It’s Thanks Giving week, US friends; the season in which we all take extra time to be thankful and express our gratitude for the sundry blessings that God has bestowed upon us in His great mercy. To be honest with you, I didn’t start out my week very grateful. As I began to see the “thankfulness” posts pop up on my FB feed this past Saturday & Sunday, believe me, all I was thinking was that I wanted this week to be over and done with ASAP. Why, you ask?
For months I had my heart set on the way we would celebrate Thanks Giving this year. It all seemed so perfect… so, so perfect. It would be the highlight of the year for me. But then, circumstances outside of our control made those plans fall apart, and I was pretty let down. I got over it in a few days, and tried not to think to much about it. Now, Thanks Giving week has rolled around at last, and I’m confronted with the disappointment again. And believe me, the last thing on my mind is gratitude.
It’s funny how we can let one seemingly bad thing blind us from all the rest of the good in our lives. How “conditional” our gratitude can be… “Only so long as I can have everything my way, then I will be grateful.” That’s how my week kicked off, and the thought of turning around my thinking and letting go of that which I couldn’t have was discouraging to say the least. Can you see why I wanted this week to be over and done with? I wasn’t looking forward to the trial ahead of me. The trial of searching my heart for the gratitude, and dumping out the discontentment.
But I am grateful. You want to know why? Because our original plans, those plans I had had my heart set on so much, did crumble. I’m grateful because now I know that I was not meant to have that thing; that in God’s perfect plan, it wasn’t His will… And I will be all the better because of it. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but by jingo, I’ve got to swallow it. And not only “swallow”, but rejoice in it as well, no matter what. God doesn’t call us to be “conditionally joyful”, but “continually joyful”. Finding joy & gratitude no matter what happen to our hopes, dreams, desires… our own selfish will.
So, if you are discouraged by the Holiday season that is fast approaching us, if your plans don’t work out the way you hoped; know that I get you, I know where you’re coming from. But know even more that God has your very best interests at heart, and no matter what happens, as His child, you will be better, stronger, and wiser because of it.
Coat: ModCloth (old) / Sweater: Thrifted / Shirt: ThredUP (take $10 off your first order!) / Skirt: Handmade / Boots: Timberland (via Amazon) / Earrings: Clothes Mentor / Lipstick: Ulta Lip Cream in Vivid
So what am I grateful for this year?
- New friends & family
- Many trials to sharpen
- Overwhelming joys to rejoice in
- New mercies every morning
- Healing and maturing
- Wonderful memories to relish, reflect, and learn from
- Real leather, rubber, deliciously discounted boots 🙂
- Best friends to strengthen and stand by you
- Beautiful music, and the ability to make it
- A healthy body, and a healthy soul
- Blemished skin, to remind me that beauty starts on the inside
- Love, no matter what.
What are you grateful for this year?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister