What If I Don't Feel Thankful?


In the midst of a chaotic holiday season or trying circumstances, you might find yourself struggling with thanklessness or despair. One of the many wonderful aspects of the Gospel is that even in the midst of heartache and brokenness, we have so much to be thankful for in Christ, and that our thankfulness can lead us to rejoice and hope though the external world might be crumbling around us.

No matter what your life looks like today, whether it is full of joy or difficulties, take some time to speak truth to your heart. Remind yourself of some of the beautiful promises you have to be thankful for in Jesus. He provides hope when all else may look hopeless and His hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:1-5). 

“My soul cleaves to the dust, revive me according to your Word.” Psalm 119:25


  • God Sent his only Begotten Son to save you
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us - Romans 5:8
  •  In Christ you are Justified
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ - Romans 5:1
  • In Christ you are not condemned
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus - Romans 8:1
  •  In Christ you are forgiven  
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins - Colossians 1:13-14
  •  In Christ you have eternal life
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord - Romans 6:23
  •  In Christ you are adopted
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will - Ephesians 1:5
  •  In Christ you are made new
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come - 2 Corinthians 5:17
  •  In Christ you are being sanctified
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus - Philippians 1:6
  • In Christ you are sealed in the Holy Spirit
 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory - Ephesians 1:13-14
  •  The Lord is Sovereign over all
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all - Psalm 103:19
  • Christ has overcome the world
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. - John 16:33
  • The Lord will not forsake you
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you - Deuteronomy 31:6
  •  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit - Psalm 34:18
  •  The Lord sympathizes with our weaknesses and suffering
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are. yet without sin - Hebrews 4:15
  •  Future glory far outweighs the sufferings of this world
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison - 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
  • The Lord is a Father of mercies
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort - 2 Corinthians 1:3
  •  Every good gift is from our Father
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow - James 1:17
  •  The Lord is our strength and help
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble - Psalm 46:1
  • In Christ is the fullness of joy
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever - Psalm 16:11


Choose one truth that really encouraged your soul today. Take some time and read the whole chapter where that truth is found. Cry out to the Lord with your burdens and thank Him for His great love. 

hope, trialsRebecca & Lauren