Staying Thankful

Life is hard at times–there’s no denying that. Bad things happen and flip everything upside down; maybe the same problem has been coming back over and over again, and you’re not sure how much more you can take.

Hard times will come, unfortunately. The question is, how do we get through those times in one piece? First and most obvious, trust in Jesus! He is our Rock, our Stronghold in troubled times.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (Nahum 1:7)

The sun is behind even the darkest clouds--and Jesus is there even in the darkest storms of life!

The sun is behind even the darkest clouds–and Jesus is there even in the darkest storms of life!

Secondly, our perspective and attitude have a huge effect on how we make it through difficult times. If you’re constantly focused on the problems, I can guarantee that you will constantly be stressed, worried, and upset.

Instead, focus on God and His blessings! It can be hard to see past the worries that plague us; but if we can, we’ll see that (1) God is with us even during those hard times, and (2) we are enormously blessed. That’s right! Even when it doesn’t seem like it, we are blessed.

Change your perspective! Stop focusing on the problems, and look instead on how God has blessed you. Do you have a roof over your head, food to eat, clothes to wear? Do you have a family and friends? If so, praise God and thank Him for those things! Here’s one I know you have: Do you breathe? Then praise God for the breath He has given you. Praise Him for giving you life! No gift (outside of salvation) is more precious than that.

Speaking of salvation, praise God for His mercy! Thank Him for sending His Son to die for you, so that you not only have life–you have eternal life!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)



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