugs sweet friend.

  • I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It’s so important to focus on the positive and you do it quite well. XOXO I’ve been on the receiving end of one of those phone calls. I wish I could give you a big hug.

  • You’ve been throw much worse, many “Thank you God for this day” days and you are strong. You are faithful. You are capable of dealing with hard things. I pray that God gives you the strength on your rough days and joy on the days that are worth celebrating. Hugs, JW 😉

    • Bahaha oh goodness I love you lady. Thank you so much friend. I hope your day gets better today.

  • Beth, thank you for sharing your faith. You really have been an inspiration to me in my own journey. I know gratitude goes a long way in choosing joy when we’re suffering. It is so difficult to be thankful sometimes! Continued prayers for you and your family! -Jessica, Sweet Little Ones

    • Thank you friend, that means SO much to me.

  • Amy Smith

    I have no idea how I missed this post, but I am so glad that I was able to read it now, with tears filling my eyes. Thank you for sharing your heart then, now & always. Your faith based posts are so encouraging & uplifting to me. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much Amy. I always feel like I write them for someone other than myself… and usually over boxes of tissues too.