What helps me through difficult times?

Difficult days come. They hit me and knock me down. Sometimes they knock me flatter than a blob of ice cream on the sidewalk on a 100-degree day. Staying down’s tempting, but I don’t like the idea of watching the party when I could be in it. Allowing myself to spiral deeper isn’t appealing.

So, how do I stop the dive into that melted sugary ooze? I remember who my God is and who I am in Christ. To do that, I read the Bible and listen to music. My current favorite song for that purpose is Overcomer by Mandisa. Great words, upbeat tempo (echoes of American Bandstand here). thBoth combine to encourage me, lift my spirits, point me forward. Check out the words at http://www.songlyrics.com/mandisa/overcomer-lyrics/ and see if agree they’re that good. Put-you-back-in-the-cone good.

What about you? What helps you out of the doldrums?

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3 responses to “What helps me through difficult times?

  1. Veronica, you have a great process. Thanks for sharing it. You’ll have to tell me sometime about your memorization plan.

    • When I started memorizing Scripture, I memorized four verses a month. My method then is the same as now, although each new list now is about 25-30 verses. I say each verse out loud five times a day. That’s it. After a while the words start to stick in my memory, and after another while they all begin to stick in the right order. At first my repetition is usually just an easy phrase at a time–five times out loud–then on to the next phrase. You just have to do it every day, and trust that eventually it will work. It really does.

  2. Certainly good Christian music helps, and staying in the Word is huge. I am always working on a new list of 25-30 verses to memorize, plus I continuously review the over 800 verses I have memorized in the past 15 years or so. That is a solid foundation that tends to KEEP me out of the doldrums. Plus, I always try to read through the Bible in a year. But the main thing that always helps is to remember to be thankful for things I can truly be thankful for. Pretending to be thankful for pain or failure doesn’t generally help, unless you can genuinely hitch your wagon to God’s sovereign purpose in your life. But I can always truly be thankful that I have all my fingers and toes and they all work; and I can see, hear, smell, talk, and feel. Then there are my family members, my church family, a (relatively) free country, the beauty of creation, etc. Being thankful is a choice. Choosing it lifts you out of the doldrums.