Thoughtful Thursday – March 16, 2017
It’s March break here and on top of it we have just turned our clocks forward so that we could all feel awful for a week. (Who’s idea was that again?)
So the usual question is:
What has been dominating your thoughts lately?
Today I don’t have a guest posting, I am going to share my own thoughts.
At the tail end of winter, you could say it is easy to fall into the winter blues. Deprived of vitamin D and sunshine, our bodies are ready for spring and the sun’s restorative rays. My tulips were peeking out of the soil last week and then they got snowed on. I hope they survive!
At this time of year you and I may be prone to some down days, where you just feel low. You know, those days when you just want to curl up and go back to bed rather than face the day. When you are sick of snow and facing freezing cold winds, and all you want it to be able to break out the flip flops and t-shirts. Let me tell you something, from my own experience.
You cannot, and should not go through it alone!
If you don’t have a support group, or a circle of friends you can turn to when your emotions are going wild, or your body is aching, or you are wrestling with a prayer request, or you just need a hug, (virtual hugs work too) it is hard to go through tough days. These friends may gather at your local coffee shop or they may be an online group or they may even be people you have never met in real life, but either way, I have found great value in this sort of support. (SHOUT OUT TO MY GIRLS!! You know who you are!)
The power of knowing that you are not alone in your struggle is unbeatable. One of the lies the enemy feeds us is this: “You are the only one going through this, no one else will understand.” or “There’s no hope for you, you are alone!”
LIES, LIES, LIES!
You are never alone!
Whether you have a wonderful support group or not, you are never alone. God is right there with us, He is waiting for us to run to Him, instead of run away from Him. When we are weak, He truly shows His strength through us, and through the love and support of His people. (Ok, there will be naysayers, — nobody’s perfect.)
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.
Psalm 18:6 (NIV)
A little secret though….even in your sorrow, struggle or pain, as weak as you feel, if you are able to encourage and love on someone else, you will feel a WHOLE lot better. It truly IS more blessed to give than to receive. So in a nutshell, don’t believe the lies that you hear in your head, seek the truth, Reach out to a friend for help, and bless someone else. You’ll feel a whole lot better, and even thought the night seems dark, everything looks better in the morning!
Let me hear your thoughts?
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats.