HOW TO BE THANKFUL DURING A PANDEMIC

Last week, I mentioned that I had been grumbling and complaining about having to cancel a trip that I had planned since early this year. In fact, I should already be strolling along the ocean with my feet covered in sand at this very moment instead of sitting here in Virginia. I was fully prepared to be sad as I watched my friend leave town and start on the journey. I expected to feel deprived and upset when I saw photos of them laughing and enjoying themselves while still going about my everyday life.

Instead of having the “fear of missing out” feelings, I have peace. I don’t feel deprived at all, and I am not sad or upset. The funny thing is, I know that the Lord said that He would give you peace, but I guess I didn’t really expect to experience it for myself.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

These verses have been on replay for me this year. Anxious, scared, and worried are all words you could use to describe most of us when it comes to the pandemic plaguing the world. Philippians 4, verse 6, reminds us NOT to be anxious about anything, and instead to pray, with THANKSGIVING to the Lord. I think that I had been concentrating so hard on verse 6 that I glossed over how important verse 7 was. I missed that the peace of God would guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

This year has been a tough one on everybody in some way. We have learned to wash our hands to the point of obsessiveness. Social distancing is a new word that pretty much means “keep your distance” when talking to people. And, for some of us, we have a new fashion accessory called a mask, and we have learned to always have several on hand just in case we need to run into a store and grab something.

I don’t want to downplay how horrible this year has been for some. Isolation has been hard, the economy has taken a horrible lick, and the lives lost is staggering. However, even with all of the horribleness, there are so many ways to be still thankful.

Ephesians 5:20

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I know that the silver lining can be so faint, and our hurt and despair so great that it is hard to find. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t still look for reasons to be thankful. What we dwell on grows, so if we dwell on circumstances that we can’t control and make us worry, then worry is what will grow. If we choose to dwell on ways of being thankful, then thankfulness will grow.

Thanksgiving is next week, and even though it might not be the same as years past, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful. I am going to help give you with this task.

  • Family and Friends

I am very thankful for all of my family and friends, and I pray for their health and well being. This year might not be the year to get together, but we can ZOOM, Facetime, phone call, or do a drive-by and say hello to still feel connected.

  • Food

I might burn the bread this Thanksgiving, but I am very thankful for the food that provides nourishment to our bodies. I pray that the Lord will guide those that can provide to those who are in need.

  • Funds

I am thankful that we have the funds to pay the bills and to donate to charities. We need to remember that charities are also struggling during this pandemic, and if we are fortunate enough to have extra funds, we need to give to those in need.

  • Floor Under our Feet and a Roof Over our Heads

I have shelter and a nice bed with plenty of covers to keep me warm. My house is not a mansion, but to some, it would only be a dream. My floors are not dirt, and my roof doesn’t leak… I am blessed!

  • Flushing toilets and Electricity

I remember going to my great-grandparents, who didn’t have indoor plumbing. There are still many places in the world that don’t have these luxuries that we take for granted. So, while you take your cell phone to the bathroom, remember to say a prayer of thanks.

  • Fitness

Do I need to be in better shape? Absolutely!!! But, I have access to doctors and medications that help to keep me healthy. I am thankful for the scientist and pharmaceutical companies who are hard at work looking for new and improved medications.

  • Fashion Blogs/Technology

We have the world literally at our fingertips. Need a recipe for Thanksgiving dinner? Wonder what the weather is going to be for the upcoming week? Want to get the latest news from around the world? Power up your phone or computer and say a prayer of thanks for all of the information we have and take for granted.

  • Faithfulness

The Lord is faithful! Above all else, we should be thankful that the Lord loves us enough to forgive us when we worry, stress, whine, and complain. He is there for us in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. He is always there for us, and this pandemic is no exception.

Psalms 145:17

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.

I hope you have a wonderful day that is filled with many blessings. Take a few minutes each day, and think of three things that happened that day for which you are thankful. This is a great exercise that helps you look back over your day and think about the positives instead of the negatives.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

 

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  1. Patti Smith wrote:

    Great post.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Patti!

