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Encouraging Myself

'The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.'  Isaiah 61:3

What do you do when you're feeling a bit low?

Well, I haven't mentioned the "M" word on here before, but I've found that with the menopause has come some occasional low moods. 
No logical "reason" for it, and nothing to sort - so instead I'm learning to accept it and finding some ways to manage it. 

The first is to not beat myself up about it - remind myself it will pass; remind myself that God doesn't love me because of what I doThinking of others helps, as does gratitude. 
Like David, who "encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God", I especially love to worship and find it really helps.
When we praise and worship, we're reminded of so many wonderful truths - not least that God is bigger than the situation we face. We sing about Jesus and what He has done for us, how He's changing us, and how He loves us - great medicine!

My two current favourite obsessions are

"It may look like I'm surrounded, but I'm surrounded by You"
"I have a future, my eyes are open, cos when You called my name I ran out of that grave - out of the darkness into Your glorious day!"

I love these two songs right now - as an aside, those close to me know when I have a new favourite song, as I quickly add it to my Spotify playlist - sometimes in multiple versions, and I search out the story behind the song, and it can be heard playing in every room in the house, and I hum it constantly :) Pretty annoying!

So what about you? 
How do you manage low moods? 
I'd love to hear your praise and worship recommendations?


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