I have been a wanderer
Not taking time to seek.
I have moved farther away
Creating distance between you and me.
I fed my sorrow, wore my pain
And silently rebuked Your Name.
Satan wrapped me in blankets of fear.
He whispered disbelief into my ear,
“There is no purpose for you being here,
Go back to where your comforts were near”.
Despite the twisting in my soul
To turn away and run,
I laid down in my defeat
To let Satan finish what he’d done.
But then I heard a familiar voice,
Inside that twisting soul.
A voice that broke down every wall,
Speaking into me love and hope.
“My child, my child,
I’m not finished with you yet.
Come to me my child,
Come to me and find your rest.
From the the rooftops I proclaim, that I am yours.
I am yours.
All that I am I place into your loving hands,
I am yours, I am yours.
Jesus here I am
arms wide open
here I am
heart wide open
Jesus here I am, here I am.0 listens
Alex Korb lays out several intriguing pieces of brain research that suggest gratitude can do more than just make you smile. Consistent feelings of gratitude may actually affect brain health!
In one, a group of people assigned to keep “gratitude journals” showed higher reported feelings of optimism and determination, and fewer reports of body pains. In another, feelings of gratitude were associated with less depression and anxiety and improved sleep.
Through a combination of behavior studies and some research into brain chemicals like dopamine, it seems at least plausible that being thankful can increase your brain’s “reward circuits”. Korb relates this to something called the “virtuous cycle”:
Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle. Your brain only has so much power to focus its attention. It cannot easily focus on both positive and negative stimuli. It is like a small child: easily distracted. Oh your tummy hurts? Here’s a lollipop. So you lost your job? Isn’t it wonderful we’re having KFC for dinner? On top of that your brain loves to fall for the confirmation bias, that is it looks for things that prove what it already believes to be true. And the dopamine reinforces that as well. So once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for. That’s how the virtuous cycle gets created.
It’s certainly a simple way to look at complex brain behaviors, but I think it’s very suggestive proof that science says it’s good to be thankful.
I love me some brain science.
You are a person that deserves love and appreciation, attention and affection. You have valid feelings and emotions that deserve to be acknowledged. You matter and the experiences that shaped you matter. You are not defined by your mistakes; give yourself the space to…
What a beautiful reminder to keep believing in ourselves. God heals.