7/10/18 - Copied this Blog Post below from Teresa's Truth Time.
3/27/18 - Posted on www.teresaastruthtime.com
Since recently creating this Blog account, I have had many prayer requests from individuals struggling with the obvious chronic pain. Coming in a close second consistently is the tiresome and overwhelming struggle of anxiety and depression.
I know I have personally learned over the years the way to combat some of my negative feelings or thoughts as they surface is to retrain the thought process. Sounds silly I know right? But, sometimes, of course, it is harder than others. I understand pain, and life-changing circumstances arise that we obviously have no control of, but I think what we do have control over IS our response and reaction in fact to them. You have to step back and evaluate at times are you letting the adversity dominate your thoughts and ultimately your life.
I was introduced several years ago to a 20-day blessings challenge, and it immediately intrigued me. It eventually had such an amazing impact on me by the end that I have loved sharing the simplicity of it with others.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
So, all that you will need is a spiral notebook, a pen, and a grateful heart.
Sounds simple enough right?
Over the next 20 days write down five things you are grateful for that you’ve rarely IF ever thanked God for before.
Come on humor me you will be surprised what you come up with by the end of your 20-day challenge. You will be able to look at 100 NEW blessings in your life from a whole new perspective. A new sense of gratitude I feel is what I experienced.
One thing I’ve learned over the last four years with all the bedridden Lupus days…be grateful for EVERY single thing and person IN your life.
(For instance, I don’t think I ever had thanked God for proper kidney function until they dipped in the borderline failure status and have dealt with 45 kidney stones now when there is NO pain, and my kidneys are stable/functioning – I’m beyond grateful/thankful).
Psalm 118:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever
Get creative and evaluate your answers daily. They can be health-related and personal or simply a new list of what you are grateful for after reflecting over the long list we all should have. (creation, birds, nature, waterfalls, flowers, etc.)
So, join me and let’s get started on focusing on some positive things that you have to be grateful for today.
Thank you for reading, and God Bless You,