Wow. The difference between how I feel today and how I felt last Tuesday is indescribable. But I'll try to explain anyway.
Remember how cranky and moody I was in this post? Well, since Friday (or so) I've again fallen in love with the majority of my house and yard. And even the parts which I don't like, appear more like creative challenges rather than nagging ol' problems. I've had energy galore, peace galore and contentment galore with my entire life.
What brought about these changes you ask? Lots of things, I believe, and here are some, in no special order:
1.) I highly recommend blogging about when you're feeling down. Why? Because people will then know you need prayer and they'll pray for you. I believe it's satan who wants us to stay all bottled up, alienated and miserable. After all "you have not because you ask not." And too, there's this:
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed." ... James 5:16
For years I was the "just let me wallow in muck alone, ok?" type. But no more (why would I go back to that?) A very special thanks to all you who prayed for me!
2.) When Tom returned to work, we stopped eating out and eating junk and I returned to cooking healthy stews, soups and even snacks. I've used lots of stuff from our own garden and orchard and oh my goodness... When will I finally get it ? When will I once and for all realize and remember that if I want to feel great I have to eat great? Sheesh.
3.) Autumn arrived in August. We've experienced the most glorious, cool autumnal days you could ever dream about, slants of light which remind you of your best childhood days. The annoying heat vanished and daily highs in the 60's and 70's arrived instead. Like I said, glorious stuff.
4.) I read The Shack and it helped shake some of those doldrums which love to attach themselves to us so that we forget how extremely loving and joyful God really is and how Jesus came to set us free from ourselves and from the world's junk. What a book. What a reminder of all we are and have in Him.
And that's about it. Not huge stuff, but huge enough to snap me out of whatever it was that was dragging me around by neck. Hooray and hallelujah.