It’s harder this year. I’ll admit. I know you all feel that way too. 

I’ve felt overwhelmed with sadness this week and quite frankly, have felt a tiny inkling of what it must feel like for people celebrating the holidays for the first time without a loved one. There are certain people in my life, for one reason or another who are not near in this holiday when traditionally, we have family shindigs to gather close. 

It’s made me realize the importance of being grateful. I know that’s what everyone says, but I feel like they always mean it in the current or past tense. “Well, we have something to be grateful for right now anyway.” We can always find something to be grateful for.” 

But I felt challenged. Can I be thankful for things that are to come? 

Uncertainty abounds, but in there is THE CERTAINTY. Our Lord and Savior. He has called us to be a prophetic people and those are the ones that see, believe and declare into the future. 

So I am choosing some seemingly “impossible” things this year to be grateful for so I can declare and pray that over myself, my family, and my nation. I am grateful that this pandemic will one day end, just as they have before. I am grateful that the truth will win and that one day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. I believe that we will one day see restoration of families, country and freedom. I believe and am grateful that the things I have been praying and contending for WILL end in VICTORY. 

What about you? What are you being grateful, expectant and faithful for?

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.” Ps. 62:5