If you’re feeling sad, lonely, or defeated here are a few suggestions that may help you regain a spirit of peace, grace, hope, or joy:
- Talk to someone trustworthy about how you feel.
- Think of one tiny step you can take toward a goal and do it.
- ENGAGE IN A FUN ACTIVITY you enjoy. It could be as simple as baking cookies or painting your toenails.
- Read a funny book and LAUGH OUT LOUD.
- Revisit fun childhood songs and SING OUT LOUD.
- Take a walk with your camera or cell phone and CAPTURE IMAGES that make you feel happy.
- Write a gratitude list, past and present.
- Stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and say, “God made me glorious therefore I am glorious,” until you BELIEVE IT. Repeat daily every time you feel sad, lonely, or defeated.
- Shake your booty … DANCE TO UPBEAT MUSIC.
ABOUT THIS POST: After receiving tragic news, I couldn’t focus. So I wrote this post hoping to reach out to others who may need a nudge to live their best life. Sometimes, it just takes knowing you’re not alone. When I finished writing, I was surprised by the turnabout results: My spirits had lifted.
So, I thought I’d share one last suggestion, one you’ve probably been told to do or read about. But oftentimes, the pain is so heavy you can’t get past it. Or you don’t believe anything will help.
Well, I’m here to tell you this does help:
Do something for someone else.
It doesn’t have to be big. You can do it right from your home or workplace.
Give a compliment. Email an uplifting quote.
Use your cell phone and send a funny face.
Then, embrace a spirit of peace, grace, hope, and joy.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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Stories of Grace and Hope.
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Stories of Grace and Hope
Stories of Grace and Hope.
I looked at the lines around our property. Each connected to a life, a dream, a needed improvement or repair.
When the repurposed materials are stacked, piled, and stored it’s for a new beginning.
It’s for future upkeeps and protective boundaries where structures and space break down.
Iron Man installs a line of forest timber, hammers nails, digs holes, and pounds the earth.
I try to help.
The labor is intense. There’s an exchange of cross words.
Our brows are warm beneath beaded sweat.
When the labor is finished, he glimpses at the toil of his accomplishment, wishes he had done better…and tries to figure out how.
These aren’t just lines around our property. They are goals of metal and wood and plastic and dreams of a safe and happy haven.
The lines of the space have changed.
And so have we.
It is not for nothing.
filled the parking lot trees.
An impulse to pluck one
came over me, and so I did.
Then shamefully I thought,
I’m a magnolia thief.
But a happy one at that.”
–Dianne Marie Andre
The world is filled with exciting colors and textures, patterns and depths. Rejoice in the variations. Know and believe that you too are filled with uniqueness. Delight in the gifts and talents God has put in you. If you’ve longed to develop those gifts, take one small step today, toward the dream you’ve always dreamed of doing.
“A great book begins with an idea;
a great life, with a determination.” — Louis L’Amour
Be happy in the process. Pray, trust, obey, and believe.
“God will bless you, if you don’t give up when your faith is being tested.
He will reward you with a glorious life,
just as he rewards everyone who loves him.” —James 1:12 (CIV)
Now, go out and claim your uniquness. Show the world that
YOU ARE HIS DELIGHT, BLESSED, AND GLORIOUS.
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