There are days when my life is going well. Nothing is really off kilter. The kids are healthy. Only minor things are broken (like the clothes dryer). Yet I’m in the dumps.
There is no reason for my doldrums. I should be grateful, and I am, but I don’t feel it.
Anyone with me on this?
So I beat myself up, chew myself out, chastise the ungrateful whelp I am.
And maybe I need to. But truly, it doesn’t do much good. I already feel miserable enough.
In the Dumps
So what can be done to break out of the blues?
I could ask for God’s help (always the first thing to do in and before every situation).
I could get in the Word (yep, excellent choice).
I could call a friend (might help).
I could watch a movie (usually just wears me out).
I could find some quiet space to just be (that could provide some much-needed rest).
All of these are legitimate choices, and the first two should be incorporated for sure.
But honestly, sometimes none of the above does much good.
Some days will just be bummer days. And the most helpful thing may be to accept it will happen. [←Tweet this.]
So here’s my best advice for just getting through such a day:
- Keep moving (or get moving). A walk with my head down is usually better than no walk at all. And, if nothing else, at least I’m getting some exercise.
- Cut yourself some slack and recognize that you are not perfect like Jesus. The blues will come even though we are blessed far more than we know or deserve.
- Just get through the day—tomorrow is a new day with new gifts and new mercies. Put one foot in front of the other and make it to the end of the day. Then you can throw yourself under the covers and put the doldrums behind you. It’s a rare occurrence when I don’t awaken with a much better attitude.
It’s a promise: God’s mercies are new every day. But some days we just need to get to the next one to appreciate the current mercies we are given. [←Tweet this.]
So, my friend, go ahead and be bummed if it’s one of those days. But come back strong tomorrow and embrace its gift of God’s unending grace.
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23
Reflection: Do you have any other tips for changing the color of a blue day?
Although a bit late, I’m once again linking up with Ann Voskamp’s 2014 Joy Dare. Find the linkup at A Holy Experience. Beginning where I left off in 2013. What a blessing! #2966–2986, read the entire list by clicking here.
- Hosting friends whom we seldom see for supper; Watching a fawn frolic outside our window; Safety from the storms;
- Joey’s words after a walk with Rach: “I love how she enjoys the simple things.”–such a perceptive young man; More friend time; Deer gathering under apple trees
- Tennis with Danny and Joey; Kitten “stalking” a deer; Our evening resident deer herd
- Afternoon of canoeing and fishing with dear out-of-state friends; Evening campfire with more out-of-town friends; Deep peace being on the water brings to me
- Enjoying evening around the fire with friends and family; Joey’s fun with some fireworks; Being a citizen of the United States
- Sipping Chai tea and welcoming the morning at our barn sanctuary; A mostly lazy day with a bit of weeding thrown in; Ending the day watching Lord of the Rings: Return of the King with the kiddos
- Fabulous day with all the kids: first a picnic, then checked out Cedar Rock State Park and finally ending with ice cream!; Sermon on soul-rest in Jesus–need to hear that over and over; Amazing evening sky
Yours in grace ≈ Julie
Yours in grace ≈