in the midst

      Every choice to give thanks in the midst of hard circumstances is a step in the right direction -- from the illusion of being in control to the reality of being carried.

“In everything give thanks. . . .” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“This doesn't necessarily mean [giving] thanks for the actual circumstances . . . , but in the midst of the circumstances to offer Him thanks -- thanks that He is in control, that He never sleeps, that His motives are pure toward me. . . .” Barbara Brand