When Thanks-giving is Hard

Hi everyone~  And a Happy Thanksgiving to each of you.


When Thanksgiving is hard. SmellingCoffee.com

Isn’t this quote above so true?  Among the hundreds and thousands of people and things for which I am grateful, I am so very thankful to the Lord for you and for this blogging platform He has given me. 🙂

Yesterday I was thinking about you and this Thanksgiving holiday, and of how holidays are especially hard if (or when) life isn’t necessarily “good” at the moment, or family isn’t functional, or nearby… and sometimes, it’s just down-right-hard to celebrate Thanksgiving.

If you find yourself having a hard time today, I’m praying for you, and want to encourage you with something God gave me yesterday.  (I hopped on Periscope for the first time to share it, and am still learning how to “scope like a pro” –  it’s also on YouTube in it’s most raw Periscope form – AND… its turned sideways.  Oh well.)

((We’ll talk about Periscope on here as I learn more hints and helps to share about it.  The videos will last only 24 hours, that’s why I added it to Youtube. If you scope, let me know.  I’d love to follow you and see you face to face. ))

The gist of the message is that no matter who we are, or how privileged we are or are not… every one of us can counsel our hearts into an attitude of Thanks-giving when we fill in the blanks below:

Fill in the blanks to find your Thanks-giving. SmellingCoffee.com
Though I don’t have __________, I DO have __________.  And for this, I am truly grateful.

Though you may not have {whatever it is that you are feeling downcast about today}, you DO have {look around you… what DO you have?  Your mind?  Your health?  A roof over your head?  Clothes?  Community and Encouragement via cyberspace? People in your life who care about you – physically kin to you or not?, etc…}.  And for those things, especially on today, be truly grateful.

The eight minute message from Periscope and Youtube is here (in case you can’t see it below).

Oh my friends, what is it that God has given you today? What do these 24 hours hold for you?  Will you do like the Psalmist in Psalm 42 and 43 and counsel your heart not to be downcast, but to put your hope in God instead and to praise His Holy Name?

You are loved and valued, both by God your Daddy, and by so many on this planet.  Truly.  May the Lord bless you as you bless Him in your Thanks-giving today.

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!
Psalm 42:5 (NLT)


About SmellingCoffee

I'm a Jesus-loving, husband-loving, family-loving minister's wife and mom to two college kids, making our home and serving our Lord in the Mississippi Delta. I study, teach, speak, and write for the greatest Boss in the universe. "Faith, Family, Food, Fun, and Living Life brewed in the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ in every place": That's what you'll find at SmellingCoffee.com