There is a song taken from the book of Isaiah that says,
" He gave me beauty for ashes. The oil of joy for mourning. The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. That we might be trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he might be glorified."
Today I asked for a garment of praise in place of this spirit of heaviness. As I graded papers, I listened to songs that helped me focus on God and remember that He is enough. Verses kept coming to mind. "Do not grow weary in doing good for you will reap if you faint not." (Gal. 6:9) "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (II Cor.12:9) My focus shifted to the positive, to praise. One practical way for me to do that is on my facebook. I have decided for at least the next week to list things I am thankful for today as my posts. I am also trying to get more sleep. Sleep always helps my perspective especially when it is combined with some time with God. So hopefully if you see me today, you will see a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness.
Dear God, Thank you that your grace is sufficient in all things. May I wear a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. May your spirit fill me so that there is not room for anything else. Amen