Recounting Blessings from a Reluctant Heart Improves My Mood

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Ever have a week where you are reluctantly grateful? That’s where I am at this week. Nothing really bad has happened. No major disappointments. There have just been little things nibbling at my joy.

If I let these events, people and thoughts continue to steal my joy, then I know what will happen. First I’ll become discontent, then grouchy and finally depressed. That’s not going to happen. I’ve worked too hard to get out of major depression.

Here’s my 5 step plan to smash those joy stealers.

1. Link up with Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Five. I wasn’t going to write out a blessing list this week. I was going to let my feelings dictate my actions. Skipping one week won’t hurt. But then I remembered a conversation my Wednesday night small group had about us sharing our blessings this week on Facebook and/or blogs. And I also remembered the faithful group of ladies besides Susanne (like Brenda from Brendas-blog, Laura from Outnumbered Mom, Kathie from A Sparrow’s Home, Faith from Gold in the Clouds, Willow  from Willow’s Cottage, and Nikki from Nikkipolani) who link up regularly. I feel like I know them. I am grateful for accountability and the faithful example of others. 

2. Rethink my fitness plan. This week my physical therapist told me he’d done all he could for me. Unfortunately I still have a way to go range-of-motion-wise and it looks like where I’m at now is forever. At first I was okay. Now I am down-in-the dumps with this news. Today I have decided I need to make new fitness goals, ones that are barely out-of-reach (literally). I have 2 more weeks of the dynasplint and if I stay faithful to using it, I will see more progress. Progress is what I need to aim for not 100% stretching ability. I am grateful for small increments of progress.

3. Start something new. I love the energy, new thoughts, and countless possibilities that starting a new project brings. I have wanted to do a women’s short-term mission trip for a while. This week details were nailed down, a date set, my pastor gave his approval, and it looks like a GO! I am grateful for the opportunity to show others that Jesus makes a difference in my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do this with a group of awesome women. And I am grateful that Jesus uses me in His work despite my failings.

4. Create. It has been many months since I’ve done anything creative. I am not an artist nor is my work the most beautiful. But doing the work soothes me. So on my day off I am going to do something creative. I have a couple of ideas. It will be fun to see which one(s) pans out. I am grateful that being creative helps restore me when I feel unbalanced.

5. Extra time in the Word. I have been busy preparing for my Wednesday night group and studying several other potential studies for the Fall. My time with God has been more “professional” this past week. I was searching for answers for others. This week I will intentionally keep my time personal. And I will use some of my free time to just read my Bible. No agenda. No note-taking. Just read and see what God says to me. I am grateful that the Word changes me especially when what I do doesn’t make a difference. I am grateful that God wants to spend time with me even after I’ve been an absentee  friend.

Following this 5 step plan is sure to bring more joy into my heart and gratitude pouring out of my heart and into my thinking and actions!

Your Turn . . . What do you do to smash the joy killers in your life? Please share some of your blessings with us.

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  • 1. Susanne  |  . at .

    Baby steps all add up both in physical fitness and in looking for the joy! Glad to see you are taking the steps in both. Your post was encouraging!


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Thanks, Susanne. I needed to do something to encourage myself so I am glad it also encouraged you.


  • 3. karen  |  . at .

    I have been in a real ‘funk’ this week and last. Like you, I find that creating pulls me out of it and starting something new. So, I took on a big household project just to stir things up! At least I’ll have something to show for the past week!


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Cool idea, Karen. I will check your blog to see what your big project is. It is great to have something to show for our efforts. I think that is one reason I am in a “funk.” I have been working hard with no visible progress ( in multiple areas). Thanks for visiting.


  • 5. Mama Mia  |  . at .

    What a great perspective to focus on baby steps to accomplish… I do love that part in What About Bob… “baby steps to the front door. baby steps to the street…” It’s funny in the movie, yet really such a worthwhile strategy in real life!

    How exciting about the short term missions trip! Praying it goes well.


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      I forgot about the movie “What about Bob.” It does have some good advice. I think I should see about renting it.

      I am excited about the missions trip. I worked on some of the advertisement today. It will be cool to see who God bring together and to see how he uses us..


  • 7. Laura Lee Groves  |  . at .

    What a great post — smashing the joy killers!! You have great goals here. I think we must be a lot alike because time in the Word, a new thing, and creativity always help me. I love your determination to pull out of it. What an encouragement you are! (I’ll be praying for you and your arm, too.)


    • 8. susan2009  |  . at .

      Thanks for the prayers, Laura. I admire you so it please me to think that we might be alike. 😉


  • 9. kathie  |  . at .

    Those are just the things that help me get out of a funk – especially time in the Word and doing something creative – add in a walk and some time at the beach and I’m usually feeling a lot better!

    Hope you have a great weekend!


    • 10. susan2009  |  . at .

      I absolutely agree, Kathie, about the walk and beach time. It is doubly helpful if the walk is AT the beach! I am jealous that you are sooooo close to the ocean. Someday I hope to be in such a place too.


  • 11. Brenda  |  . at .

    Taking the time to be thankful each week is a great reminder to me of how blessed I am and it helps me get above the trees to see the blessings. All of your fav’s are wonderful, but I know that #5 has a lasting effect .. . .


    • 12. susan2009  |  . at .

      I know that reading the Bible is especially helpful. I just wish I was more diligent (sooner) about meditating upon it when sad.


  • Your first lines hit home with me. I actually stood up and made this announcement this week: “I absolutely refuse to let you grouchy people suck the joy out of my life! Either get along or go home!” (sadly, I was speaking to adults and not my children..)

    It sounds like you have a wonderful plan. Good for you.. for taking control of your happiness. I’ll keep you in my prayers this week. I hope it is full of joy and blessings!!


    • 14. susan2009  |  . at .

      I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of your sanctuary when you said this. Bravo! Such guts! I love hanging with people who tell it like it is because I am one who is too tight lipped.

      Did anyone complain afterwards or thank you for the push in the grateful direction?

      Thanks for the prayers, Catherine. I am finding some sweet blessings already.


  • 15. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    Susan, I’m so glad you are joining in despite some disappointments. It means a lot that you are fighting the discouragement. Glad you are pressing on with your therapy however incremental the improvements are. How exciting that you are embarking on a mission trip! I hope that you’ll reap all kinds of benefits as you spend time reading the Bible.


    • 16. susan2009  |  . at .

      i feel like you just gave me a great big hug, Nikki. Thanks.


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