We all have down times in our lives. For some it lasts days, weeks or months. For others it may last a whole season of our lives. But even when we are down we can push back the darkness if we take the advice of the author of Psalms. Multiple times David and other Psalm writers suffered from dark days and needed to overcomea despondent attitude in their lives. Often what they did can work for us.
Change your Focus
The first strategy is to change your focus from self and your pain and place it in something outside of yourself. For the Psalmist that was a God that was loving and powerful. A God that was his creator and sustainer. If that is too far out there for you try placing your hope in something that is closer and more tangible such as the love of family and friends.
Secondly, whenever the psalmist was down he gave thanks. I know it sounds cheesy but “An Attitude of Gratitude ” can often be very helpful to defeat despondency. It really doesn’t matter seem matter whether you regularly thank God or just simply thank the person that took your money for the comfort food you have been craving.
These two strategies may need to be repeated and practiced a zillion times a day for weeks or months but they will help you defeat hopelessness when it comes your way.
Until next time, at Faith Forward Coaching we are praying this helps you move forward today.