By: Elle Buell

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

There’s no one in the world I love more than my husband, Travis. Somehow, this man whom I love so much knows exactly what buttons to push to get me aggravated, frustrated, and annoyed. This happened the other day, and I was fed up. I thought to myself, “He doesn’t even know how good he has it with a wife like me. God needs to wake him up, so he understands just how blessed he is...”
In the middle of my “pity-party" slash “self-appointed Wife of the Year award” I was throwing for myself, God woke ME up instead. That still, small voice spoke so loudly to me and said, “Remember your friend from college that lost her husband to cancer unexpectedly? She would love to have him back for even a day to push her buttons. Your friend whose husband has been deployed for the last 11 months without the ability to contact her would be thankful to have an annoying husband around. How about your friend whose husband left her? She would relish these frustrating moments, if her husband would just come back to their family.”

I stood in my kitchen crying, repenting for my ungrateful attitude and asked God to help me to be more thankful for His blessings in my life and patient with the small things. This scripture reminds us to praise God for everything! It doesn’t say to “rejoice when it’s easy” or “give thanks in only good circumstances.” God instructs us to rejoice ALWAYS, pray ALWAYS and give thanks ALWAYS. Sometimes our attitude needs a “perspective adjustment,” and that often comes through ugly moments. When you find yourself irritated or upset today no matter what your “relationship status” might be, I challenge you to be intentional about your gratitude for the blessings in your life and stop to get a better perspective. It just might turn your day around entirely!