It was my son’s sixth birthday. The only one of his 29 birthdays I’ve missed. Since I was home with our newborn that day, Michael and his brother offered to host the party of eight. Eight energetic kids on the loose and full of sugar at a local arcade.
Apparently, after buying them lunch, giving them cake, and supplying them with a handful of tokens, Michael had a run-in with a six-year-old girl.
With hands on her hips and shoulders pulled back, she announced, “I demand more tokens!”
“It’s ungrateful, but not all that out of the ordinary for kids,” I told him. And the more I thought about it, I realized that ungratefulness is not all that out of the ordinary for adults either.
We’re all willing to pray for the things that we want, but few are ready and willing to give thanks for all things. Sure, we may thank God for the big stuff, but do we thank Him for the ordinary blessings we’ve come to expect? Do we thank Him in the midst of our trials? And, do we thank Him when life doesn’t go as we planned?
Billy Graham once said, “A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord.”
Turning my Bible to Luke 17, I find the story of ten lepers who cried out to Jesus. “Master, have pity on us!” they said.
And while He healed all ten of them, only one returned to give thanks. Only one was faithful enough to return.
We all want something from God, but how many of us simply want God? You see, there’s a difference between being healed, and being whole. All ten were healed, but only one was truly made whole by both the inward and outward cleansing through faith.
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Read the story of the Healing of the Ten Lepers in Luke Chapter 17:11-18.
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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