Monday, March 7, 2011
Waking Up to the Rest of Your Life: Gratitude
Your breakup is over. You’ve been processing the pain, feeling your feelings, forgiving, letting go, and more. Now what?
It’s time to “wake up” to the rest of your life.
In the last blog post we talked about rebuilding connection and community, not being isolated and finding friendships again.
You’ve been through a lot to get from darkness to day in your journey from breakup to better days. You’ve survived disappointment, discouragement and maybe even depression. When you arise to gratitude, your heart soars higher than your circumstances.
“Thank you for all you have done for me, Lord!” is the cry of a grateful heart.
As you chart a new course in life, remember the darkness from which you came and thank God for the light—the goodness, peace and joy—you finally have in your heart. Even if all the hurt has not yet been loved away, thank Him for how far you’ve come.
Here are some good verses to remember about thankfulness:
Give thanks always.
“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20)
Give thanks because God is good.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)
Give thanks for God’s unfailing love.
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” (Psalm 107:13-15)
Give thanks because we have victory. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Lord, thank you for a new day. In this new season of my life, help me learn to live “beyond the breakup” and move forward. You have done so much for me and I am truly thankful. Will you help me to wake up to the rest of my life and build community and friendships, find more joy, serve others, awaken to vision and purpose for my life, and trust again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado. Her hope-filled and encouraging books include "Power Prayers for Women," "When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty" and "Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times." Jackie also writes the Living Single blog on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk website.