How to Feel Thankful When You Don’t

A Reflection from Matthew 6

This week God provided in tangible ways. The mama down the street let me borrow serving platters for a family gathering. The family across the street hosted us for dinner and extended their lives in friendship. In similar ways to the Pilgrims, our ‘lil family was welcomed to a new place by those already living here.

And yet I still caught myself stewing an UNthankful heart at times. Our belongings aren’t here from Texas (but we have our needs met). The house needs organization (but we have a home to live in). And I worry about the unknowns ahead: schooling for the kids, finding the right doctor, consistent income for our family…and on, and on, and on.

The Holy Spirit pulled out Matthew 6:33-34 from the cupboard of my soul and reminded me about the cure for worry—which happens to also be the cure for an unthankful heart.

How to feel thankfulSeeking First His Kingdom and Righteousness

When I seek God first, I don’t have the mental space to nurture my worries.

We seek His kingdom and righteousness by:

  • Praying with thanksgiving (Philippians 4)
  • Reading the truth to renew our minds (Romans 12:2)
  • Doing what the Holy Spirit lead us to do (James 1:22)

Mamas, God knows what we need and Jesus says to seek first His kingdom and all these things (food, clothing, drink) will be supplied.

So the cure for not feeling thankful?

Seek first His kingdom. He is the source of all wisdom, strength, and resources.

This week, as we scrunch in our cars to migrate to family homes or bake a bird ourselves, let’s think about the ways God supplied our needs this year—or even today. Did He give you strength to get out of bed? Air to breathe? (and maybe some coffee)? Did He give you family to love? Neighbors to serve? Clothes to wear?

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:33-34

God is at work to meet all our needs. Let’s stop this week and thank Him for being our supply—while trusting Him to be the supply for tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Question: What is one way you saw God supply a need of yours this year? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Seana, I’ve seen God provide in ways I never imagine He could– and His timing in it all revealed He had been orchestrating it all for years. Sometimes when I’m anxious about the present reality, I enjoy looking back over my journal and seeing how far God has brought me from even a year ago. So, I know He also is orchestrating the future.

    • Wayne, journaling is a GREAT way to be able to look back! I am so glad the Lord is bringing things together for you in a way that you can see His hand in it all. I love reading your blog. Just this week I realized I first discovered God in the woods in PA in the Fall…and now He planted us in a home in the woods in PA in the Fall. God’s timeline and details are amazing.