Learning Gratitude When Life is Tough

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Are you in a situation where you are discontent with circumstances? Have you ever wished that things could just turn around? We could waste our lives wishing that situations were different. We must learn to be content where we are during the times when life is less than desirable. The Lord uses every circumstance of our life to teach and mold us. However, when we feel stuck in our circumstances, we can’t let negativity take root. There is one important step we can take to help us find peace in our circumstances: praise and gratitude.


It might be difficult to praise if you’re unhappy in your current situation. Try to use a Psalm for prayer, or put on some good praise music. Worship God for Who He is. When you start to praise God, things to be grateful for likely will come to mind. You’ll be amazed as you remember the blessings and His faithfulness in the past. Once you get started, you will begin to focus on positives in your life. Your perspective will shift. Praise won’t change the circumstances, but it will show you Who is in control and the positives that are present in your life.unsplash.com

Each of us has been given so many good gifts, if only we take the time to recognize them. The circumstances that we loath today may one day turn to our joy. Consider the person who doesn’t get the job they really wanted—and later finds out how corrupt the company was and that lay-offs were imminent. We don’t know what our Father is doing. We must praise Him regardless, and trust. Romans 9:20 tells us:  But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” The circumstances of today are nothing compared to what God is molding for the days ahead.

Praise can never steer you wrong. It will strengthen your relationship with your Creator and your awe. It will also bring you a more positive mindset and a focus of the positives in your life. Praise leads us out of the valley of bitterness. Praise leads to joy, gratitude, and the loving arms of our Heavenly Father!



Lianna Mueller

Lianna Mueller

Lianna is a case manager for refugees in Ohio. Becoming "the best version of herself" and inspiring others to do the same is her aim. She enjoys writing, learning about other cultures, and trying to pick up other languages.

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    douglas kraeger

    I have found that for me, I can be grateful for anything, if I only focus on one simple truth, that I truly deserve hell and damnation for ever and ever and ever for my past sins of commission and omission, and therefore anything I receive is a blessing, as long as because of God’s Mercy, I do not receive what I truly deserve.

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