When Fall comes and everything is dying, withering away to nothing, turning many shades of brown and the days get shorter, I feel like I’m doing the same.
Why is it? I’ve heard people talk about being more irritable, sadder, less energy during the fall and winter months but I never really understood. But now, now that I’m becoming more aware of me, my being, my feelings, I’m realizing that I fit into that category too. This change has a name, I didn’t know that, it’s called appropriately “SAD”, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Click the link if you are interested in knowing more Seasonal Affective Disorder – Web MD .
I’ve always been able to push through the moods. Which for me meant “doing more”. But as I age, I’ve not got the energy to do more.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
And if the changes in the seasons weren’t enough, let’s throw in some life struggles to add to the sadness. We all have them, you know, life struggles. They don’t go away just because the seasons change. I’m learning though.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I’ve learned that it’s okay to acknowledge my feelings. If I’m filled with sorrow I don’t hold it in. I allow myself to feel them. If I bottle it up and don’t acknowledge them, then I can never move past.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Just as the seasons change and darkened days become brighter, my sadness also changes to rejoicing. Instead of relying on myself, my own will, to push through those seasons, I go to my sweet Jesus to fill my heart.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
He is always there with me through the Holy Spirit. To comfort me, to guide down the path of each season. To lead me when I’m too weary. To help me!
1 John 4:16
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
I trust in Him. The one and only that has each and every season planned out for me. I don’t have to push through it alone.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Thank you Lord for loving me. Thank you for sending your son to save me from my sin. Thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to walk this path with. I ask you that you will continue to fill me with strength and courage to get up! Lord please be with my family. Be with my children as they are walking their own paths. I pray that their hearts will be softened to you and allow you to guide their steps. Amen!