Psalm 69:30 – I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
As we approach Thanksgiving, I’m having a hard time this year being thankful. My heart aches with so much pain and distress.
The reason why is:
Psychcentral.com has some ideas for how to be thankful in their article, “12 Ways to be Thankful,” such as changing your language. Watch what you say and how you say it. The words we speak to ourselves and to others can alter our perception of the world. Use positive self-talk and look for the good in others. One more is to get a gratitude partner. Just like you might have a workout partner you can have a gratitude partner who can help you keep things in perspective and stay positive.
This is similar to the songs that were sung as the Bible verse above shares. Many Psalms were written by King David when he was in trouble. He still found a reason to praise God and I’m sure he had a long list of things to be thankful for. We can learn a lesson from him and remember how there is a way to change depression into thanksgiving.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.