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Daily Inspiration - May 21, 2021 | Do you want to feel better?

We often want to feel better than we do. Remembering “highs” (appropriate ones!) we have had in the past, we can desire them to be present all the time. I am not sure that is possible, at least it is not for me. However, I have discovered that choosing to give thanks in whatever situation I find myself to be a definite way of lifting my spirits. This does not deny difficulties and ignore problems, it is choosing a thankful heart instead of allow doom and gloom to rule which then, in turn, helps me to deal with what I need to face.


Psalm 150 is a short but powerful psalm. Read it slowly picturing each opportunity to give thanks. Read it again, several times, letting the Spirit direct where your thoughts might center.


Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!


What pictures came to mind? What sounds did you hear? Did you find your breathing change while you were reading the psalm? Sometimes all these things can happen—and more--sometimes only simple quietness follows. In either case, when we choose to get outside of ourselves, we are opening up to the Holy Spirit coming alive within us.


When we choose to give thanks for what is all around us, we stop simply focusing on ourselves. We make room for new thoughts, new perspectives, new ways to view what is happening to us. Again, the problems or difficulties do not necessarily go away, but we, by giving thanks, are bringing new and different energy to deal with them. This is good for us and for any involved with us.


Want to feel better today and every day? Praise the Lord!


Peace, Pastor Jerry




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