This holiday season is filled with joy and thankfulness. It feels as if gratitude for everything and everyone is seeping through the air.
But you may be in a state where feeling grateful is the last thing you want to do.
You may be facing serious struggles in your life. Struggles that make you want to forget all about being thankful.
I get it. I’ve been there.
Thanksgiving is a time of pronouncing what you are grateful for. It is a time to remember all of the good things the Lord has done in your life.
But if you are struggling through a dark time, it is sometimes hard to remember the good through all of the bad.
God does not want this for you. He does not want you to sit in misery and be unthankful.
Learning to turn your focus around will benefit you in so many ways.
Look to the little things to find your gratitude. And it may be really little things.
But having a heart of thanksgiving will turn your focus to things above and not to things you are facing on this earth.
Henry Ward Beecher once said that “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
Finding something to be thankful for, even in your struggles, is what the Lord wants of you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“
No matter what you are facing, there is always something to be thankful for.
God’s goodness and love (Psa. 136:1)
His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23).
He created all that you see (Col. 1:16).
You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psa. 139:14).
He has a purpose for your life (Rom. 8:28).
There are so many more things that you can be thankful for, no matter the current season you are in.
If you are struggling through a difficult season, I want to challenge you to find one thing that you are thankful for every hour. Doing this will help you look away from your troubles and see what the Lord is really doing in your life. It will help you control your attitude and make you check your outlook on life.
Another thing you can do is mediate on Psalm 138:
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows form afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Even though you may be facing difficulties, God still is with you. He is still giving you so much to be thankful for, even if it may be hard to see.
If you are struggling this holiday to be thankful, just start with the little things. Be thankful for the things that seems insignificant. Because it will change the way you look at your current situation.
In His amazing love,
What are three things that you are thankful for? Let me know below!