About 10 – 11 years ago, our family went through a most distressful time. Actually this was the most distress we had ever experienced as a family. I can’t go into details but suffice it to say it was a really depressing time in our lives.
How did I handle it? I prayed a lot. And so did my husband. But praying didn’t quite lift the blanket of despair and depression. Don’t misunderstand; praying helped, especially when I ended up in a conversation with God about what He had promised in His Word and why was I not seeing those provisions. So, I began writing a list daily of things that happened that day for which I could be grateful. Some days were so hard that I just couldn’t see anything to be thankful for but I still wrote something even if it was as simple as being thankful for having another day to live out my purpose.
After that most distressing time lifted, I stopped writing in my book. The other day I found it tucked away with my box of photos. I was reminded of how the act of writing in a thanksgiving each day helped me get through. So I think I will start writing again. It’s quite therapeutic.
In fact God’s Word has many verses on thanksgiving and gratitude.
Let’s look at Philippians 4:6-7. “6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Do you see it?
Look at the results of praying with thanksgiving?
Verse 7 says that the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds.
Right there in Scripture is “self help” advice. Only it’s not really “self help” but “God help” but many self help books and gurus out there will talk about the benefits of living a life of thanksgiving. But God already knew about the benefits.
I have nothing against self help books. I started reading them in 1978 and benefited much from them. But what I’m saying is the principles that I read were really God’s principles first.