Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New footing




It's been sober in blogland lately. Our hearts are all heavy with the devastation in Haiti, and then for some the news of a friend who's lost a husband, and then another family who has a lost a child...two things I can't even imagine. Life is full of the unexpected. We never know when it will be our turn to experience this kind of pain and the thought would be overwhelming if we didn't have the assurance of God's grace and mercy during those times.


When I hear of tragedy in other's lives, not only does it make me want to DO something...to fix it, it makes me reevaluate my own life...my blessings. I feel a little guilty talking about this when there are so many hurting, but can I just give a praise report? As many of you know I struggle with seasonal depression, and in the past it has really affected my life. There were many days where it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed, to put one foot forward, to do laundry etc... I had no energy and no internal compass for happiness.






I'm not sure how or why, but I feel the cloud lifting. I have felt sooo happy inside for the past few weeks. I know that many have been praying for me, so I know it's the Lord 100%. We have also been blessed with many sunny days here and that always makes a difference. I have completely changed my eating and in the process I'm finally seeing the pounds melt away:) I have two very exciting trips to look forward to this winter, and lastly I feel like I have gained control over my thoughts. I am taking them captive so to speak. It's so weird to feel joy in the Winter, this is almost unknown to me. So thank you for listening, for letting me spill over with joy. I am so grateful.




Have a blessed day.








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56 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are feeling joy. I have never had any type of depression in my life, but the lack of sun here has really been affecting me. I didn't know people suffered from seasonal depression. Now I get it. I started taking some vitamin D to see if it would help. Have you had your levels checked in the past?

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  2. The sun is shining through the clouds, I love it. So happy for you, this is great news. And congrats on losing weight, that is fantastic. It's amazing how quickly we see results when we improve our diets.

    Keep smiling :)

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  3. Thrilled that you are feeling better. Depression is an awful thing but a very
    real thing. Congrats!! on your weight loss. You go Girl!!!

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  4. I am feeling better physically and emotionally since I started eating better. It is amazing how great I feel. All because of better food choices.

    I love your posts! You always touch a nerve with me, and I LOVE IT!

    Thanks girl!!

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  5. I'm so, so glad. *hugs* We had one...yes ONE day of sunshine so far this winter. It was on Sunday and I watched it as I participated in a yoga course...it was all good.

    I can't imagine losing a child or a husband; my heart goes out to those that have. It makes me want to lock the doors and coorie in with them all but of course, you need to let people be and hope that they will be safe; to count our blessings and to be glad that a good day was had.

    Lovely post, thank you so much for sharing.

    Helen xx

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  6. So amazing how God works. I watched fireproof just last night (by myself :( - God's timing right :) And you have the Love Dare as part of your post. Talk about a kick in the pants... I love it when God isn't subtle... he just puts it right there SMACK! Hugs, The Lady

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  7. I'M SO GLAD THAT THE SUN IS SHINNING IN YOUR HEART! I THINK AS WE GO FORWARD DOING FOR OTHERS, THE SUN CANNOT BE KEPT FROM US, AND I KNOW YOU DO THAT BECAUSE YOU DO IT HERE! SENDING YOU A BIG HUG...STAY HAPPY! COME SAY HI :D

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  8. Praise the Lord! What an awesome thing to thank Him for!

    I love how you have a love dare at the end! I'm going to think about how to greet my husband today!

    Hugs,
    Traci

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  9. You are special. I love you for sharing. Thanks so much for just being real and being you!
    Hugs,
    Rhonda
    love the new background!

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  10. I'm so happy for you dear Becky. cute cute pictures too!

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  11. So glad you are doing so well! You can just read it in your words! I love it!

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  12. You make me feel happy, just by reading your words. Thank you.

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  13. So great to hear things are wonderful in your corner! I am missing blogging as my life has been so hectic but these words encourage me today! Happy Tuesday :)

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  14. I too suffer from depression When we moved to AZ from ID I thought it would help but husband was out of work for 6 months and that threw me for a loop. Now he's employed and I've tried to stay busy. I know depression is a real thing and I think you're right that God will help. I've tried medication and it just hasn't been too helpful. Glad to hear you are feeling more UP. Enjoy the sunshine and the succor.

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  15. I'm so happy your winter is going better this year -- and that you are taking your thoughts captive! You go girl! So proud of you. Thanks for bringing some uplifting news.

    Hugs!

