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Have you ever found yourself in a pothole of discouragement or disappointment, wondering how on earth to give thanks when you don’t feel like it?
A few Susie Sunshines fill my world. They smile and offer an upbeat attitude to every pitch and unexpected curve ball thrown at them. And gosh, I sometimes wish that were me–especially when disappointment or discouragement hits.
But it’s not.
God made me to be me. And He made you to be you, and goodness, we are works in progress. And His strength? It casts sunshine on our gray.
It’s normal to face disappointment or discouragement.
But whether we journey with it or Jesus makes a daily difference.
God hasn’t called us to offer discouraging remarks or disappointing reports. He has called us to sit, stand, and walk with thanksgiving, even in tough circumstances.
Sounds easy. Check. Reality, however, assures a battle of God-sized proportions, so why not battle with His strength?
Not long ago, I faced a ripple of disappointment. Soon after, a huge, ‘ol wave of discouragement hit. Truth be told, those are the times when I feel weak, lackluster, embarrassed, even “less than.” I consider pulling into my shell, shying away from the solution and straight into the pity of my problem.
It’s a battle, and who wants to broadcast it to the world that we’re struggling? I’ve learned, however, that pulling the covers off darkness is the best way to begin the battle against it. And often, that means allowing others to come alongside us in prayer and support.
So I pulled off those covers and shared the struggle with a circle of girlfriends. They stood alongside me with encouragement and prayer. Even more so, God surrounded us with victory.
That’s our Father.
God grants us victory with and through His strength.
I’m convinced thanksgiving is one of those strong devices the Lord offers for overcoming disappointment and discouragement. In the midst of my bout, He offered a new glimpse on how to give thanksgiving when the “feels” simply remain absent.
Give thanks backwards.
When we look backward, we find thankfulness.
In other words, what one thing, person, or circumstance from yesterday are you thankful for?
Then repeat it tomorrow.
And the next day. And the next day. And the next.
There’s always something to thank God for. (Gosh, that sounds like something our moms would say to us, doesn’t it?!)
So today, my friend, I encourage you to grab yesterday’s opportunity for thanks. Set it as an offering to God, allowing thanks to glorify Him and grow you.
Wiggle past that disappointment and discouragement attempting to wrestle you straight to the ground, and pick up the provisions of God. I’m right there with you, wiggling, too.
I started giving thanks backwards recently. The Lord used those thank offerings to help me step up and out of the wave of discouragement. Will you join me, putting action behind the unction?
Note your backward thanks in a journal.
Recite it out loud to God (“God, I thank you for…”)
List your thanks in the comments below.
Jot it on a paper and put it in a coffee mug or container.
However we handle it, God instilled in us the ability to simply give thanks…even when we don’t feel like it. And goodness, it proves wonders for a girl’s heart.
I’m thankful for you, reader. Make certain to visit the Subscriber-Only Library (password is in your latest “3” Connection Newsletter, in case you’ve forgotten) for a free “thanks” download.
I thank my God for you.
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