Hey friends!! Happy Friday! I am so very excited to see you this week because *drum roll* today is a guest post! Now I’m a little partial to this guest. She raised me, taught me everything I know, and loves Jesus with all her heart. I am so excited to share with you my momma’s words of wisdom. Enjoy!
We are now less than a week to Thanksgiving! Some of you are looking forward to the break in your routine, visiting with family or friends and of course eating. We are big foodies in our family and love that so many of our favorites will appear and all in one day! Kelsey has really been challenging us with seeking gratitude in this harvest season but what about when your “normal” has been stolen and coming together for Thanksgiving only reminds you of the normal you used to know?
My normal has changed a lot in the last few years with all my kids leaving home and moving to two different states. But I don’t think my normal really got rocked until last year when two people dear to me were walking through divorce. It gave me a whole new perspective on facing the holidays with your “new normal.” My one friend wanted to avoid any time of gathering as it reminded her of previous memories when her family was still a unit and it would be her first holiday without her children.
So how do we find gratitude when we want our “old normal” back? We turn to the promises of God. As believers, we know that this unexpected not always perfect world we live in is not our home.
“Our citizenship is in a greater, coming Kingdom-a Kingdom we will only know in part while we live here on earth.” Phil. 3:20
I am thankful this world is only temporary.
When we suffer we become depressed and lonely. But God’s love for us means He does not leave us alone.
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” Psalm 34:19
I am thankful for hope. I am thankful that future hope allows me to trust and praise God in my present circumstances.
And for those of us who are loving on someone this year who needs hope remember, people who are suffering are seeking companionship. I don’t have answers for why God has changed your “normal” but I do know God is at work. Hang On!
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
According to Matthew 11:29-30, we are yoked together with Jesus. This sounds like work to me but the beauty is we are connected with Jesus. We share in His sufferings and He shares in ours. We aren’t doing it on our own! Praise God!
I am thankful to be suffering if it yokes me with Jesus.
May we all be thankful to be yoked to Jesus. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and may the light of Jesus shine from you as you celebrate.
Diane Massey resides in Southborough, MA. She’s married to one great guy and the mother of three independent young adults. Mountains and waterfall are near and dear to her heart, as well as all things Jesus. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her fur babies.