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  2. Louanna wrote:

    Great post

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you liked it, Louanna.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  3. Pam Baker wrote:

    Amen!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Have a great Sunday.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  4. Karen Miller wrote:

    A great reminder for all of us! It’s been hard, but we have to be thankful for all the little blessings we DO have!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Exactly, Karen. We do have many blessings and things to be grateful for if we look for them.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  5. Margaret wrote:

    That was an awesome post! Thank You and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving also!

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  6. Penny Jo wrote:

    I always look forward to Sunday morning and your inspirational posts. They are always meaningful, down to earth, and scripture based. I don’t think there are many out there that could not say this has been the most stressful year in memory. And yet, as you point out, we have so many blessings still. Have a wonderful thanksgiving and I will “see” you in the morning!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Penny Jo, you are right…this has been a stressful year for everyone in some way. That doesn’t mean that we haven’t had blessings though.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  7. Rhonda wrote:

    Encouraging reminders!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Rhonda.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
      • Lorie wrote:

        Thank you for allowing me to be thankful for what I have been blessed with. The last three years have been difficult for me, but there have also been rewarding moments and occurrences, for this I am truly thankful.

        Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  8. Patti wrote:

    So many things to be thankful for. Love the post. 💕

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      We are blessed!

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  9. Kristina wrote:

    Thank you for this post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Kristina.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  10. Julie Traxler wrote:

    I just love your heart, Tania! Thank you for reminding me that the Bible is solid…it has successful words by which to live.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      His love endures forever!

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  11. Victoria E Gretsky wrote:

    Thank you. I needed to hear this today!! Love your blog. I’m thankful for your fashion advice all the time!!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so glad that you are enjoying the blog!

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  12. Amen!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Tania!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Lynn. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving also.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  13. Carmen wrote:

    Thank you for this timely post! I find that I can easily get into a habit of grumbling, and yet our Lord has so much grace AND He has provided salvation. At the end of the day, I need to choose to live in thankfulness and praise. Have a blessed day!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      YES! We all have the choice, and it is up to us to choose Thanksgiving and Praise.

      Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  14. Jodi Riddle wrote:

    Thank you, just Thank you.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  15. Diane wrote:

    I look forward to your daily posts, but you really knock it out of the park with your Sunday posts! Thank you!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  16. Sheri Fancher wrote:

    I also look forward to your Sunday post! Thank you for this reminder, in all circumstances, be thankful❤️

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  17. Beth Cutler wrote:

    Thank you for this post today! I am facing some medical problems…not covid…ans needed the reminder to turn my worries over to the Lord.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  18. Carol Chamberlain wrote:

    Thank You! This has been my favorite verse, especially this year.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  19. Gara Doll wrote:

    Thank you so much, Patti, I have been feeling overwhelmed..my son has Civid, and he lives alone…he is coming out of it now, buy my heart has been very heavy. May God grant us all peace, and grace at this time…💙

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  20. Nancy M. wrote:

    Ditto, great post. It has been a tumultuous year. Blessings to you and your family on this Thanksgiving week.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  21. Cathy Landers wrote:

    Thank You for centering me today!!! I’m SO very Blessed and must remember this…☺️

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  22. Donna wrote:

    Beautifully said. Thank you for your gift that you send to our inbox each day. Your blog has helped lift my spirits each day during the past 10 months. I’m thankful for you on this Thanksgiving.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  23. Nancy wrote:

    Thank you for another wonderful message, Tania. We are, indeed, blessed; and we need to remind ourselves to focus on that and not so much on our inconveniences. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  24. Laurie wrote:

    AMEN AND AMEN. Beautifully written, Tania

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  25. Barbara W. wrote:

    Beautiful post!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  26. carla wrote:

    Love your posts….never get tired of looking at all the fashions….has helped me learn how to put clothes together for a better look!!!!!

    Posted 11.22.20 Reply
  27. Charlcy L. Green wrote:

    Love this post reminding us to trust and thank God!!

    Posted 11.23.20 Reply
  28. Cynthia Willis wrote:

    Beautiful reminder of how blessed we truly are. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Stay safe, stay humble.

    Posted 11.23.20 Reply
  29. Jes wrote:

    Thank you for reminding us of all our blessings and our faith in God

    Posted 11.23.20 Reply
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