Sunday, October 3, 2010

"I don't live in a fairytale, and birds don't help me with housework."

I guess we can call it "the blues", although I don't like giving it a name.  "It" began to creep its ugly venom into my head, oh, maybe a couple weeks ago.  I began to realize that I was constantly complaining.  Although not always vocalizing my complaints, they were taking up home inside me.  I was also feeling very "ho-hum", lazy, tired, frustrated...NOT the person I am or want to be.   I married a man who isn't the first to volunteer for let's-talk-about-our-feelings time, but for some reason he encourages me to do so.  God knew exactly what I needed in a spouse in this regard.  So we began to talk about different areas of life that may be contributing to this situation...and I cried like a little girl :)

This is one of those things that, once I start talking about it, makes me feel silly for getting so worked up and emotional.  Without going into too much detail, circumstances at work, situations/concerns with family and friends, my health, being a wife, being productive with my time, etc. began to overwhelm me.  Maybe those of you reading this are better at this than I am, but we can't let Satan lead us to believe that our feelings are not valid; but more importantly, we need to recognize when we are allowing Satan to take over our feelings and use them against us. He wants us to feel weak, depressed, unmotivated, and to wallow in a murky existence of self-pity; the exact opposite of who God created us to be!  I turned to the Bible and the promises of God to remind myself that I can overcome anything life throws at me, big or small, and grow and become stronger as a result of the situation.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'"
Psalm 91:1-2

Matt and I were able to use this as an opportunity to grow as husband and wife. He was there to encourage me to speak about what I was feeling, to understand without judging, and to pray for me.  Hubby really stepped up to the plate on this one, and I am so grateful that he is mine. 

As I was looking back through my notepad from church, I came across my notes from the women's conference with Nicole Johnson.  It wasn't really relevant at the time of the conference, but as I read through my notes, I absorbed the message like I had never heard it before.  One portion of my notes read: "We don't live in a fairytale; birds don't help with housework" and another portion read "Keep our princess hearts, as daughter of The King.  Our glass slipper is the Bible, the promise of God."  Exactly what I needed to hear during this time of my life!  By going to that conference back in Spring, I am now able to draw upon it as encouragement.  Here is a clip of a skit Nicole performed at the conference.  I am not even a mother yet, and can only imagine how much more I will need to draw from this then!

God sees us, we are not invisible, and I pray that the work we are completing at home, at school, in personal relationships, and in business will stand to represent not ourselves...but our great God. 

Much encouragement from one woman to another,
no matter your current struggles or walk of life!

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