Today's Daily Blessing
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Today’s Verse: Beating the Holiday Blues with Thankfulness

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

–Ephesians 5:20

While the holidays are a joyful time for perhaps the majority of people, for a number of other people they can be a time of sadness for a variety of reasons.

Traditionally, the holidays are a time spent with family and friends. But for those who are alone, or have lost family and friends, the holidays can be a depressing time.

However, there is a way to be the holiday blues and the best remedy is to be thankful.

Defeating holiday depression with thankfulness

One of the ways of combating feelings of sadness around the holidays is to be thankful for your gains, counting them instead of your losses.

In other words, be thankful for the things you have and focus on those instead of the things you don’t have or want.

3 good things

“In every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude.”

– Acts 24:3

One way of expressing your thankfulness is through gratitude. Write down or state three good things in your life.

One of the first things could simply be the fact that you are alive. If you have a roof over your head, that’s another. If you have food to eat and water to drink, that’s a third.

Those are the basic things needed to survive. Sometimes we focus so much on bigger things that we forget to be thankful for having the essentials.

And of course, there are probably many more good things you could add to the list of what you can be thankful for in your life.

Do a search for: “Bible verses gratitude” and read some inspirational verses to help you be more thankful for the things and people in your life.

Appreciate the rewards and the struggles

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

–Psalm 118:24

Life is a series of ups and downs. We have good days and bad days. But some of the things we might think of as “bad” actually turn out to be for our own good.

As they say, when one door closes, another door opens. We become better and stronger because of our struggles.

We all have our own unique strengths, and sometimes we forget the strengths we have, as well as, to be grateful for them.

These are all more reasons to be thankful for the things we have.

Mary Newman