The other day my daughter and I were making cards for a nursing home and she wrote "You can not have the rainbow without the rain."

When it feels like we're drowning in difficult circumstances,uncertainty or fear and the rain is coming down hard ,remember uncertainty and trials can often lead to a rainbow

I love what Melody Beatty says

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Here are a few ways to practice gratitude in difficult circumstances

Say Thank you.Tell other people “thank you” when they do something kind for you, no matter how small the deed.

Read Scripture God loves you and for that, you should be thankful.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Prayer Praying will bring us comfort in times when nothing else will, and center our spirits by reminding us that paving a path towards a peaceful world starts within ourselves.

Give Back.As social distancing practices have been encouraged for the past week.

How does a community come together in a time when we can’t physically be together?

Here are some ways:

Download Nextdoor and see if any elderly people need help getting groceries or prescriptions.

Write letters to nursing homes, military, neighbors or friends.

Check on your neighbors, family and friends virtually.

Volunteer or donate .A few of my favorites :Loaves And Fishes, Classroom Central, Ada Jenkins, Bags Of Hope

Support local businesses by ordering take out, doing online classes, workshops and trainings.

Give blood.According to the American Red Cross, as of Monday 2,700 blood drives were canceled, and blood banks have fewer than 86,000 donations.

Journal.Set time aside each day to make a list of what you are thankful for. Start with the tiniest details, and write down even just one thing. On days when you’re feeling empty – or just wanting an excuse to smile – go back and read some of your list.

Ann Voskamp says it best: “When I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.”

Surround yourself with positivity.

Winston Churchill once said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

Build gratitude around you by taking a break from the media,display flowers in your home,display quotes or scripture on your fridge, mirror or whatever else you look at each day. Create a playlist that is uplifting ,pick up a good book - it doesn't necessarily have to be a self-help book, just something that puts you in a good mood.

Remember, the goal is not to downplay the experience ,but rather to get a new perspective on it.


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