Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.
 He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NLT)
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

In last week’s post, I shared something about my struggles with depression. I wish I could say that every time I became depressed, I recovered totally and instantly. With no effort on my part. It’s simply untrue. Sometimes, I hang out with ‘Friend’ depression for quite a while before I can shake her off.

Expressing gratitude is one of the actions I take to help me recover energy and joy. When I wake up, I may not feel thankful. I might feel more like complaining. Would it help me to complain? Am I being dishonest if I, instead, give thanks? It helps me to remember that gratitude is an attitude, not a feeling. It’s a choice I can make regardless of how I feel.

When I heard that the weather forecast for today, April 1, is snow, I did not feel happy. I wanted warm sunshine. I could have chosen to complain. Instead, I found the above photo of crocuses in my garden and focused on it. Each spring, these flowers work their way up through the wintry soil and dried leaves and delight my heart with brilliant color. I think it pleases my generous, gift-giving Father in heaven when, on a snowy spring day, I chose to smile and give thanks. When I do so, my heart begins to feel lighter.

Here’s the list of gratitude statements I’ve written so far, today. They are primarily simple things that can easily be overlooked.

8 Responses

  1. Thank you Jane for this reminder. I had a child who sat with me every morning and we wrote 3 things each we were thankful for. I look through that gratitude notebook we each kept and my heart overflows all over again. ♥️

    1. Dear Diane,
      What a sweet surprise to find your comment on my blog post this morning.Thanks so much for reading and responding to my words.
      Having a notebook full of gratitude statements written by you and your child is indeed a treasure!

  2. Oh, Jane, this just makes me smile! You are so helpful to share your very specific grasp on how to be grateful and express gratitude! I resonate! I had a day recently when I woke up grumpy, and for some reason decided to choose joy. I think that must have pleased our good Father, as my mood lightened immediately. God indeed delights to give good gifts to his children!

    1. Thank you, Jean. I’m smiling in return. You are delightful. Thank you for sharing how you turned your “grumpiness” into joy by making intentional choices to do so. Our good, good, Father so kindly empowers such choices.

  3. Dear Jane. Depression hits me also from time to time but an attitude of gratitude and prayers help so much. I am receiving treatment for anal cancer at the present and, each day, my attitude stays positive because I know God is with me every step of the journey. God bless you Jane.

    1. Dear Doreen,
      Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog.
      I am so sorry you have cancer. Your focus on God and your positivity certainly demonstrate your faith. May you sense the sustaining grace and presence of Jesus.

  4. Thank you Jane for your sincere thoughts. Depression comes and goes, but we are here for the long haul.

    1. Thank you Judith for your comments. In a season of depression, it helps me to recall I’ve been there before. God’s grace was and will, again, be sufficient.

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