Giving Thanks When It’s Hard

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I am so excited that the rush and cheer of holiday season in starting tomorrow! These next few months have always been my favorite and I am so “in the mood” to just sit with family and praise Jesus! But sometimes it’s not always easy to celebrate and be thankful.

If you look on any social media, you will be overtaken by a flood of happy people all gathered around their “perfect” dinner table. Smiles and happy hearts fill our feeds. And don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that…but I really wanted to be real in this post…sometimes, it’s not all turkeys and happiness, sometimes it takes everything inside of ourselves to be thankful and we end up forcing ourselves to smile.

So this post is for the people out there who have bad days, who just can’t seem to find a reason to be thankful. This post is for the imperfect people like me. So perfect people, I’m going to ask you to please bypass this post and continue on with your perfect holiday. For my fellow imperfect people, I want to tell you that it is okay to not be happy all the time.  But it’s not okay to not be joyful.

The funny thing about our joy that it’s like the day of Thanksgiving (just hear me out here). No matter what, whether you have the best or the worst Thanksgiving, whether your turkey is delicious or horrible, if you have the best family or you just can’t get along, if you have a million reasons to be thankful or you can’t think of one, no matter what happens, Thursday November 24th will still be Thanksgiving and there is nothing you can do to change that.

The same goes with your joy. Joy and happiness are two very different things. Some days you are in a great mood, the joy you receive and keep with you, from accepting Jesus Christ is joined hand in hand with momentary happiness that comes from people or things in this world. But then there are days when all you have is the joy of Christ. When everything seems to be missing the mark and nothing is going your way. Those are the days when I get into a funk and say that, “I’m in a bad mood” but the truth is, I still have my joy, I still have the joy of salvation and I forget that so often.

If you need a reason to be thankful this year, thank God for creating you, thank Him for orchestrating your life for this moment, and for calling you out of the darkness of your sin. Again, I want to tell you that it is okay to not be happy all the time.  But it’s not okay to not be joyful. So my fellow imperfect people, do whatever it takes to be thankful. Make tomorrow a great day and remember, no matter what comes along your path, you will never loose the joy of salvation just as the Lord is always constant, so is the joy he brings into your life.

XOXO, The Christian Prepster


One Comment Add yours

  1. Linda Burdge says:

    Love being with you at Thanksgiving and so thankful to have you in my life. Thank you for reminding me to recognize the JOY God has given me!!!!


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