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Being Grateful During the Stressful Seasons

Life is busy, and with the holidays upon us there is even more hustle and bustle. It can make it difficult to remember the importance of being grateful (especially) during the stressful seasons.
being grateful during the stressful seasons

Stressful Seasons

Even the happiest, most spiritual “have it all together” people go through seasons in their lives when the stress load begins to feel unbearable. Homeschool families are often a one income family, which can make it extra hard to make ends meet.

Today’s families, even Christian families, are not immune to major marital problems or serious behavior issues with children.  Stress builds up.

Having a strong faith does not mean that you do not face incredible problems or that you are a constant solid rock in the storm. On the contrary, it means that WHEN life storms hit and you feel as though you will sink beneath the fearsome waves, God IS your solid rock.

He alone is my rock and my salvation

Stand on the Rock 

Learning to allow God to carry you through, learning to stand on the Rock – is the key. Knowing God is there for you is different than allowing Him to carry you through. There are simple things that you can do, tools to use, resources to tap into – that can make the idea a reality. It won’t make the stresses of life disappear, but it will change how you process and deal with those stresses.

do not be anxious - give thanks

God doesn’t keep this stress processing technique a secret. He spells it out for us clearly, in His Word. In Philippians, He tells us that we should take every situation to Him, by prayer and petition. Petition is a key word, as it means with supplication – an open pouring out of one’s heart and soul to the Lord.

With Thanksgiving

“With Thanksgiving” are the instructions we are given as to how to go about this supplication. We should pour out our heart and soul, as we boldly go to the Throne (not anxiously) and make our requests known. There is something extremely powerful about truly giving thanks. It changes the heart. It heals wounds, it gives peace, and it will strengthen you.

“If you can think of only one thing to be thankful for – begin with that – and repeat.”

Cultivating this heart of gratitude begins with deciding to follow the instructions God carefully provided.

  • If you can think of only one thing to be thankful for – begin with that – and repeat.
  • Find new things to be grateful for, and lift them up in praise to the Lord daily- right in the middle of your storm.
  • Begin your day with prayer, thanking Him for the little things, allowing your list to grow and your heart to open.
  • Sing praise music and hymns to the Lord to nurture your thankful heart.

Being grateful during the stressful seasons isn’t the problem; it is the God-given solution to handling life stress during the tough times.

About the author

Kelli Becton

Kelli lives on the coast of Southwest Florida with her Pro Fishing Guide husband, Mark. They were introduced 16 years ago at the beach, and quickly discovered they had grown up in the same church. They were married on that island beach, and now have three little boys who play & explore there together. She is ever grateful for God's faithfulness. It was in the midst of a booming real estate career, that God called them to homeschool. Once she recovered from the shock, and stepped out in obedience, they have never looked back! The boys are now 13, 10, & 9 years old. You will often find them kayaking, hiking, camping while exploring God’s creation. They share these learning experiences with Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies on the family blog.

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