Well later in the day I ran to the grocery store for some things, and on the way home, as I was driving and listening to some awesome praise n worship music, I listened to the lyrics in the song, which said..."Praise the Lord, He can work through those who praise Him, praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise, for the chains that seem to bind us, serve only to remind us that they drop powerless behind us when we praise Him!"
And it hit me!
So I started calling out to Him...thanking Him for all the good things in my life, recalling the many blessings He bestows on us day after day, remembering all the answered prayers, and the way He's surrounded us with friends and prayers and encouragement.
And before I knew it, my spirit lifted and the blues were gone. My heart was literally over-flowing with joy and peace...and gratitude.
I know this, because I've done it so many times. I know that when our hearts are down, if we start to praise Him, to lift up His name, to recount all our blessings and victories, His spirit comes to us and surrounds us, and fills us.
But sometimes, its not easy to do because our "feelings" or emotions are tempted to pull us down, and keep us down.
But I'm so thankful the Lord has given us a way to overcome our trials, a way to change our attitudes and to refocus our minds and hearts on Him, and off our circumstances.