Thursday, February 6, 2014

We’re Going to Be Okay…Do You Believe it?

Do You Believe You’re Going to Be Okay?

"…‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’"  Mark 9:24 

You knowI am having a hard time right now.

I’m just feeling blue. It could be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)? You know not enough light or Vitamin D in this cold snowy season.

It could be just minor winter blues. I had one of the best holiday seasons everRight up there with the perfect Christmas season of old, when my kids were glee-filled, Santa was real, and we did at least a week of holiday family hanging out. My three younger grown-up girls were home for a weektogether in this house! And we got to visit with my oldest—Lauren, hubby Tony, and grandbaby Ema a couple of timestogether.

It’s not terrible.

I’m on the brink of tears most of the time. Little trickles, not the waterworks flowing. I’m moved, touched easily. And maybe a little touchy too. Sensitive. But I’m not laid out on the floor or anything. And if you know me, you know, I’m not afraid of tears. Sometimes they clear the way. 

It’s a time of new normal and looking ahead.

This past Fall I busied myself so I didn’t feel too lonely in our now childless home. But I haven’t been able to keep that grief at bay in the colder grayer slower days of winter. It comes and goes. When I hear the gleeful sounds of neighborhood kids, rosy cheeked, snowsuit bound, making snow angels and snowmen and sleigh ridingwell, I miss my kids! I have hot cocoa, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, wood for the fire, but the kids aren’t here…

We’ve got to think about moving.

We’ve got a lovely home in a beautiful town that I grew up in and where we’ve raised our kids. But the taxes are just too high. We’re slowly stepping toward our next home. Where will it be? A big move to another state? A little move down the road apiece? This Spring? The next? Or the next after that? What do we have to do to prepare? How will it ever get done?

I think back to last year when my beloved friend Sharon was going through all these huge changes. As she described the year that lie ahead—relocation, selling her home, kids getting married, her and her hubby moving in with her mom—to the 15 women gathered to share stories, share our lives, she kept saying assuredly quietly, “But I know, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay…”

And now I’m reading Holley Armstrong’s new book, You’re Going to Be Okay.  (Click to Purchase)

And believe me, I’ve gone through some tough stuff. I know you have too.

We’re going to be okay, you and me. Right? I'd love to hear how you're doing...Leave a comment!

 Speaking of Holley Gerth...She's hosting a Link-Up today. Lots of encouragement. Come join in the fun...


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  2. Amen, Elise! We are going to be all right! Because the One who started the good work at our lives is faithful to finish it. You have a beautiful family! And your daughters are gorgeous! Praying that we will both find joy in our current motherhood seasons. Please keep writing. Your writing is a blessing! Giovanna from Mops

    1. Thanks so much, Giovanna! Yes joy to us both. Blessings and thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you at the next MOPs.

  3. Your words reminded me of the season we were facing about four years ago. Moving "home" to the U.S., becoming parents to a baby girl, settling in a new city/state where we didn't know anyone, a new job. It was so overwhelming, but He kept reassuring us that we would be okay. And we were...we are. More than that. :) Blessings and prayers as you embrace this season...I know He has so much good for you, even through the tears. (((hugs)))

    1. Hugs back Mel! Yes, it does sound like you know what it's like to be unanchored.'s unsettling, but thank God He is our anchor no matter where we go. And I believe truly He is with us through it all. I treasure your fellowship friend!

  4. Hello Elise...I stumbled upon your blog just now and am so glad I did. I can relate to so much of what you shared in the post today...moving, grown kids, winter blahs, the future. And you are so right. We all ARE OK because He is more than OK and He takes really good care of us. Since you mentioned SAD I have to share this post with you...and the chocolate recipe really is good and a great happy brain boost. Blessings to you... :)

    1. Thanks so much Sheila for stopping by. I'm heading over to you now. A chocolate recipe to boost the winter blues? I'm in!


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