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Giving Thanks When You Don't Feel Like It

Posted by Janelle Lang on

First – I hope if you are in the South Florida area you will join us for our Wall Writing Party this Sunday, October 16th. Drop in anytime between 4 pm – 5:15 pm. We will be praying for those who want to join at 5:15 pm. You will enter through the back door. There is an alley that runs behind the shoppe. It would mean a lot to have our walls filled with words of life and light. So much is going on right now the more words written the better.


Now onto today’s blog:

Keeping a thankful heart right now is tough as all of my plans for the shoppe seem to being going hay wire which is adding to stress ranging from cash flow to November events at the shoppe. Managing all the vendors on my end I  keep saying “I don’t’ know when you can access the space" keeping them from planning to concern over customers forgetting us as it looks closer to 2 months from when we closed to when we open.

Right now we should be in process of getting everything set for the shoppe to be open in time for our November 1st birthday in accordance with the “worst case scenario plan” and now instead I find there is a chance the earliest we could open is mid November. I feel like I am on a roller coaster and every day has a different story which doesn’t sit well with the one who likes to plan her work and work her plan. How can you work a plan when the plan keeps changing? How does one manage anxiety when it feels like the pendulum swings dramatically every day?


Self-talk is mission critical to my day and working through what is known as chronic anxiety. This is what reared its head in September. Reading through the description I realize it is me – calmest one in the room, everything has to be perfect, able to manage crisis, stuff it away and move on to the next thing – that has been my life story. So now I have to focus on not stuffing it away and having to process it so it has been dealt with and then move on. I am sure many of you can identify.

Many great things are ahead of us at 1905 S. Dixie Hwy and I know it because of the way God has gone before and worked out all the issues and made the one in a million space available. I have heard it said when it seems most difficult and you want to give up keep going because the breakthrough is just around the corner. So I keep going and run my race. Having to trust financially that the added time closed in our second busiest month of the year will be redeemed and God will provide in ways I cannot even begin to comprehend. Trusting sounds easy but it means giving up self and having to put it in God’s hand every single minute of the day.

Mid September I visited Nashville to source artisans for the shoppe since we are expanding to made in USA to ensure we have a wide variety of products. While there I was able to meet up with one of my favorite families. Some of you followed the Allen’s story two years ago with their daughter Quinn. I was able to spend time with them and it was the medicine my soul needed. Wanting to make sure Ansley always had a word to read each day I would write a note to Quinn in the facebook group they created. Below is the one I wrote 2 years ago on the day this picture was taken. I look at this precious smart, funny, sassy 2 year old and then read the post and I am humbled – my perspective changes.

I read through and realize they are the words I need to be reminded about who God is and who He is in my life and what He is able to do on my behalf.


Precious Quinn,

Thankful that the name of the Lord is a strong tower, he is your Metsuda - your fortress and stronghold who will protect you. Praying tonight as your dosage has been reduced just a bit that you would sleep in peace, that you would feel safe in the arms of Jesus without anxiety or any amount of distress. Praising God in advance for the continued wisdom of your medical team to do what is best for you physically and emotionally.

God has knit you together in your mama's womb and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God knew your diaphragm was going to need a little help to get it stronger and so we praise Him in advance in the way that He will bring full restoration and strength. Praising God in advance for how He will resolve the feeding tube issue and praying for a peace that your mama and daddy will have when a decision needs to be made that to have or not have one that they will know what is best in partnership with the doctors.

Warrior Princess you have been so brave and strong and there is no doubt in my mind that you will continue to show us this strength that comes from the Lord your God maker of heaven and earth. Praying for that same strength to overpower your parents that they would know in their weakness they are strong in Christ Jesus.

Praising God for the gift of this day that He has granted you and all of your 4,000 plus friends. Thankful that we have breath to praise God for all the ways He has provided for our needs, for your needs and that He already knows what will be needed tomorrow so we don't need to worry.

Singing over you tonight Blessed Be the Name of the Lord:

Blessed Be Your Name, in the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name, when I'm found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out, I'll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name, when the sun's shining down on me

When the world's 'all as it should be'

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name, on the road marked with suffering

Though there's pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out, I'll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away, You give and take away

My heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name

 Praising God from whom all blessings flow knowing He desires to give your parents and to you when you come to know Him as your Savior, every spiritual blessing that is in Christ.

Praising God that He will never leave you, that He is always right on time with every single thing you need and that your parents need. Praying for a night of peaceful sleep for you and your parents. Thankful that God's mercies are new each morning so we look forward to a day of new beginnings with confidence that the Lord goes before you in all things.

Princess warrior your light shines bright, praising God for all who are being drawn to Jesus through your living testimony and that of your parents.

love you honey bunny.

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  • Sending prayers your way!

    Jessica on

  • “Blessed be the name of the Lord”…definitely needed to hear those lyrics tonight

    Susannah on

  • Thank you for being so open and honest in your posts Janelle. I have been blessed again and again reading your blogs and the way the Lord is growing you and using you. Praying that He continues to cover you in His mercies as you wait patiently for things to come together at your new location!

    Sage Gaylord on

  • I’m so looking forward to the new shoppe, Janelle! Praying as the process unfolds

    Tori on

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