Being thankful when all is right in the world is a lot easier to do than when your world is falling apart. But still God says to come to Him in a state of gratitude no matter what. I believe it is more than just keeping us from complaining but I believe it’s more to keep us hopeful.
I’ve had a hard week at work and I admit that right now I’m having a difficult time remaining positive. I keep telling myself that everything will be alright and “this too shall pass“, but I have to admit that it’s hard to do right now. I tend to feel things very deeply and when I get hurt, it’s evident that I withdraw and retreat until I’m strong enough to move on. It’s a characteristic that Jesus has been working on me about.
So, during this time it is so easy to complain and feel angry and sad about my work situation rather than thanking God even more that I have a job and have health to work it. I have to force myself to verbally thank Him for it and I’ve also been trying to remember the recent blessings He’s done for me.
All of this is so I will recover quicker and get back to being a happy girl. The longer I remain hurt, the longer it’ll take to move past the situation. Fact is, we all get disappointed in life, we all feel pain at different times, but that only means to draw closer to Jesus because during the bad times is when He does the biggest healing.
Another tip I would like to share is keep a journal to write in. Use it to express your deepest feelings to God no matter how bad you feel at the time. I have a journal with devotions each day and a scripture but it gives me the end margins to write and draw in.
Some days I just write what I feel, other days I may feel more creative that I will draw. Tonight, I simply wrote “be grateful even when you’re hurting” and I realized it was a great title for this blog post. I figure there might be someone hurting on the inside and maybe no one even knows how you feel except you and Jesus. Well, talking to Him through writing is quite therapeutic. It helps you release those negative emotions and gives you the hope you need to hang in there and not give up.
You can even write one thing in your journal everyday something you thank God for. This is a very helpful and healthy exercise to eliminate you from dwelling on the hurt. I’m even trying to find the positives in my present situation and thank God verbally for those.
I can’t promise you’ll instantly be okay again…it is a process in my opinion, but I can say that you will get better everyday if you choose to stay more positive while you heal and you’ll come out a stronger Christian than before.