Learning to Give Thanks Even When It’s Hard

I can’t believe it’s already December, and yet on the other hand, it feels like we’ve been in 2020 for ages. I was thankfully able to have a great deal of normalcy this year, and though I wasn’t affected in some of the ways my friends were, I still experienced pain and loss too. It wasn’t pandemic related, but it overwhelmed me just the same.

I had been navigating hurt in several friendships, but in this time of isolation, the rifts in my relationships have hurt more. I battled loneliness and heartache. I fought off offense and anger. I can’t say I’m fully on the other side of it all, but the Lord has been sustaining me.

Now, with Thanksgiving behind us and Advent upon us, I’m finding myself struggling to feel what I ought to feel this holiday season. I’m not a pessimist nor am I an optimist. I tend to fall into the realist category. In the midst of the valley, I know what I should thank God for, but it’s also hard to see through the clouds at the top of the mountain to notice all the joy. My heart desperately wants to live in a state of perpetual gratitude, but I often see the lack, the loss, and all that is not yet. There has been some restoration in my friendships, but hopelessness lies in wait to steal any joy the Lord has for me.

I hold both the hard reality of my life and the bits of hope, and I turn to God’s Word to guide me when my feelings can’t seem to catch up. I turn to Psalm 100 and read:

To read the rest, head over to Incourage!

Favorite Finds Friday!

This week is a BIG one! Incourage, Dayspring and Revell Publishing celebrated the release of our new devotional, Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life’s Not Okay!!!

Y’all! It is an amazing resource! I, along with over 40 of my dear writer-friends have compiled real and raw stories of how God meets us in the middle of our heartache and hurt. This book is a tangible display of the Lord’s grace and kindness toward us.

Each story is honest and vulnerable AND points to a very real Savior who is moving and ready to overcome this world.

This book is such a beautiful reminder of how it’s okay to not be okay. God is not surprised by our feelings or the state of the world around us. He simply wants to meet us in that space and meet every one of our needs.

BONUS!!!!

Here is a super FUN launch day conversation with Dorina Gilmore, Stephanie Bryant and Bonnie Gray of Incourage!!!

So, whether you’re like me and have walked through insecurity, hurt in friendship, anxiety, loneliness, grief, hopelessness this year or some other hard circumstances, Take Heart is for you.

I pray you will purchase a copy for yourself and anyone in your life who needs encouragement.

You can grab your copies at Dayspring, Amazon or anywhere books are sold!!!

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