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  16. Yay! Way to go! I have been thinking about you often as I go through waves of slight depression and winter crank. So glad to hear this is a joyful season for you. God is SO good! I'm glad you chose to respond to that goodness and see light in the midst of dreary days. Awesome praise report! :)

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  17. That's SOOOOoooo awesome, Becky! I celebrate with you!

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  18. So happy that you're doing well this winter! I don't do well with the lack of sun and gloomy days during this season. If you don't mind me asking, what are you doing different in your diet?

    Enjoy your week!
    Jo

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  19. I don't think I suffer from seasonal depression but I have been diagnosed as "clinically depressed" since I was 15. I'm almost 27 now and I still randomly wake up feeling like the world is due to cave in on me because things have been going well for so long. These days it doesnt take much for me to tip the emotional scales and start crying for no real reason or worrying over all the little "what if's" that pop in my mind. Trusting God and reading his word is the only joy that I find on these days and even then I don't really want to open my Bible and read. I know this is something that will never fully go away but one verse keeps me going (well many verses but this one reminds me that God hasn't forgotten about me, nor will he ever) it's from Luke 1:45
    "Blessed is she who believes that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!" (Emphasis mine)
    I know that God has promised many things to me, but knowing that he WILL accomplish not only what he promises but what he's promised ME means so much to me, even in my darkest hours.

    ((kids needed homework help, had more to say but lost my train of thought, hopefully it will come back to me and I'll email you later if/when I remember what else I wanted to say lol))

    Love ya Girly,
    ~Autumn

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  20. So glad to hear this, girl! Isn't God good?

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  21. I'm so glad! I'm beginning to feel the clouds lifting too--probably due to that extra daylight we're FINALLY getting!

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  22. oh Becky, this is a wonderful post! Of course, you can give a Praise Report, any time you want!
    I would like to hear more specifically how you have changed your eating habits.
    I already know that does make a big difference, but would just like to know what you are doing, when you get time.

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  23. Yay Joy!!! I always love hearing when someone overcomes, especially depression ;)

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  24. This news made my day!! I am so happy you are feeling better! xo

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  25. I always love to hear how God is moving in other's lives. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. You deserve every ounce of happiness you feel :) So glad to hear your feeling better!

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  27. When I had cancer and felt really crappy I would look around and wish that other people would really appreciate what they had. I would tell myself that when things got better I would be forever grateful.

    Its never a bad thing to count your blessings.

    Congrats on a little sunshine....in your house and in your soul. It does feel good to be healthy and such a triumph to see those punds melting away. For me its easier to feel good emotionally when I feel good physically.

    Yay for a happiness in you winter!

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  28. I'm so glad for you Becky! Sounds like you have many blessings holding you up even with the sunless days hovering over.

    Just today I was thinking about what a dreary day it was and has been for days here in Indiana. Then I remembered I could choose to give in to being depressed over it or choose to commit to joy in the Lord instead. Someone told me once that Joy is a commitment. It's not a feeling. Doesn't mean I always listen to that good advice, but this morning it did help me to choose to not give in to my feelings. But I did come home to take a nap after work and I think mostly due to it being almost dark outside by 5:00pm. I should do like you and give up sugar. Just haven't made myself do it yet. I know it would make a huge difference. I'm proud of you for being so strong and giving it up and now you see the rewards of it with pounds lost. AWESOME FOR YOU! Keep spreading the encouragement to let it go. Maybe I will catch the bug eventually.

    You are such an encouragement to me,
    Lee Ann

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  29. Yeah! I'm so glad to hear good news! :) I've been feeling guilty lately because the "problems" in my life are so insignificant compared to others and what's going on in the world. I have so much that I am grateful for but I can get wrapped up in my own little pity party sometimes. It's horrible.

    Will you share with me what diet changes you made? I really need to get motivated and change mine...I just can't stop thinking about all the "good" food I'll be missing out on.

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  30. So encouraging to read on this dreariest of cooped up days. :) Having something to look forward to always helps!

    ps- Love the new background!

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  31. this is a great dare!
    i'm going to try it!!!
    -kelley

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  32. I love that you have a praise report....and an amazing one at that! Oh I wish I could hug you and we could do a little celebrating somehow!

    I just received my books from Amazon today - the love dare. My husband and I have been on the 'crazy cycle' lately (have you read Love & Respect by Dr. Emmerson Eggrich?) anyway - I need a tangible 'to-do' - and I'm so excited for these books.

    HUGS to you, Becky on this oh-so happy day!

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  33. I suffer with the same thing. You really have to push yourself some days, just to go through the day. Blogging is really helping me lately :), thanks to all you wonderful bloggers.
    I am so glad you are feeling so much better :) It is strange to explain to people that just don't get it. Here in Blogland, there just seems to be so much grace and understanding.
    Praise God from whom all blessing flow.
    Have a blessed week.

