Monday, October 10, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays...

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Life is pretty doggone tough sometimes.  I'm sure I can't be the only one who feels that way.  There are those wonderful periods in life where you are going along and everything seems to just be working out great... you can practically hear birds singing when you wake up and you want to sing "Zippity-doo-dah" as you go about your day.  Okay... so maybe that's taking it a bit far...but you've got the idea of what I'm talking about, don't you? But lets be serious here - do those times come along that often for you in your life?  Because if so, I'm going to be very depressed that I MUST be doing a lot wrong -- because more often than not my life seems to be running into roadblocks, hazard signs, detours and all of those other irritating hindrances that keep it from rolling along smoothly.  For each of us I'm sure those hindrances are different things, whether they are certain people in our lives, marriage, children, job, finances or whatever.  What I'm thinking about right now is not WHAT the hindrances are, but HOW to deal with them - ACCEPT what IS and press on with life moving forward.  Think what you would like, but I KNOW I'm not the only one who struggles this way.  

Last week was a horrible week for me.  It was just like a bad Monday every day of the week, making it a very long week to get through.  There wasn't one thing I could point at and say "if this would change then things would be better."  Rather, it was one of those weeks where things that hadn't bothered me for a long time were suddenly right there in the present - and they along with just the tough things we deal with in life got together and decided to give me a party like no other.  MY way of joining the party was to want to hibernate away from the world, and when I did finally come out it was to sit with a dear friend, pour my heart out and cry pitifully.  And there are not words - nor any amount of money - to tell you what being able to do that was worth to me.  

Often I will associate what's going on around me with a song (of course, it's usually a song from the past!) and today it was the Carpenters "Rainy Days and Mondays"... and honestly it kind of made me laugh.  I was just glad to look back on the last week, see how it hadn't been the greatest but here I am still standing - still pressing forward.  Guess God has given me more strength than I realize.  

Here I am blogging again on this Monday.  It is dreary outside and I've decided I'll choose the song I want for the remainder of this day.  So I'm making a choice to press on.  To remember that God has given me so many blessings in my life.  Sometimes I am surprised just WHO rises up and proves to be a true friend.  I am thankful to those people for who they are in my life.  And here are the words from the song I will go through the remainder of this Monday with....

When the valley is deep
When the mountain is steep
When the body is weary
When we stumble and fall
When the choices are hard

When we're battered and scarred
When we've spent our resources
When we've given our all

In Jesus' name, we press on
Dear Lord, with the prize
Clear before our eyes
We find the strength to press on
 ~"Press On" by Selah
I do hope you've had a good Monday...and that you have a great week.  And if you HAVEN'T had the day you would have liked, make tomorrow better.  Reach out and do something for someone else - even if it is a kind word of encouragement.  It will surely return some sunshine into your own life. 
"Continue to wait in hope...although the promise may linger, it will never come too late." C. Spurgeon {Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered. ~Ps. 119:116-117}