Thankful in Good Times and Bad

by | Jun 24, 2021 | Devotional | 3 comments


Recently, I was up all night with an upset stomach due to something I ate. 

I got to thinking about how, for most of us, when we’re feeling fine—free from stomach pain, body aches, joint pain, headaches—we don’t think much about our body. We just expect it to perform and do everything we want it to do. It’s only when our knees ache, or when we’re up all night with a cramping stomach, or we’re down with a pounding headache…those are the times when we notice our body (and complain about it not working right).

Isn’t it the same with God? 

When things are going fine in life, many of us don’t pour out our hearts to Him. Sometimes, we don’t even notice that He’s there!

Why is that?

My stomach ache helped me remember how I should be pouring out my heart during the good times in life, praising God’s name, thanking Him that there is no problem that needs immediate intervention. 

Is it just a coincidence that life is good and smooth at the moment? Probably not. It’s because God is blessing me, protecting me from harm, and working things out behind the scenes. I want to be grateful for clear skies and smooth sailing. Because, soon enough, the water will get choppy and I’ll need His help.

And I can use this “problem-free time” in life as an opportunity to pray for others who are going through big trials. We know they reciprocate the prayers when it’s our turn.

I don’t know about you, but I want to get in the habit of pouring out my heart to God with just as much energy during the good times as the bad.

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.


  • Sister Stefanie Callens

    Sister Stefanie lives in beautiful Colorado, where winter is not as bad as everyone thinks, with husband Chris, two beautiful daughters, and Jersey the dog.


  1. Rafaela Martinez

    Yes thank God for all the blessings that he does for us is true sometimes we think of him when we’re sick and not when we well but I think God for everything he does for me and my family God bless you🙏🙏

  2. Brother Gary Thompson


  3. Christina DiCenzo

    So true Sister. However, the older I get the more, I’m like; “Praise u Lord something is not hurting today!” Maybe with even more zeal-hahaha. Am I showing my age yet!
    God bless you! 😂🤪😊


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