Gratefulness in Difficult Times

Last time I blogged, in September, I wrote to you about finally seeing the fruits of my co-laboring with God to accomplish goals He gave me since surrendering my life completely to Him in the summer of 1998.”  It felt great to know that the good and the bad all had a meaningful purpose in my life.  But, since then, I have been experiencing much doubt and consternation.  It’s been like treading, mentally, through murky water or slowly  moving in a swamp of doubt and confusion.

Have you ever felt like this?  Have you had ups and downs, but things are turning out mostly well or not, in your life, and then you have a change of mood or circumstances?  It can be very discouraging, to say the least.  Don’t fret!  I want you to know that it will not last forever! If you keep your eye on the end goal and not give up, you will reap what you sow, especially when you work for the good of others.

In times like this it’s very hard for me to see the good things in my life, but especially, be thankful.  I am a “glass half empty” kind of gal by nature.  When I’m feeling down or depressed because of certain circumstances my natural reaction is to look at what is not going well.  But, I’m not called to stay in my feelings, as a woman of faith.  I’m called to be steadfast and not give in to all I’m feeling in the heat of the moment.  I’m challenged to move from the natural to the supernatural through the power of God, in Christ.

If you recall, the word I chose for the year was steadfast.  In the last two months of my life many things have happened that have been discouraging.  If I had let my natural reaction to rule my actions, there would’ve have been very detrimental consequences to my immediate family, and consequently to some of my extended family.  But, through the power of forgiveness and God’s love in my life, my family and I are overcoming this obstacle!

Here’s the definition of Steadfast by Merriam-Webster:

Definition of steadfast. 1a : firmly fixed in place : immovable. b : not subject to change the steadfast doctrine of original sin— Ellen Glasgow. 2 : firm in belief, determination, or adherence : loyal her followers have remained steadfast.

 

Instead of sharing all the negative events or thoughts I had (that didn’t even happen), or telling you of the disappointing news I received, I want to share some more positive events that recently took place.  By doing so, you will hopefully be encouraged to not give in to the fears and pressures you perceive, but might not even be true.  And, if one or more of your fears do come true, I pray that you still come out ahead, as a victor, instead of a victim by choosing the better reaction.  I hope to inspire you to keep moving forward, even if it feels like you’re barely moving, and follow your goals or dreams for a healthier and more empowering lifestyle.

“9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you, you mustn’t let disappointment, doubt or fear of the unknown rule your thought life.  Your actions begin in your mind.  What you think will determine what you believe.  What you believe will determine what you do.  And, what you do will not only affect you, but those that you love, and love you.

I know that if I stay in my doubt, negativity or fear of what could be, I will not be successful at moving forward with any of the plans that I believe (with a little less doubt) to be God’s will for my life.  Faith or no faith, it wouldn’t be prudent of me to do so.  Would it?  Despite my good or bad circumstances I’m called to keep my eye on the prize and keep sharing the Love of Christ with you and those in my circle of influence!

Most things worth doing are not going to be easy.  It most definitely hasn’t been easy for me.  What I’m doing through my new nonprofit, TLC Squared, hasn’t been easy, to say the least, but it has been worth it because the main ministry initiative, (COMH-Unity) Support Group, helps families by giving moms with postpartum / postnatal depression the hope of recovery and a place to feel loved and accepted!

Since September of 2018, I’m thankful that I was able to host two Tea ‘n Talks:

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Tea ‘n Talk at Natural Grocers of Littleton, CO

Monthly Ladies TIME-Outs:

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November Ladies TIME-Out – Thanksgiving Fellowship

And finally, I’m thankful for the first Confessions of a Mother’s Heart (COMH-Unity) Support Group Fall Kick-off and Meet and Greet!

 

For the moment, I am not feeling or doubting (too much) the desires of my heart.  I’m feeling very grateful!  But, I know that I can’t trust in myself because my emotions could change at any given moment.  My hope is not in myself.  My hope is in the Lord who is able to do more than I could even imagine or hope for.  Tomorrow I might not feel like I can get through another wave of fear, doubt or disappointing news.  But today, and every day, I aim to choose to believe in the one who holds my future and sees the big picture.  And, if I don’t give up on Him or the plans He has for me, God promises that the efforts I put forth, to help others in His name, will not go unnoticed or be in vain.  So, I chose to be thankful in ALL circumstances!  Will you?

Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17, HCSB)

What difficult circumstances do you find yourself in today? 

Can you see anything;  anything positive at all?  Hold on to that!

Don’t give in to all your fears!  Give your fears, thoughts, and heart to the one who has the power to renew and restore your situation for the better, if it’s in His good will.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(To learn more about how to give your fears, doubts and life to God, in Christ, visit https://billygraham.org/story/how-to-be-born-again/ from the comfort of your phone or home computer today!)

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