Good morning to you!
To start off our awesome annual tradition of having Guest Posters on Mondays through the month of November,Â I am so blessed to share this precious and moving post from CrystalÂ atÂ Wisdom Seeking Mommy Blog.
She touches on a subject that many of us acknowledge is real, for this time of year, but many of us shy away from because it is too hard to admit, or too hard to talk about.
That subject is finding thankfulness when there seems to be so much weighing us down.
Join with me in welcoming this sweet mom of one precious, and dearly loved, child as she writes about her struggle to focus on what is really important in life as she walks through this season.
Itâ€™s good for us to be thankful for what God has blessed us with and to share our thanksgiving to Him for these things.Â But when we are in a season of trials and hardship being thankful can be hard.
Sometimes it feels like we just donâ€™t have anything to be thankful for.
This month as we move into the holidays many struggle more as the things that are missing from their lives are often highlighted.
Family. Friends. Significant Others. Children. Money.Â
But what do you when these things are missing?
What do you do when youÂ feel like you’ve got nothing to be thankful for?!?
One of the first things that people always say they are thankful for is their family.
Which is great and right-Â andÂ I’mÂ extremely thankfulÂ for my family!
But the years we were longing for our family to be blessed with a child, and the years that our children were born to heaven and not our arms, being thankful was very hard.Â
It was just another reminder of our loss and empty nest.
And what about those longing to be married at all?
Or those who’ve lost a loved one?
It’s hard to beÂ thankful in the midst of these trials.
But the Word says we are to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 ThessaloniansÂ 5:18.
How exactly can we do that??
If you’re struggling with being thankful, or feel like you’ve got nothing to be thankful for, here are some things that I’ve learned lately about being thankful when it’s hard.
Being thankful isn’t about what you have – or don’t have!
Thankfulness is often lost because we start taking stock of what we have. Or what we don’t have. This can start out well and good but it can also lead to some pretty ugly places:Â comparison,Â jealousy,Â covetousness,Â idolatryÂ andÂ bitterness.
If you’re struggling with finding something to be thankful for -Â stop taking inventory!
Instead look to our Heavenly Father.
Recently God has been teaching me that we needÂ stop looking at our ourselves (i.e our character, nature, abilities, shortcomings, and stuff!) -Â and start looking at Him.Â Many of us struggle withÂ doubtÂ Â as we take stock of our lives and compare them to others and the world -Â but in our doubt we are forgetting GodÂ – who He is, what He is able to do, His forgiveness, and that He owns it ALL!
The Word says that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,Â who does not changeÂ like shifting shadows.” (JamesÂ 1:17), and that God is generous (James 1:5). These verses are found in the midst of James encouraging those dealing with trials and temptations.Â Is that you?
The Lord has said He is close to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18), and that He keeps track of our sorrows and holds every tear that we cry (Psalm 56:8).Â We can be thankful for that.
We can be thankful that He is the God who hears our prayers (Psalm 18:6) and answers them (Psalm 86:7), who is with us and so much more!Â We can be thankful for who He isÂ – not our circumstances, our blessings or our hindrances – but for Him and Him alone.
Being thankful may still be hardÂ – but when we remember that God holds the future (Jeremiah 29:11), that His promise is that He works all things together for our good (RomansÂ 8:28), and that He cannot lie (Titus 1:2), we can trust Him to help us on our way.
My encouragement and goal this November is to be thankful for who God is, toÂ focusÂ my eyes on Him, so that my doubt Â and worry can fade away and that I rest in the perfect peace that only He can give (Isaiah 26:3).
Join me in being thankful for the Lord and His nature!
I am a….Daughter of the King of Kings, Wife of a great man, and blessed to be Mother to a beautiful baby girl after 8 long years of infertility. I’m seeking Wisdom in this life and blogging about it on my journey through marriage, parenting, finances, health, and more. Come seek Wisdom with me!