Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all that we are grateful for, and to give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives.
But for those who are going through a difficult season or who face seasonal depression – often the last thing they want to do is “give thanks” or put on a smile and say how “blessed” they are.
The good news is – regardless of whatever season you are in – there are always reasons to be thankful – and here are a few ways to help you get into the Thanksgiving spirit – even if you don’t feel like it.
It may be tempting to order takeout and curl up on your couch and binge on holiday movies.
But it’s often the moments when you don’t feel like being with people… that it’s most important to be around them.
The enemy works in isolation – and by cutting off contact from other people you are opening yourself up to spiritual attack.
This doesn’t mean you need to go to a big Thanksgiving bash but consider getting together with a few close friends if you are single, or having a small family get together with your immediate family if you are married and don’t want to feel pressure to host multiple guests.
You don’t have to be fake – but you don’t need to be alone ruminating in your misery either.
Pause And Realize How Blessed You Are
Take a moment and reflect on the simple things you have in life.
Whether it’s a roof over your head – running water – or a hot meal – there are many people all over the world (and even in the United States) who don’t have these things.
Sometimes we get so focused on what we don’t have – that we miss out on all the things that we do.
Remember the enemy is focused on having us live stuck in the past in regret – or anxious about the future that hasn’t yet come.
But both scenarios rob you of the blessings of the present.
Take a moment this Thanksgiving season to consciously think about the ways in your life you have seen God’s faithfulness…
… and you can even write them down to start a gratitude list!
Grow In Grace
Nothing beats spending time with God by reading His Word and hearing from Him directly.
And it is in the seasons of dark valleys where it is especially crucial to take every thought captive into obedience and not allow yourself to go down a path of despair.
Make your personal space a place of peace – and play worship music throughout the day and post Scripture verses around your home.
Go for a walk and get some fresh air and sunshine.
Keep healthy snacks around your home so you’re not tempted to binge on salty or sugary treats.
By being a good steward of your body, mind, and soul, it can help you be at your best – even when you don’t “feel” like it.
We wish you and your loved ones a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
And hang in there! This too shall pass.
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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