Lifting Our Hearts in Gratitude

Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter can be joyful occasions, but I’m aware that they can be painful too. Perhaps you have lost a loved one and this is this first time you will face a particular birthday or anniversary with an empty place at your table. Perhaps family times make you feel lonely, remind you of what’s not true for you at this moment.

I pray that you might know deep in your spirit that you belong to an eternal family; you are loved by God, enough for him to send his precious Son to the Cross for you. We have so much to celebrate as daughters of the King of Kings. I pray that you might find a quiet place today to stop and lift your heart up in gratitude to our Father.

O Father, my heart overflows with love and gratitude for the enormous basket of blessings you have given me. I celebrate with joy my amazing privilege to give gifts to others in your name. Please bestow on me a double portion of your spirit of generosity and grace. Amen.

Excerpted from Contagious Joy. Copyright © 2006 W Publishing Group. Published by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


  1. 2 years ago
    Priscilla says

    Praise God for all that he has taught me, because I did not come knowing but thanks be to God I am so happy he gave me time for the Growing to be able to fellowship with the people of God and loving his Grace and being obedient to his word gave me the chance to keep his LIGHT shinning upon my face all because of his GRACE, KINDNESS AND LOVE IS OUR CHARITABLE offerings. So now I can thank the LORD for the cleansing water to renew the right spirit in me…… OH GOD

  2. I lost my husband on May 28,2012 to cancer and this is my first holiday season without him,I lost my mom five years ago and this has been a tough go,but I know the Lord will help me get through this.I am thankful for my family because everyone has shown me so much love and support.My children and grandchildren really keeps me going and I thank God for each of them.On Nov.30th,I will attend my first women of faith conference and I am so excited about that.I want each of us to lift each other up because we all can become closer as women of faith.God bless each of you.

  3. Thank you for the reminder, Sheila.

    This time of year is always a reminder to me of my broken relationship with my father and how far away the rest of my family is. Some days are a struggle, but I still have so much to celebrate and thank Him for.
    I pray for all of my WOF sisters this holiday season…

  4. Thanks you, Sheila, for these words. I lost my mother this past June, and just last Sunday celebrated my 60th birthday without her. And now I am entering my first holiday season without her. To all of my WOF sisters, please keep me in your prayers this holiday season.

    • 2 years ago
      Ann Snyder says

      just read your note and felt an instant connection.
      I, too, lost my mother this past summer on July 15th. And, today, Thanksgiving is both of our birthdays.
      I was born on my mother’s 25th birthday! She would have turned 84today, which makes me 59.
      So, you are not alone! Be assured I will be thinking of you during the holidays. Let us walk together in our sorry, and celebrate the lives of our mothers as we remember all they meant to us!
      peace, ann

  5. 2 years ago
    Sue Gro9z says

    I just finished my last of the day teaching high school students to find Sheila Walsh’s message of the day in my email. I had been feeling particularly sorry for myself as this was to be my first Thanksgiving as a single after having been married for for 40 years only to find out my husband had been involved with another woman for the past 20 years. I was reminded how our heavenly father has continued to “hold me up” each day through various issues as they arise throughout the day and my focus needed to be on Him rather than my personal pity party. He has kept his promise to sustain and hold us in the hollow of his hand.

  6. 2 years ago
    Patricia Wright says

    Thank you Sheila. ‘Daughters of the King of Kings’……beautiful reminder.

  7. Thank you for this. Having a very hard time. Lost mom in May. Just ended 23 year marriage. Living with friends, very little income. Struggling to let go and let God. This has helped though and I thank Him and you for it.

  8. 2 years ago
    Joann Butler says

    Thankful for the reminder of his grace and love.
    I find myself lately counting my blessings but moaning about my loss; a small but on going pity party. Though I ‘know’ these truths I often forget them in my own heart. My mom went to be with the Lord in July of this year and my dad has been ill as well; a broken heart after 68 years of marriage. I am so thankful for a HUGE God who created all things for his own glory and the same relational God who walks with me in loving warmth.

  9. Thank you for this….I needed it so very much. As I am praising God in ALL circumstances, I appreciate the reminder that we are a part of a bigger family and a bigger plan!!!

  10. I have a lot to be grateful for. My God is good, all the time. Right now, I am homeless and far away from my family. My sister’s baby of 8 mo. old just had open heart surgery. My parents took my 4 yr. old son to North Carolina to be there for my sister. They are planning to stay in NC for Thanksgiving. This will be the first holiday I’ve been homeless and wothout my son. My heart is very heavy, but my faith is good. God never gives me more than I can handle so I can grow through the pain. I miss my family very much and pray for them on a daily basis. I especially pray for my parents to forgive me while I go through this hard season in my life recovering from my addiction. I share God’s words with others in hopes they can find at least one thing to be grateful for in their lives. There’s so many people who have no one or no where to go for this holiday. I ask that you pray with me for them, too. God helps those who help themselves. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. What a great reminder for us this holiday season! We have all lost loved ones and I have a dear friend who just lost her mom yesterday. This will be her first holiday season without her and I know it will be very tough. As sisters in Christ we need to be encouragers to those who are missing loved ones and help remind them of God’s love. I pray God gives me and others “a double portion of His spirit and generosity and grace.” May we all minister and serve those around us so that they can experience the love of God through us this holiday season!