“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within
me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
I try to
read this when I go through periods of depression. When I was in college, I
read Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power of Positive Thinking One thing I
learned from it was that I needed to find at least one good thing that happened
each day. Later in life, I called them praises. Each time I did this exercise,
if I found one, I found more.
After reading Ann Voskamp’s book,
1,000 Gifts, I call then God’s gifts. Each day, I try to find three gifts from
God, some days I find as many as six. Each gift I recognize from God causes me
to pause and thank Him for who He is and what He has done for me or for a
In our home, each room has light
colored walls. I didn’t realize it when we chose to paint that the light colors
help me especially on the dark overcast days of late fall and winter. God led
me to do this several years ago. You see, I have learned and now believe God
guides us even when we don’t realize it.
Apostle Paul tells us to praise God in
all circumstances.(give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18,NIV)
;Yes, the preposition is important. We might not like the
circumstance that presents itself to us; the way out may be arduous but when we
praise and place our hope in Him, we find the resolution becomes easier than we
“But now, LORD, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”
find ourselves at a fork in the road, we can either veer to the left or to the
right. If we look down the left pathway, we see fun things or the things we
wanted when we were young. If we choose to follow to the right, we may see
things that take a lot of energy and hard work. There may be a few
disappointments along that way. We don’t know which path to take. Sometimes we
take the easy way. When we do, we might find out we have made a wrong choice.
Word tells us to seek His guidance. (James 1:5) Our focus scripture gives us a
very powerful reason to seek God in all things we face. He is our hope.
hope is in God, I feel neither anxiety when answers seem delayed nor hardness
of heart when those answers turn out to be other than what I desire. I have
gained understanding when those things happen.
total trust of God in this way is something I recently learned. Dr. Charles
Stanley calls it ‘being neutral.’ At present, I have at least three or four
large personal requests I have turned over to God, through the Holy Spirit.
to remember that God is good all the time; all the time God is good. When I
keep this in mind, I find I can accept the things that God shows me that are
contrary to what I want.