Being Thankful When Your Not Feeling Thankful

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  1. Cindy says:

    Sheila, this was amazing. As you know my sister lost her 27 year old granddaughter less than 2 months ago. Still no cause of death. Lots of questions but “It can be well with her soul” because of her faith.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Cindy,
      Thank You for your sweet words. I will be remembering your sister and brother-in-law and the rest of the family in prayer. Praise the Lord they have a strong faith which makes it well with their souls. I can’t begin to know how they feel, but I know God does. Happy Thanksgiving beautiful friend! I love you!

  2. Susan Evans says:

    I can’t imagine having an empty seat at the table. I am so grateful that even though we are going through difficult times right now, all the seats are filled.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      I’m looking forward to the day in heaven when we all sit around at the wedding feast with Jesus where there are no more tears, but rejoicing!

  3. candy says:

    We are here for our trial and we have to have both good and bad experiences. Decisions need to be made and hopefully we make the good decisions. We mourn for those who are gone because we miss them

  4. Teani says:

    Beautiful. My sister lost her hubby almost three yrs ago and she’s still grieving.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Teani,
      Grief is a hard thing. It is one of those things you can never tell anyone how long to grieve. However, it can become unhealthy and this is where friends and family may have to step in and help. Counseling is a vital tool in going through grief and the support, encouragement, and love of others. Praying for your sister, you and your family as you continue to navigate this process. Blessings to all of you!

  5. Emily says:

    I like your point of not being afraid of saying something even if you don’t know what to say. I struggle with this one!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      It is okay, to be honest, and tell them you don’t know what to say, but that you care. I have learned that sometimes less is more. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Hannah says:

    As my family will be facing our first holiday season after the tragic loss of my Uncle, I greatly appreciate this list! It is helpful, even for me because I don’t fully know how to handle it. Thank you for writing this!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you discover a new “normal”. May your memories be sweet and laughter fill your hearts as you share about your Uncle. It is good to be together to share your thoughts. Blessings to all of you!

  7. Toni Ryan says:

    Well said my friend, well said.

  8. Melissa says:

    Such a beautiful post. The holidays can be so bittersweet for so many. It is important to be a comfort and a support to others in all situations.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Melissa!
      Thank You for your kinds words and I agree with you comfort and support can be life changing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  9. Alice Mills says:

    The holidays are certainly a time of all sorts of triggers. Thank you for the timely post.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Alice!
      Yes, holidays can be a trigger for lots of emotions, but God can bring peace and comfort through each of us if we are willing to share. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Sasha says:

    Tears.😢😢😢 Thank you for sharing. Friends of ours recently lost their son and I think of years ago when my mom had passed away. The holidays are tough. Thank you for your advice.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Sasha!
      Hugs to you dear one! A loss is never easy, but love helps soothe our wounds. Blessings to you and your family!

  11. Merry says:

    As a mama who has lost a child, this is encouraging to read. When we suffer loss, it can be difficult to navigate holidays, etc., because one of the biggest comforts is knowing that those we have lost made an impact and are remembered. Blessings to you this holiday season.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Merry!
      I am so sorry for your hurt…I’m a mama who has lost a child too. I agree recognizing that however long they were with us there is always an impact on our lives of those who have gone before us. Blessings and love back to you.

  12. Julie says:

    The Holidays can be hard for those going through tough times! I think it’s important we pray for those people this time of year!

  13. Cynna says:

    Excellent post, holidays can be hard so this is a good reminder.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Cynna!
      Yes, they can be hard, but we can make them better! Thanks for your encouraging words! Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Kristi says:

    I knew the writer of it is well had suffered a great loss but did not realize that was his story.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Kristi!
      It is amazing how God gives each of us a story to share to bring honor and glory to His name. Even in the midst of such great sorrow and pain, God brings good out of it.

  15. Angelle says:

    That song is my favorite song ever. Being thankful regardless of our circumstances is what brings true joy. Thanks for sharing this real yet encouraging post.


    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Angelle!
      You are right being thankful despite our circumstances teaches us the beauty of our life with Christ!

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