Recently, I went through a period of depression. My best friend had moved, I was struggling to find new friends, and I had gotten in the habit of dwelling in the past and wishing I had done everything differently.
My best friend and I were staying in touch via a weekly phone call after her move when I confessed to her that I was feeling pretty down. She told me how using index cards had helped her through her own bad time.
A simple index card? I felt that she didn’t understand the depths of my feelings, but I was willing to listen. She went on to explain that she made a series of index cards with one positive thought per card. Each day, she chose one card at random to carry with her and look at, and it always seemed to be what she needed on that day.
I decided to give it a try. Truth? What a difference it makes in the way I approach my day to day issues!
Want to try it?
All you need are a pile of index cards, a pen, and some suggestions here for creating your own card set.
Got a to-do list that seems impossible?
There’s a quote for that:
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
— Henry David Thoreau
Pulling out your “Busy” card can remind you that there is purpose in everyday tasks — getting you right back on track.
Some days are harder than others, whether you didn’t get enough sleep or you have the new job jitters.
On such days, one of the very simplest yet most beautiful Bible verses might brighten your day.
In Corinthians 1:13, we are reminded to hold onto our faith, keep our hope, and remember the power of love.
…these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
There isn’t a situation that cannot be covered with a little creativity, pen and paper, and we can always find a verse to help us deal with it. Let’s keep going…
Feeling fearful about a situation that you can’t control?
Wish you could calm your mind?
My personal favorite of all my index cards comes from Philippians 4:6-7. And while it’s lengthy, there’s something about just turning over all my anxiety to God and replacing it with peace that makes this verse so beautiful.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Whenever I’m worried, nervous, or even angry, I seek to follow the words of this verse. It reminds us that regardless of the situation and our emotions, we can use prayer to communicate with God. So, get out your cards and see what a difference this little life change can make for you.
So, whether you like quotes from the Bible, the Torah, words said by the Pope, or a favorite author, search out a few online that speak to your heart. Put them on cards, and then you call pull the out whenever you need them… on any topic. In no time at all, not only will you feel better, but you may just become as fond of them as you are a trusted old friend.
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