Posted by: Toni Sprandel | November 20, 2013

Thankfulness in the midst of Life

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about our circumstances and the verses in scripture that teach us to be thankful in all circumstances.  Many friends are posting on facebook things they are thankful for.  I am grateful for their writings as they remind me; there is much to be thankful for.

Today, November 21st, marks the 8th anniversary of Larry’s car accident that changed his and our lives forever.  Life is not always fair, it is not always fun, it is not always as “we” want it to be.  But, our lives are an opportunity for us.  As a follower of Jesus, we are called to be His witnesses, whether it is in our own small town, or anywhere that we go.  So, to that end, we live this roller coaster ride, being a light in the darkness.

We are thankful that the LORD spared Larry’s life that fateful evening 8 years ago.  We are thankful the LORD has blessed us immeasurably with family and friends that have supported us.  We are thankful for all the financial, material and spiritual blessings we have received these past 8 years.  Life has not always dealt us a “good hand”, but the LORD has allowed us to shine like the sun for Him.  We shine for Him by having a thankful heart.

We have a thankful heart not for the car accident, not for the pain and suffering we have endured; but we have a thankful heart because we have His presence in our lives every minute of every day.  We know that He alone is sovereign over all things and that nothing is outside of His control.  So even though we face trials and tribulations aplenty, we can rejoice because we know we are not in this alone.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 have been my refuge and source of comfort these past 8 years.  I lean on them everyday.  “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I never have to worry about what the LORD’s will for my life is, I read these 3 small verses and I have my answer; thankfulness, in the midst of life.



  1. “It is hard to be thankful to the things that is happening that we don’t want. But when you look back, you’ll be thankful that those things happen for reasons… and PRAISE GOD!” -this comment is for me.. I don’t know why I commented it here, just sharing my thoughts 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate them. 🙂

  2. Much love to you Sister Toni! Thankful for you and Larry! Hugz

    • Many hugs and much love to you also dear sister!

  3. So thankful for your example, Toni. God bless you and Larry as you continue to lean on him in all circumstances!

    • You have been an inspiration to me since I met you in 1988. May the LORD continue to shine through you!

  4. I am thankful for your openness and willingness to share your journey. You are truly an inspiration and an amazing woman of God. Blessings to you dear sister in Christ!

    • You are welcome! Sharing my heart is what the LORD has planted in me, to do for Him. Thank you for always being there and supporting me. I am honored to be your friend and sister. 🙂

  5. Toni, what an amazing and encouraging testimony. I continue to pray for you both. Blessings

    • Thank you Sue, I am grateful to have been chosen by Him to be in His service. 🙂

  6. Toni you shine of HIs courage and love. I am sure Larry praises God every day for giving him a strong and faithful woman, full of Grace. Thank you for being that encouragement to us all.

    • You are welcome. Most days it is a struggle, but I can say with certainty, that the strength I have to face each day is 100% from Him! Praise the LORD! Love you! 🙂

  7. I’ve been wondering how you have been lately. Your witness is wonderful. I pray you have a rich, blessing holiday sweet sister. Thank you for your blog!

    • Thanks Julie. I just needed to take the time off to focus on Larry. We are getting ready for Christmas even tho I don’t do much anymore. Tree is up and a few decorations are out. I just enjoy meditating on the meaning of it, rather than getting caught up in the chaos. Have a wonderful Christmas dear sister!

  8. Hi Toni, just dropped by to let you know I’m thinking about you. I hope and pray all is well. Love you!!

  9. Hug

  10. Toni you are on my heart and you are missed!

    • Thank you Lori! I am glad we were able to connect on FB. Life is constantly changing and I miss you and all of my blogosphere friends! One day I will be back. Love you dear sister!

      • So funny Toni I went to your site just yesterday and wondered if you would ever post again it has been so long. Love you too!

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