In The Face Of Suffering And Sadness, Remember The Power Of A Grateful Heart

In The Face Of Suffering And Sadness, Remember The Power Of A Grateful Heart

"A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining"

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be an appropriate time to bring up what I feel a lot of us are lacking right now: gratefulness.

When life gets hard and things don't seem to be going our way, the last way we feel like acting is grateful, but maybe we're doing it all wrong.

I recently tried this new approach to taking on hard situations, one that included finding something to be grateful for even in the worst of times. Your response at this point might be, "Well, my life is falling apart. I'm failing a class, my heart just got broken, my family is a mess and my friends are no where to be found, what do I possibly have to be grateful for?" The answer to that question is a lot, you have a lot to be grateful for, no matter what your situation is.

If you're reading this article, chances are you have a functioning phone/computer and hey that's somewhere to start! You have the ability to go to your closest sink/water fountain and be provided water essentially at your fingertips, while others have to walk miles for it. You have a roof over your head and heat to keep you warm as the temperatures are dropping.

The fact of the matter is, even though you have a roof over your head, water to drink and food to eat doesn't mean you aren't suffering. But my point is, when we begin to think of how blessed we are and change our hearts to be grateful hearts, we find pain and suffering a lot more bearable, which is exactly what I experienced when I tried this approach. There was a lot less room for the enemy's input, and a lot more room for God to fill my heart. I was reminded that God is the giver of all gifts. I allowed more room for continuous blessings.

We are daughters and sons of King, the ever present and all providing God.

He has blessed you beyond measure with talents, gifts, love and tangible objects. Even when you are at your lowest of lows, it is important to remain grateful, thanking God for all He has provided you. When we dwell on that in which we can't control, we tell God that He hasn't provided us with what we need, and the truth is, He has, for all that we have has been graciously given to us by Him.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

My challenge to you would be, in the times where you feel you are suffering of faced with a lot of sadness, make a list of all you are grateful for. These things can be as small or as huge, intangible or tangible as you wish, just choose to be grateful for something. There is so much power in a thankful heart. Power to change your outlook on a situation, thus changing the ultimate outcome of the situation. When you feel that your heart is straying away from gratefulness, pray that God would open your eyes to all that He has provided and blessed you with.

“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:1-3
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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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I was created in the image of my Creator,

Yet I am prone to imitate our perverter

He died for me—so that I may truly live,

Yet I give myself to death willingly

He paints a halo over me

Yet I see horns on my head.


Concussed and confused—my mind asks,

Where is my God?

Tormented and torn—my heart yearns,

For its Father.

Scared and searching—my spirit knows,

He is near.


Damn my good intentions,

Damn my wishful thinking,

Damn my justifying mind,

Damn my character.

My God, My God, I fearfully pray,

break this good man—make him righteous.


I have come to understand—

By letting go, I can grasp

By losing myself to you, I fully gain myself.

Show me who I am—

before all the haze of my thoughts.

Moment by moment—forever

you have changed me.


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