This week’s Manic Monday is for all those who are down and out. Into every life alittle rain must fall, but sometimes this gets old when it seems to be a nonstop monsoon season.
I have seen my share of trouble. Here are a few seasons of life that were difficult, many of them being issues that I deal with now and will along as I am this side of heaven.
I will name just a few:
- I lost a friend and her fiancé in a motorcycle accident when I was 18.
- I lost a good sister in Christ and my spiritual hero several years ago to cancer
- My dad had a life changing stroke at Christmastime and my mother became his caregiver for the next eleven, nearly twelve years. He passed several years ago.
- I had a hip replaced at age twenty-nine, suffering with an acute form of arthritis. I suffered with the arthritis for ten years until God miraculously healed me
I have seen my share of troubles. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” We can too through Him. He can do mighty miracles physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have been in need of all three miracles.
Hod has healed me physically. There was nothing dramatic about this, but I do not have the acutely form of arthritis that I once have. God healed me of depression. When my dad first had his stroke, I was teaching school in the Franklin, Tennessee area and driving back and forth to Jackson, Tennessee every weekend. That was about a two hour drive. I found myself unable to just cheer up or even smile. As I met God early in the mornings and began pouring out my every feeling, the cloud lifted. He healed me.
Sometimes professional help is needed. Sometimes God heals without that. Sometimes we just have a case of the blues that is not quite that serious. I wanted to suggest some ideas. When we go through difficult times, we stop living. We cease laughing or anything fun. We quit playing. Think about it: kids don’t need to be told to play, but sometimes we do.
So, on that note, let’s consider some small things that might bring a smile back.
- ice cream-Sonic always has its summer menu of blasts. You will need to try a few. Once a week will do.
- chocolate also works well
- grilling out-makes me very happy
- ponds, lakes, rivers-they make me happy also
- Dollar Tree-can’t beat it
- a great garden store or nursery-LOVE flowers and herbs
- I love to try a new dessert recipe-you notice a weight gain trend here?
- a walk with my worship music going
- small children-I don’t want to take your little ones for very long, but a good Sunday in the nursery can make me happy
- just an afternoon of doing nothing or five minutes
- a good book (see some summertime suggestions below
- God’s Word-still in the book of John
- talk to someone about Jesus (that’s the purpose of this blog and Manic Monday)
Being with some sisters in Christ of mine can make me very happy real fast. Last week, we started a new If Table Gathering at a friends’ house. We all realized quickly how much we needed that. Go have coffee, lunch, brunch or ice cream with a group of sisters. Find some like mine. Come join us if you are in or near Shepherdsville. can tell and say anything and NOTHING leaves the circle.
I will continue to blog but will not be posting a Manic Monday each Monday until school starts back. Take a break for yourself. Time to go on a small vacay, staycation or get away in whatever way you can.
Best therapy: go on a mission trip. I will be in Ecuador in June. Go make Jesus famous.
Great reading list for the summer:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (best book ever)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (second best book ever)
Any novels by John Grisham-love a Southern boy
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Light, stupid, has no meaning at all:
Books by Dorothea Benton Frank
Honest, practical spiritual advise:
How to Listen to God by Charles Stanley
What will I read this summer with my new If Table Gathering?
Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio
Go celebrate freedom!