Hello and welcome to Faith Crafts and Coffee! We are just kicking off our Thanksgiving Scripture Study & Bible Journaling Plan. I hope you’ll join in on this wonderful plan, which is a great reminder to Give Thanks in everything. We are Bible Journaling 1Thessalonians 5:18 and digging deeper into this verse today.
As you can see from the above image I took a lot of notes on this verse. I am not going to lie, I often forget to not be a spoiled brat and be thankful for all the blessings I ‘ve been given. Actually I am always thankful, it’s that I don’t always express my thankfulness, especially to my husband. So this study is going to be great for me!
Bible Journaling 1Thessalonians 5:18
So let’s talk a bit about the verse and the message I heard from it. Remember we all have a different interpretation and aren’t all in the same season so it could mean something slightly different to you. Oh, before I forget I will be using a Christian Standard Bible for this Thanksgiving study.
Give Thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CSB)
1 Thessalonians was written by Paul between his second and third missionary journeys, making this his second letter. He wrote it to encourage the Church in their faith, and to correct misunderstandings about end-time events.
Thessalonican was the capital and major part of the Roman province of Macedonia. Its people were loyal to Cesear, and many were pagan worshipers of idols and known to worship their emperor.
Paul wanted the people to understand that they should give thanks in all circumstances. He also adds that it is God’s will to do so. But he doesn’t stop at that he also tells them that regardless of how difficult their situation is, they can find reasons to thank God.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Verses to support it
Scriptures throughout the Bible remind us we can/need and should be thankful in all circumstances.
Romans 8:28 – We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.
Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
1 Peter 1:6-7 – You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials
so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ
The Difference of Giving Thanks “in” and “for” our Circumstances.
What’s the difference between giving thanks “for” our circumstances, as opposed to giving thanks “in” our circumstances. Do you know that difference? Have you ever thought about it this way? Honestly, I haven’t, so this was something new for me.
Think about these cases, a fender bender where you’re headlight gets smashed. We aren’t thankful for the fender bender but can be thankful for car insurance and the fact that God is always with us. How about illness? We aren’t thankful for the illness, but we are thankful for the diagnosis and the treatment plan for it. Now, what about the things we consider “bad things” that happen to us? We are definitely not thankful for the situation. But we can thank God that He can use the hardship for our eternal benefit.
Interesting isn’t it? Definitely a lot to take in and remember. I think this Thankfulness reading plan is going to be very helpful to me. How about you? I also did a Bible journaling page on this verse too. I’ll explain the process a little bit below.
Bible Journaling 1Thessalonians 5:18 – how I created my page
About 4 months ago I found the Illustrated Faith Journaling Bible on amazon for a great price. It was almost $20 off the original price and I had been wanting one but couldn’t spend $100 on it. So when I saw this deal I got it! It’s still on sale if you wanna grab one too, just click on the link above. With that said this was the first page I’ve journaled in my new bible. So excited!
For this page, I used a lot of things I’ve made with my Cricut. The Little leaves, acorns, and hearts and some of the little pumpkins are from Illustrated Faith’s Gratitude Documented 2019 digital set.
I printed the verse on clear sticky back paper because I am horrible at hand-lettering. For the main focus on this page, I used a tag I made and layered it with a “thankful for” card I got from a swap. Then I added some Gratitude Documented 2018 word-fetti I got from Illustrated Faith’s print and pray area which was free at the time.
Final Thoughts – Bible Journaling 1Thessalonians 5:18
I believe that this Thankfulness Scripture plan is going to be very helpful to me. Honestly, I am looking forward to how much I’ll learn and where I’ll be at the end of it. Being thankful isn’t something we express as often as we should, not only to one another but to God.
We need to remember to Give thanks in everything because this is God’s will for us. Not only should we be thankful in all the good things, but also in the lessons we learn. I hope you’ll join in and walk through this Thankfulness scripture plan with me. If you decide you want to make sure you use #thankfulness when you share your pages, study notes, etc.
I am thankful that God has led you here today.
Have a blessed day!