Have you ever gotten in a rut and can’t get out of negative thinking? Or maybe following a death of a loved one or a bout of sickness you just seem to spiral down deeper into a depressed state.
I have been there on several different occasions over the course of my life and three things I have found can help you climb back out of depression and turn that frown upside down.
One – spend time with the Lord.
How can you do this? By basking in His presence, reading His word, and listening to Godly music.
Spending time with the Lord will help put your soul back in proper step with the King of kings and Lord of lords.
A change of scenery may help you focus on Him too. Sometimes getting out doors reveling in God’s handiwork in creation might just do the trick to getting you back into balance.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Romans 12:2a NIV
Two – keep a running grateful list.
Write down things you are thankful for and look back at the growing list daily (or hourly if need be) until you have reprogrammed your brain and begin to dwell on more positive things then negative.
The following scripture passage is packed with such guidance that we could try our whole earthly lives through to follow its teachings and still not completely obey it daily.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It does not say give thanks when you feel like it or when all is going good. No, it says in all circumstances. And not just to be grateful, but to rejoice regardless.
What can you find to be grateful for today?
What brings you joy?
Again, I say write it down.
And if you are not down today, a day may come when you are. Then, how encouraging for you to look back on a list of things to be thankful for in your own writing to help transform your mind and bring it back to be at peace.
Tip: write the list in the inside back cover of your Bible. I wish I had done that because the list I began decades ago was on paper and slipped out of my Bible.
Three – if steps one and two seem too daunting at the moment, no worries just do this – read Philippians 4.8-9 over and over and over again until you are able to recite it verbatim.
“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things…And the God of peace will be with you.”
You have the power to transform your mind. It is within your grasp and necessary so you can continue to love others and…
I highly suggest you take the next 4.5 minutes to listen to Romans 12 being recited and let it continue to transform your mind. I promise it will bless you. Then, you can go be a blessing as you…
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