Inside: Here is the secret of how to be thankful when you feel weary. Even in the midst of hard circumstances, God still extends blessings to me and my family.
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(John 15:11, NLT).
11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
The season of Thanksgiving was here. And honestly, being thankful was the furthest thing from my mind. I had just been through weeks of struggles.
Kids, family issues and just days of hard things had me weary and wanting to bury myself under the sheets of my bed.
Thanksgiving Day was here, and while I should be feeling thankfulness and appreciation, I felt tired and blah.
Thinking Thankfulness Even When You’re Weary
The family was around me, the table was filled with good food to eat and our roof was keeping out the rain and the cold. Everything on the outside of me was signs of blessings, but everything inside of me was reeling from a place of hurt. The pain was prolonged, and gratitude was hard to muster up.
That day, I smiled my way through the small talk, the meal and mimicked everyone’s festive mindset, but it wasn’t the way I really felt.
How do you choose thankfulness and joy when you’re weary inside?
The honest truth is we are going to have years and seasons where we aren’t feeling the festivities of the holidays. And that is OK.
When we live in a sinful world, we are going to find ourselves in hard times. What we need to remember are these truths!
4 Truths of God when You Feel Weary and Worn-out:
- God is faithful.
- He never changes.
- Feelings will constantly change.
- My feelings will confuse, twist and lie to me. (Satan is all too happy to join in the punching session also).
I don’t know about you, but hearing these truths comforts my heart. My expectations of the Holidays is to have this magical experience and live them out like Hollywood portrays in the movies.
What a let-down when my reality is nowhere near the movie screen version.
After the holiday convenes, I’m left feeling like I missed out or didn’t experience the holiday like everyone else did. Guilt and shame like to make me feel even worse about my lack of enjoyment.
God still Blesses us Even in the Midst of Weariness
Here is where God’s grace comes in. Even in the midst of my feelings and the hard circumstances that might plague me, God still extends blessings to me. The family present, the spread of food on the table and the shelter to keep me warm and protected are huge blessings even if my heart isn’t in the festive mood.
The truth is, tough seasons will continually come here on Earth. We are promised to experience them in the Bible. While the human side of us might feel like we’re missing out, the soul side of us knows that God is using all of this to grow us.
(John 16:33, NLT).
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Choose to be Thankful When You Feel Weary
These seasons strengthen our faith and cause us to be refined like Jesus. God has pre-filtered out what we will experience and learn in these seasons. He’s making us the best we can be.
It’s easy to practice joy and thankfulness when we are elated at life, but it’s faith-building when we display it in the midst of the mess. Even when our heart doesn’t feel like the festive mood everyone else is in.
Thankfulness is a choice. We have to choose to experience it. It’s a deliberate action on our part. We can practice being grateful even when we don’t feel like it inside.
We find our ability to display these fruits of the Spirit when we are in a daily, intimate connection with our Savior. The close encounter we build will help us traverse the great seasons and the seasons that stink.
We will find a joy for living and a thankfulness that surpasses all the chaos and sinking lows.
This post is shared as part of a Gratitude series at Sun Sparkle Shine,