Do you ever find yourself at the end of your emotional rope? The daily struggles become to much and you just want to escape. Life has a way of taking times like this to throw everything it has at our emotionally wrecked self’s.
I know I have found myself at the end more times than I care to admit. For years this was more than a daily occurrence it was a lifestyle. I’d wake up dreading the day as soon as the first sliver of light made its way through my cracked eyelids. The ‘drama’ of the previous day still weighing heavy on my mind and the thought of facing it all over again scared me. Every little thing overwhelmed me: getting dressed, brushing my hair, making the bed, fixing and eating breakfast; I would be exhausted and hadn’t even started my day. There was still a child to take care of, a house to clean, errands to run, the list just went on and on.
Finding my way out of that living hell wasn’t easy. It took a lot of work on my part, a lot of love and patience from my family, a doctor who listened and most importantly it took me turning to my Abba, my heavenly Father, in a way I never had before.
Psalms 55:22 became a mantra for me and for the first time in many years I found myself hurling my down at Abba’s feet and giving him everything, my depression, my anxiety, my anger….all of it. The peace I felt as he lifted all this from me was amazing; I now had strength, His strength, to start down the road to better health. It was liberating.
One of the habits that started then was counting my daily blessings. When I started feeling overwhelmed. Of course there were the normal things like God’s salvation, family, house a car etc. but I purposely would look at that day or the one prior and list the blessings I had received and witnessed. My list would look something similar to this.
- A driver ahead of me today stopped and let another driver turn despite the busy lunch hour traffic. It’s a blessing to see there is still kindness in the world today.
- A woman stopped me in the grocery store to tell me how impressed she was with my well behaved children. A timely blessing because it was a reminder that they were in fact great children on a day when they had my patience stretched then.
- Mike called today and asked, “What’s cooking good lookin?”. What a blessing to fill loved and wanted.
And the list would go on in that matter. For a long while I kept all these gaily blessing in a notebook so I had a reminder of God’s touch in my life. The good days far out weigh the bad days now and I no longer have to write my daily blessing , well daily. Now I find myself not only recognizing them but actively looking and finding them in everything I do and see.
You may not be fighting the ugliness that is depression but I believe everyone can benefit from the practice of writing down or taking time to recognize their daily blessings. If you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed stop what you are doing and look around. I bet if you look close enough you can find ten amazing things God has blessed you with or has blessed with seeing. And you know sometimes witnessing someones blessing can be just as inspiring as receiving one.
Do you count your daily blessings? Feel free to share them below in the comments!