Replacing my Sadness with God’s Joy


Life can be sad – plain and simple.  I think I forget that simple truth.  And you know, that’s okay – life is tricky, it’s stressful, happy, and trying all at the same time.

If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know I am fairly open about my struggle with depression for years.  It all really began to surface right after I married when I was 24 and my mother’s health began to severely decline due to her diagnosis with Multiple Scelrosis.  I am sure there are many other factors, but those are the two changes that really stick out in my mind of life changes that occurred.   The problem with my condition and something that resonated here with what Sue shared, is that sadness is considered to be a short-term issue, well – my sadness and hopelessness continued for years…… it did not go away or subside.

Thankfully I am on the other side of extreme symptoms of depression and God’s grace has been amazing by bringing so many elements into my life to help me – His love, an amazing husband, essential oils and friends.

I know we can all relate as moms to seasons of sadness and depression.  But I do love this reminder:

It’s in the season’s of difficulty that we need to remind ourselves about the greater truth.  The facts of our circumstances do not always make something true.

I tend to allow words to top truth.  I forget God’s word and can easily allow my thoughts to spiral down to a hopeless state.  Am I the only one?   It takes real intentional effort to keep my mind in check!

Something I have noticed that really helps me is to a simple thing that I have lost the older I get and more task orientated I am.  It is no secret around our home, I am a severely driven person with goals and high expectations of myself.  This is a good quality, until it becomes all I am.  

I noticed this on Mother’s Day, when I actually was able to sit at a professional baseball game for several hours in the company of my family and enjoy just being.  Don’t get me wrong, I love stuff like that – but I often will have an excuse to not “go have fun” because I feel driven to complete a task or a huge list of tasks.  I, in the end loose my JOY and real focus on what is important.  

I intentionally have to remember this – to have FUN!  I love how Sue put’s it:  GET OUT OF YOUR FUNK!

So, my summer goal is to have more fun, re-organize my time so I can still get done what needs done, but be more realistic with myself.  More fun times with my family and letting lose will in the end produce more Joy for me.

Keeping in His word also will result in a confidence of who God is and my connection to him.  My new morning routine has been great – an entire hour of quiet time and then exercise to get me started for my day. By 7 AM I am already feeling success with a few things that I like to cross off my to-do list.

My next step is to be more grateful, I think that will help me refocus and settle in His goodness a bit more.  How about you?  Do you keep a gratitude journal?  Have you read “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are,”  by Ann Voskamp.  I did several years ago and maybe it is time for me to pull it out again and re-read those precious pages.    

Some perfect summer reading.  

I’ll catch you over on the Facebook page with some discussion!

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