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  34. I just want to give you a big hug, I'm so happy for you and your many sunny days you are having and feeling! God is amazing and prayer is soooo awesome, wishing you many more glorious days ahead for you my friend,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  35. So happy to hear that you are feelling so good. You're so right -- there is so much power in prayer. Take care!

    Janet

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  36. That is AWESOME...I can feel your joy and passion right through the type!

    Enjoy each second!

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  37. Thank you so much for your blog today. I love reading your blog. Today on my blog I was talking about What do I know of Holy. How sometimes we make God so small and talk to much and we forget how big and great he is. I'm so glad that today you got up with the sun in your step. I will be praying for you that God will keep you strong and that the Sun will always shine(even if its not) so you have a blessed day...Thank you for being true about things.

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  38. I'm so glad you're feeling happy and joyful!!! It's been a good Winter for me too (I usually get the same Winter blues...even feeling down right lethargic...). I really think it's being a part of this wonderful blog community that has helped...it's so uplifting to have people encourage you and your creativity! I wish for you many more days of sunshiney thoughts and warm feeling :)

    :) T

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  39. I'm so glad your feeling happy!
    That is great news!
    This was a nice post~

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  40. UGH, I am SO glad you posted this! We to know of a family who lost a child this past weekend, he was a member of DD's rodeo association...I too use these times to have "life check" as a reminder that nothing is forever and should not be for taken granted, which I do ALL the time! There are so many people hurting out there right now and it just breaks my heart!

    I glad the Lord has blessed you with some joy through this winter time! It is difficult on the soul to be without the freshness of the outdoors for SO long!! I cannot wait for Spring!

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  41. awesome! what a praise!!!
    you are always a delight! xo

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  42. Good for you! I'm smiling just thinking about you "spilling over with joy":) Have a happy week! Hugs:)

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  43. Sunshine and eating well makes such a difference. Another thing I've been doing lately that helps is taking Vitamin D and cod liver oil.

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  44. Praise God, Becky! What wonderful news to read about at a time when I've also been swimming in devastating news here and there. I'm just tickled that the big D is lifting. Isn't it amazing?! xoxo

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  45. Yay!! I'm so happy for you!! Joy is a beautiful thing and the Lord is so good to give it freely when we focus on him and ask for his help. What a wonderful answer to prayer!

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  46. i've got a copy of the love dare sitting on my shelf. i haven't been able to get through the first dare. how pathetic is that? congrats that you're on day 9!!

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  47. Oh girly I am praying big ole joy, hope, amazing smiles and just awesomeness (is that a word? It is now!) to continue all over you and never stop no matter winter, spring, summer, fall or even on a rainy day. So glad that some good sweet soul shine has hit your heart the last couple of weeks.
    Sending you smiles friend,
    xo,
    k

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  48. Yay!!! I am so happy for you Becky! Praise God! I am sending you big hugs! Have a great rest of the week!

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  49. Hi Becky!
    I am happy that you have been feeling better! This is great news! The sun does help!!
    Keep it up....I really am glad to get this update because I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are. :)
    Hugs!

    Beth

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  50. Wow - I love your blog, your songs and THIS post. Our King is amazing. I can't imagine doing life without Him even in the daily struggles - let alone the big ones. Bless you sweet Becky.

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  51. SO perfectly said!
    i have been in prayer... in thought over so much.
    so many lives forever changed.

    i am so happy to hear the changes in you. God's grace right upon you.
    you're so beautiful... so blessed... so inspiring.

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  52. I really am enjoying this book....my mom-in-law put it in my hands and said, "My gift to my son-in-law." She's asking him to read it too :)
    Great heartfelt post in this sad time.
    hugs,
    L

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  53. Oh, so happy for you!! Yeah, Becky!!

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  54. Yeah! So happy for you Becky! I am gonna stop & pray for you right now ~ Praise & for continued "Sunny Days."

    Target has a t-shirt in the girl's department that is bright yellow that says---SUNNY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN--it brightens up the whole house & mood when she wears it! Yesterday it was cloudy & she said, "but my shirt says sunny days are here again." so we had a talk about how sometimes sunny days are just on the inside :)

    I think when she outgrows it I will cut it & frame it for our kitchen :)

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  55. I know that everyone has been touched and saddened by the devastation in Haiti.....but we must continue living and Yeah for you ~ I wish you many more sunny days. xo

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