From Gloom to Gratitude

There is a beautiful quote by C.S. Lewis in which he says, “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time—waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God—it changes me.”  Yesterday, I found that to be the case as my mood changed, thanks to answered prayers for help, from one of gloom to one of gratitude.

I was “just having one of those days.”  I was in a rotten mood.  No matter how hard I tried to shake the gloom on my own, nothing worked. 

 I believe nothing was working because I was trying too hard on my own. 

But as soon as I opened up my heart to say a little prayer to ask for help, I found I had resources right in front of me.  I let God lead me—and He led me to the laughter, love, and kindness that comes from friends and family.  Before I knew it, my mood was starting to lift.  It may be just one small example, but I believe that the change was definitely due to an openness to God and prayer. 

There was a time in my life where I felt like I had to do everything on my own. But that is not a good way to live. I needed God, and so yesterday, I prayed a simple prayer one of my friends taught me, “Jesus, help me.”  

When I ended the day, I felt a deep sense of gratitude for the gifts God had given me during the day—most specifically—the people in my life.

Have you ever had a bad day that was turned around by prayer?  Or do you feel God gave you certain gifts to help you through rough times? 

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