Sometimes, we become anxious about the future. Other times, we dwell on the past. We may wish things were the way they once were or we might perseverate on how we could have done something differently.
I have been working through my anxiety struggles. I find that I worry about the future…I play over past events over and over. Neither one of these are healthy. While self reflection is essential for personal growth and planning for the future is responsible, anxiety can wedge its way in quickly.
I am learning to combat fear and anxiety with prayer and Scripture. Another thing that is extremely helpful to keep my focus where it needs to be is by consciously choosing an attitude of gratitude.
One of my favorite verses is this one:
Do not worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6
I have shared about how I like to break down that verse and pray through all the things weighing heavy on my mind and heart. Big and small.
It is in this verse that I am reminded that looking back on the past can be a really good idea.
When we take a moment to reflect on all the ways God has answered our cries for help, carried us through trials and tribulations, and answered our prayers with grace in ways we could not have imagined, then there is a sense of peace and reassurance that He will not forsake us now through these present day struggles.
Another important lesson in this is the attitude of gratitude. A heart full of gratitude changes everything.
Gratitude has nothing to do with our circumstances and everything to do with who God is.
We praise Him because of who He is. We trust He will carry us through this journey called life.
This Thanksgiving season, I’m not sure what you are struggling with or if your heart is heavy or overflowing with joy. Maybe your path is rocky and uncertain and the way ahead so unclear. Take a moment and look back. Remember how God has carried you before. Focus on His goodness. Share with others what you are grateful for. Tell someone how much they mean to you. Trust that God has greater things in store than you can imagine.
When we can’t see the road ahead and we choose to trust and be thankful along the way despite the twists and turns, we realize how much He can bless our mess when we have a grateful heart.
Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you who take a few minutes of your day to read my reflections.
Choose gratitude. ♥