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When It’s Hard to Feel “Blessed”

Feeling stuck?
Feeling hopeless?
Wondering “Why?”
Peace isn’t impossible even for you ❤
I hope this gives you a lighthouse in the storm ❤

In life, circumstances occur where it makes it very hard to even see “blessings.” We feel guilty for not practicing gratitude (or feel angry at the thought of it) and everyone in your circle seems to only offer: “you’re so blessed! And a thankful heart makes you happy.” But what about when you don’t feel happy enough to give thanks?

Maybe it’s a job circumstance, or a relationship, or a big change like a move, or a sickness. Sometimes, all you really want is to vent to somebody. But what about when there’s nobody to vent to?

When it is hard to feel grateful and when you have nobody to vent to, and the “why”s in your mind overwhelm everything else and the pain feels like it might swallow you entirely, grab hold of this lifeline: You are able to rest in God.

When none of the rest of the world wants anything to do with you and everything seems hopeless, lean into God. Lean on him. And know that he is reaching out to you too.

Do you ever wish you could have the carefree life of a happy child? What do you think makes a happy kid? What does that constitute of?

A few things you might name are:
Safety
Security
Consistency
Warmth and fullness and wellness
Freedom
and HOPE.

Children have an incredible reservoir of hope. Why? Maybe because they haven’t been met with enough of the world to slowly have that dragged out of them. But here’s the thing. They still lived in the same world you do. With all the dark things out there. Some kids who grow up in horrible homes, still have a fire of hope in them, even if it’s only buried deep inside. It comes as that craving to find peace and warmth and life.

Maybe it’s scary to find hope, for fear of disappointment, but truly, it is better to have the hope of a child and realize that God sees way more of the journey ahead than you do, and to rest in him, than to keep taking the tangles of your life in your own hands and turning them over and over asking a “why” that can’t be answered by your own understanding or another limited being.

God knows the answer to your “why”s. He knows what is up ahead, and he knows the way out of your circumstance.

“What if he never gets me out? What if none of this is ever fixed?”

Then what will anxiety do? Is it better to wonder and worry and seek out unanswerable answers, or is it better to just relinquish the power to God (which he already has) and simply leave the outcome to him?

And, absolutely, anxiety is not just a “oh don’t worry!” *Poof, never worries again* kind of thing, but when that worry creeps in, remind yourself of the power of God and acknowledge those things as absolute and sure truth:

 Thank you, God, for knowing

Thank you, God, for seeing what’s ahead

 Thank you, God, for faith and hope

 Thank you, God, for letting me rest in you

 Thank you, God, for loving me when I mess up

 Thank you, God, for wanting my heart

 Thank you, God, for not seeing me the way I see myself

Not only will this uplift your spirit, even if slowly, it will begin to plant peace in your mind and rest in something that is beyond the circumstance that drowns you. God can be your lifeline even if the waters never drain.

Speak truth to yourself. Speak hope, rather than hopelessness. Your human sight can only see the mess in front of you, so walk by faith. Even just a strand of faith, no matter how taut, is far stronger than a snapped cord of hopelessness.

Don’t let your resistance toward thanking God for your circumstances or what you see or what you think you know, prevent you from seeing the power of God. Thanking him for the valuable things mentioned above can lift up your heart with hope and remind you of truth when your circumstances seem impossible. Nothing limits God ❤

Comment down below what you are struggling with and let me advocate in prayer for you. You are very important and valuable and worthy of being loved well.

Love, A.M.M.

By Alyssa McClure

Popp!nTalk is a place I share all of my love and positive thoughts to stand out from all the negative and give you a place to put up your feet and rest- Whether that be during the workweek or on the weekends. Easy, quick reads to give you a smile and something pleasant to think about. Unique, entertaining, positive. Live on :) #loveisaverb

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