Earlier in the week I shared with you my struggle with feeling sorry for myself, essentially wallowing in a pity party I throw myself. It’s a weak moment of ingratitude when the enemy attempts to drag me down and make me forget all my blessings.
I still struggle with this depressive tendency, but I’ve learned how to combat it with a few simple practices:
- Counting my blessings. There are so very many things for which to be thankful.
- Serving someone else (especially one whose situation is worse than mine). Someone will always be just around the corner, living a life that is tougher than ours. If you really want to get down to it, Jesus endured the ultimate suffering. No one has ever gone through what He went through, and yet we think we deserve better or that we have a right to complain. Who are we to feel this way?
- Remembering answers to prayer. God is faithful, and many of our prayers and the prayers of others have been answered by God.
- Worship and prayer, sometimes with deep breathing exercises. Start with one worship song or even just 5 minutes a day of quiet time with God. Try not to think about anything and let Him speak to you. Listen for His voice. Breathe deeply and slowly in and out and allow God to fill your body with His love.
- Reading encouraging words and verses about gratitude. Many books have brought me encouragement and strength in tough times. Here are a few that I hold near and dear to my heart and journey: The Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg, The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman, It’s Not Supposed to be This Way, Gratitude Journal by Brenda Nathan
These scriptures have always been of help to me:
- Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.~1 Chronicles 15:8
- I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.~Psalm 7:17
- The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
- ~Psalm 28:7
- I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
- ~Psalm 34:1
- Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly. I will praise you before all the people.
- ~Psalm 35:18
- Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High.
- ~Psalm 50:14
- I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
- ~Psalm 69:30
- O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods.
- ~Psalm 95:1-3
- Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones, And give thanks to His holy name.
- ~Psalm 97:12
- Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
- ~Psalm 100:4-5
- Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.
- ~Psalm 106:1
- Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.
- ~Psalm 107:31-32
- Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
- ~Psalm 136:1-3
- The sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, “Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever.
- ~Jeremiah 33:11
- But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD.
- ~Jonah 2:9
- To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, For You have given me wisdom and power.
- ~Daniel 2:23
Purposeful living and the intentional choice to wake up every single day and work towards gratitude will help you eliminate pity parties, heal your spirit~mind~body, and bring you wellness from the inside which will in turn help you heal physically.
I’d like to offer up this prayer of gratitude to The Lord for all He has done: Lord Jesus, thank you so very much for all you do to heal us from the inside out. Thank you for creating our body with complexity and connection so that by working on our spirits we can also heal our minds and bodies. When we cancel our pity parties, we live a life of purpose, intention, gratitude, and healing. Thank you, Lord, for your Word that inspires us, your sacrifice that redeems us, your unconditional love that holds us, answers to prayer that encourage us, and your limitless promises. In Jesus name, Amen.