Day 9 of Thankfulness – Encouragement

I know I say this often…the past few days have been hard yet dealing with depression is hard. Life is hard. Yet I see God encouraging me in so many ways.

In my NOOM group this morning someone else had asked for some words of encouragement. Another gal responded with

Being fat is hard,
Being skinny is hard,
Choose your hard!

Wow!! That hit home. I use the word hard a lot. Choose your hard! I need to stop looking at the negative of that word but to look at the positive…yes life is hard, sometimes choosing which way to go is hard, but I don’t have to walk this journey of life alone…I am loved and encouraged by many. I need to remember that!!!

In my scripture reading today….Proverbs 11 verse 14 resonated with me:

Proverbs 11 – Wise counsel… | BlogThruDaBible

and flows with the chats in NOOM, notes from friends and remembering that I am not alone even when I feel alone.

And God just continued to show me this morning how loved I am. As I read my devotional this verse

James 1:2 | re-Ver(sing) Verses

is another reminder that my struggles are just steps along my journey that God is using to make me more like Him! God will use my struggles to accomplish good things. When I think of life struggles I see them in categories: food/eating/getting healthy, physically ~ needing to move this body of mine. Saw the cardiologist this past week. He told me “medicine will help but there are things only I can do. One of those things is walking. So this morning I decided to do a little game with myself…go for a walk (I did…5 min. 58 sec) before getting on the computer. It’s like the game I play with drinking coffee…I tell myself I have to have a glass of water before enjoying a cup of coffee. So the next thing I negotiated with myself is that before I pick up my crocheting today I will go for another walk around another loop around the campground. I need to remember what Dr. Marques said yesterday: “you don’t have to walk for an hour…walk for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes working up to 15 minutes twice a day!” Please feel free to ask me if I have walked today? Every day you can ask me!!

What are some ways you like to be encouraged?
Do you negotiate with yourself about doing things?
What are some ways you encourage yourself to do what you know you need to do?

2 thoughts on “Day 9 of Thankfulness – Encouragement”

  1. My 34 year old Grandson suffers from anxiety and depression. I saw an interview last week with a man who works with the NFL and broadcasting. He has suffered all his life with depression yet he has worked and excelled with it. He recently wrote a book. Unbreakable by Jay Glazer. I sent a copy to my grandson. You might find it a benefit too. Love you girl.

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