The Abundant Life Blog
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We know as believers were are filled with the Spirit and one of the evidences of that indwelling is a sense of joy. Scriptures like Philippians 4:4 encourage us to be full of joy at all times. It can be very frustrating when the circumstances and trials of life get us down. Today we look at three ways to lift your mood. This is not three suggestions on how to cure depression. Nor are we examining three ways to solve the problems of life. Rather, we are looking at three practical steps we can take to move our moods in a positive direction.
#1 Get Outside
Maybe it is the fresh air. Maybe it is the Vitamin D. Maybe it is the act of getting out of the house itself, butthere is something about getting out of a man made building and getting into God’s creationthat can instantaneously lift one’s mood.
Take going outside to the next level and go for a walk. Enjoy the beauty of nature. Chat with a passerby. Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the beauty you see or the ability to walk or the freedom to go where you please.
Softly or at the top of your lungs break into song. Hum or whistle. If you are tone deaf like me, play the music really loud so you can’t hear yourself singing. Use headphones to drown out your voice. Or, and this is my favorite, learn the sign language to your favorite tune.
My children know they are in trouble when I start singing the first verse of “No Not One.” It starts off softly, “Jesus knows all about my struggles.” If my struggles continue to annoy me, “He will guide till the say is done,” comes out a little louder. While singing this song serves as a warning for them, it serves as a reminder to me. It is a reminder that whatever it is that is upsetting my mood is
something my Savior already knows all about.
#3 Count Your Blessings
I know. It is cliche, but it is cliche for a reason … it really works. Start a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to think of 5 things you are grateful for as you brush your teeth. Let counting blessing become a part of daily life.
We tend to overlook so much especially when trials and circumstances get us down.Quick as you can, list 10 things you are grateful for.Right now, I’ll wait. Getting stuck? How about adding that you either have the ability to read this blog or have the technology to have it read to you or have someone caring enough to read it to you. While you are at it, add internet access to your list. The idea is to really recognize the small things that really do make a difference in your life.
So these are my three mood lifters. Perhaps you have others that work well for you. Please share them. It may be just the encouragement someone else was looking to find.