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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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Happy Monday!

Yes, the countdown is on.

Three days left to Thanksgiving.

If you are off this entire week, you had extra praises to add to your morning devotional today. Even if you are only off on Thursday and Friday, that is a reason to be thankful.

I know I am.

So what are your plans today? What is left on your checklist? Is the pressure starting to intensely increase?


No, seriously, PAUSE. Stop whatever you are doing and take a moment to PAUSE, Breathe and Relax.

Feel free to repeat this a few times.

Allow those tight muscles to loosen up. Intercept that headache. Punch a hole into that darkness.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5

A busy week, plus a holiday, can become stressful. Unhealthy stress can tempt emotions of depression to creep in. But it doesn’t have to. You don’t have to be content with feelings of sadness or depression. Encourage yourself by speaking positive declarations that will lift your spirit.

As you take a moment to pause and take deep breathes, think and say to yourself:

It is a new day.

It is a beautiful day.

God has planned for me to a part of it.

Whatever happens today, God is in control.

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful.

I choose to give thanks.

YOU have a choice to command your day regardless of what happens in it. Do not get discouraged. Be encouraged. Do not be blinded by distractions or frustrations. This is Thanksgiving week. Do not allow anyone or anything to make your feel ungrateful.

Choose to praise the LORD and command your spirit!

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