Thankful

This time of year is usually difficult for a lot of people. Even though there is a lot of activity going on there is still a group of individuals who struggle with being alone during the holidays. You see them smiling but on the inside there is a hole waiting to be filled. Sometimes they could be totally alone with no family or friends close to them but other times they could be surrounded by loved ones and still feel alone. I understand their pain because I feel that way sometimes…I felt that way yesterday.

A wave of loneliness overtook me and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head and cry…and I almost did but I then remembered the sermon I heard earlier that day and I reminded myself that while I may feel alone God is always with me.

And so I just want to say how thankful I am that I know Jesus and have a place to worship every week. I’m thankful that I have family and friends that love me. I’m thankful I have a job I enjoy going to everyday. I’m thankful I have a roof over my head. I’m thankful I have a car that runs. I’m thankful I’m able to pray and worship without threat of being killed. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to pour into people’s lives. I’m thankful that everyday God wakes me up is another day to honor Him. I’m thankful that my heart is so filled with love & joy that all I want to do is share it.

I’m thankful for every minute I have.

My prayer is that we all take time to thank God for all we have and that we let our families & friends know how much we love them.

So tonight as I crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head I may cry. But it won’t be a cry of loneliness it will be a cry of gratitude…

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High” Psalm 7:17

“In that day you will say: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

7 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. Great read! Im reading the other ones too!!!!…. everyone feels alone every now and then, but because we have God and our belief in Jesus the savior of our sins to save us we are truly never alone because of the intangible pursuit of happiness we have. It is also one of our motivation to keep going in life. Life is something we can not control, but our own happiness. Natural disasters occurs that we cannot prevent, disease grows that can not be cured, but the happiness of a person can be determined by the person it self. It’s okay to cry. Tears need to come out. Even if it’s over happiness or sadness. I too felt the way you felt recently. But as you said, we think of all the wonderful people and things and all we are blessed with in this life and the loneliness we felt isn’t so lonely anymore.

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  2. Thank you for sharing! It is so important that we realize the loneliness we feel sometimes is only that – a feeling. We are constantly surrounded by God’s love and the love of family and friends even when it’s impossible to see in the moment.

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  3. Yes this time of year can be difficult for many. It can also be an eye opener for some and we begin to thank God, just as you did for all we do have, and not focus on what we don’t have. I’m sure we all have had that feeling of being alone at some point in our life. I like the fact that you immediately took control of your feelings and gave thanks to God Almighty. I thank him that
    you are my daughter.

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