Q: What do you do to get yourself out of a dark place? When you are going through darker moments, how do you dig yourself out of it?
A: There have been recent months where we have experienced an odd, perfect storm chain of events, so we are familiar with those dark moments. Because of this, we’ve been reminded of the power of gratitude. In turn, we’ve established checkpoints.
For example: When I find myself in that DARK place … I know I need to be THANKFUL.
We felt the Lord challenge us to THANK Him for the very thing that was most frustrating. Then we went down and started thanking God for all the other things related to our challenge. Then we practiced gratitude to God for very basic things … all the way from our underwear to the shirts hanging in our closet. This habit flipped the dark moments and helped rewire our brains. We intentionally spent time every morning in gratitude.
We rarely change until the pain of staying the same exceeds the pain of change. We had been in a season where it had been painful long enough. We felt anxiety long enough. Greg looked at Julie one day and said, “We don’t have time for weak-mindedness.”
Some women might take offense to that, but for Julie, it was exactly what she needed to hear. It helped her snap out of her worry-filled thoughts, and helped remind her that God has never let her down. Has it been hard and painful? Of course…but it really came down to what we really believe, not what the circumstances tell us
So, What do you do to get yourself out of a dark place? When we have hope in this life, God wins. We win. This is just resistance training to make us stronger. We love that we serve a God who is committed to helping us grow.
Today, we choose to thank God for what we DO have, not what we wish we have.