I start every prayer with giving thanks. I thank God for my many blessings and then I get specific. On days that I’m grumpy or tired or aggravated, it helps to shift my attitude and perspective when I say specific things I am thankful for.
I had some hard conversations with a couple family members last week and it drained me emotionally. I was tired and sad and I felt broken. I decided that I didn’t want to curl up in my bed and ignore my feelings. I wanted to face them and find a more constructive way to deal with them. So, I started praying and telling God all the things I was thankful for. It changed my perspective and allowed me to enjoy my day.
We have talked a lot about perspective in our Book Club, Book Club Sisterhood. Appreciating the little things around you helps you to look for more things to be thankful for. If you are focusing on the bad things in your life then you will continue to find bad things to focus on. I was late to work one day and decided not to let it ruin my whole day. I started naming things I was thankful for. A safe ride to work, healthy kids, having a job, etc. As I named them I realized I had a lot to be happy about and there was no point in focusing on the fact that I was late. Instead, I reminded myself I was salary and I didn’t even have to clock in! I could just stay a little later that day to make up for it.
I know it is not easy to battle depression and anxiety. I’m not minimizing that at all. I also know that God has helped me when I’ve walked through tough days and I know there’s nothing He can’t do. So let’s try to focus on what we are thankful for today and let God take care of the rest.
Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you.
Dear God, please help me to be thankful for all You have provided. Thank you for sending your son to die for my sins. Thank you for my family and my friends, a roof over my head, and food in my belly. Lord, I know I will walk through tough times in this life so I ask You to help me see the good things along the road. I love You Lord. Amen.