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Hoarding Happy Thoughts for Rainy Days

Several years ago, my friend got engaged, and I was unprepared to hear it. I was not in the same place and wanted to be, so it was hard. I felt guilty being envious and couldn’t get out of my funk.

During my next prayer group, I had people share what they were thankful for, knowing I needed a dose of gratefulness myself. When my turn came, I stared at my feet. My gold sparkle shoes glinted in the sunlight. I chose to be thankful for them. My $15 shoes from Payless were all I could see even though my health was good and my job fine. But my shoes were a starting point. God pulled me through that time and showed me beauty in my situation.

I love how God meets us where we are. Maybe you are experiencing a rough time now, thinking you have few causes to rejoice. Perhaps you are staring at your feet, wondering how to feel good again. Ask God to show you what He has already done for you. Find ways to practice thankfulness. When we remember the great things God has done, it brings hope in dark times.

When times are good, hoard up happy thoughts for difficult days. The same way you are advised to have a rainy day fund of money in case bad things happen, stockpile good memories. Write them down so when you can’t think of anything positive, you can revisit the list and remember all God has done. Pick at least five things that remind you of God’s abiding love for you.

Once when the children of Israel returned to the Lord after a time of disobedience, they implored Samuel to pray for them to defeat the Philistines.

After a triumphant battle, “Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’” 1 Samuel 7:17 (NKJV)

The children of Israel set up memorials after encountering the Lord’s provision. These stones were designed to help them remember God the next time an issue arose.

David also excelled at remembering God in rough times. He often started a psalm in dismay, only to change his song after recalling all of the Lord’s blessings.

David said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds.” Psalm 77:10-12 (NKJV)

We are not only to think about God’s goodness, but also talk about how great God is with others. This encourages them and provides them ways to remind us of God’s work when we are down.

Remembering what God has done breeds gratefulness. Thankfulness is a spiritual weapon that brings peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God’s peace comes from thankfully acknowledging all God has done in our lives so far.

God hasn’t brought us this far to drop us on our heads. I pray you find your happy thoughts nestled deep in God’s provision for you. May they sustain you through the ups and downs of life. If you are in the storm, ask God to shower gold sparkles of joy on you. Let His hope carry you through to the light.

Copyright © November 2018 Joanna Eccles, used with permission.

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