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1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

Having a grateful heart is something that Paul writes about a lot in the Bible. 

Whether we are on a hill or in a valley, we are called to continuously praise God, despite the circumstances around us. 

There have been many times this felt so difficult for me to do. Just a few months ago, I felt so discouraged. I was hurt. Worldly plans weren’t going the way that I imagined them to and I felt angry. That anger numbed me and hardened my heart, making it difficult to receive and give love. 

But God. 

He heals.

He freed me of the lie that I was undeserving of love and purified my mindset. He provided and blessed me with a relationship that honors and glorifies Him. 

He will continue to heal you and bless you too. 

Numbers 6: 24-26 “the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” 

If you are in a valley, praise him anyway. Even when you don’t feel like doing it. Especially when you don’t feel like doing it. There is so much growth and healing in inviting Jesus into your journey. 

Count your blessings even when they feel minimal. Remember your lows when you feel that you are on your highest hill. Give praise to the one who provided it all. 

In Deuteronomy 31:8 we are reminded that we serve a God who will never leave. 

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Be encouraged by his promises. Give him praise for keeping them. 

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