Faith and Thankfulness

Written by Nancy Predmore

I wasn’t always a positive person. I was more the glass is half empty rather than half full.  Looking back, those times when the glass was half empty, my faith was half empty as well. I always believed in God, that was never a question, but I rarely read my Bible, even more rarely attended church, and offered half-hearted prayers when I needed something. I was not a good example of anything at this point, and I certainly wasn’t making disciples or even being Christ-like in any aspect of my life.
But then something happened. God started answering those half-hearted prayers. I was struggling with infertility in my late 30s. The doctors told me that I would need medical intervention to become pregnant, which wasn’t in our budget at all. And then I became pregnant. The doctor called that pregnancy a miracle…and then I miscarried. A friend sent me scriptures to read. I looked them up and I read. For the first time in a long time, I started to actually read my Bible and listen to God instead of telling Him my plans. I got pregnant again, and I had an easy pregnancy and had a true miracle baby. I started to think that maybe my glass was half full.
After we had Delainey, I thought that life would be great. My faith was stronger, but the Bible and prayer were not part of my life again. Then, we had a crisis in our marriage. We almost didn’t make it through that intact. God had other plans, way better than anything I could have imagined. He heard my cries…even though I hadn’t been faithful in doing the work to become more like Him once again. We did the work to strengthen our marriage. We found a church. I started to live my faith in a real way. I read the Bible, I prayed…really started talking with God, I served at our church. I was feeling pretty good about life. The glass was starting to look half full again.
Then Jim got transferred to southern Indiana…a small town. I didn’t want to go. I fought. I fought Jim, I fought God. I cried…raged really. I went to a dark place. But this time, I kept reading my Bible. I kept praying. We found a church to become involved with eventually. God kept putting people in my life who had faith. Those people were showing me God’s love in so many ways. Slowly, I came out of that dark place. My faith that had been so small was growing. I went on an Emmaus Walk and my faith bloomed. God knew what I needed (He always did), and I was finally ready to listen.

We have had several other challenges since then, but because I finally started to listen to God, I have been in better equipped to face them. I have even learned to be thankful in the struggles because I know that God has a plan. Now, when the challenges start coming, I look at them differently. I pray through them. I ask others to pray with and for me. I read scripture.  My faith is allowing me to finally be thankful in all things, not just the things that I want to happen.  Because of my faith in God, I am able to see the glass as half full!

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

One Response to “Faith and Thankfulness”

  1. Bonita Cadle says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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