When I was a little girl (oh, this sounds so grammaish right now!) I loved the Anne of Green Gables series. My parents got me the entire set one year for my birthday and I read them numerous times over. Then the movie came out and, oh my, I watched it a zillion and a half times.
When I am feeling down and out, I still refer to it as "the depths of despair" and then I always hear Marilla saying, "To despair is to turn ones back on God." Her voice sorta sets me back on the right path.
Winter is rough on me. I count down until the first day of spring. Our spring arrived with snow and cold. The last two weeks have been so wonderful to have SUNSHINE but it's still cold.
My attitude has been rotten. I keep trying to snap out of it, talk myself out being blue, list all my things joyful things (think Ann Voskamp), but really, it hasn't been working. And while our family is good and there IS so much to be thankful for, we have had a couple hard weeks. A tough month. It's more emotional than anything else but you know what, emotions are a big deal and when you are fighting the "depths of despair", it makes it even tougher.
I do not think I am the only one who suffers this.
I am coming out of it now. It's easier to laugh. I know it won't be long before I get some color from sunshine and wear dresses and heels again and dig my hands in therapeutic dirt as I work on flower beds.
All that leads me to this....
I have never read anything from Jen Hatmaker. I have friends who have told me I need to read her books but there is a STACK of books I have to read and I haven't gotten them all done. I keep saying "eventually" and wondering why I keep hearing her name come up.
Then I read THIS...Stuck in the Doldrums: An Attack Plan.
I cheered. Her conversation with her husband? That. Is. Me.
I am not even exaggerating, totally. me.
So, in case there are others out there that are feeling blue, I am saying I know how you feel. And go read Jen's post because it is said so well I cannot duplicate it.
And cheer up! The sun IS shining. Spring always does come, eventually. This also means that I had better start walking the track in the morning to fit into the dresses I miss wearing so much.
And to quote Red Green, "Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together."