There are times when I need to be encouraged by feeling hope and joy. Even though much has changed and life is very, very different, there are still plenty of things I am thankful for. Day-to-day life can be exhausting and overwhelming. In the midst of feeling as if all you can do is survive certain days, it is helpful to stop and do an inventory of the all the things you can enjoy.
Some days you may wonder what God is up to. Reviewing what you are thankful for can start you down the road to feeling better. Grief is a journey with ups and downs. Hang on tightly and prepare yourself for the marathon of grief. At those times when you find yourself running low on fuel, fill up by composing your own list of some of the things you are thankful for. Here is a list of items that easily and quickly came to my mind as I began thinking on this topic. I am thankful for and enjoy:
The smell of freshly mowed grass
Bright yellow tulips
The hope that love provides
The laughter of children
Spending time with family
A good hug
Teaching and helping others see their potential
An interesting book
A good cry
The chance to sing with good musicians
The kindness of strangers
Studying and discovering treasures in the Bible
A sincere compliment
Finding a great pair of jeans
Remembering the past
Looking forward to the future
Giving today my all
Fresh flowers on my desk
Reading this list gives me hope and makes me smile. It helps me realize that I can still feel good about life. Perhaps you are still wondering if you will ever move past the numbness of loss and the pain of grief. Begin your own list. There is no shame in starting small. Just place down an item or two and add to the list each day. Keep thinking and watch your own list grow.
Until next time –
Grief Letters is available for you to purchase. Having hope and purpose is not impossible when facing loss and pain. This devotion book is filled with lessons learned from my own journey as well as suggested activities written to help achieve forward progress through grief. Place your order today!
Grief Letters By Karen Bransgrove, Published by WestBow Press. You can order here.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869674
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869667
E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869650
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