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Give thanks in all circumstances…

"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

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On June 10, 1996, our first daughter, Hillary Noble, was born.  She was adorable!  Big brown eyes.  Dark brown hair.  Marty and I never argued about who was going to get up and feed her or change her or rock her to sleep.  She was our little gift from God, and we were thankful.  On November 6, 1996, Hillary passed away from a brain tumor.  It was the most difficult time we've ever gone through in our lives.  I can't tell you that we never struggled.  We did struggle.  But I can tell you that we continued to be thankful to God.  We were thankful for the time we had her here on this earth.  We were thankful even for those last moments when we got to hold her in the hospital.  And even today, we are still thankful to God for our baby girl, Hillary.  It's been 17 years since she passed away, and we know that she is in heaven.  And because of the saving power of Jesus Christ, we know we will see her again one day.  And for that, we are truly thankful.  God is so good!  We don't deserve it.  We can't earn it.  He is good to us!  That is why we really need to take to heart the words that Paul shared with the Thessalonians: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  Thank You, Father, for loving us and blessing us at all times:)

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