Right in the Face
It's been a different sorta year, trudging slowly through mud with a big fat harry monkey on my back. Change is hard. I somehow failed to see the gigantic waves coming my way, totally blind sided by the trials of transitions caused from the move. Changing gears, moving to a new city, leaving behind the familiar city our entire family called home wasn't as easy as I had anticipated. Pulling up huge roots a little at a time, dragging them in dirty clumps behind the prison van all the way down the interstate. Trying my darndest everyday, morning, noon and night, desperate to get my grove back. I. Can Do.This.
I burned smelly rubber attempting to kick the funk and suck it up. Sorry to the nice people of Charlotte as I walked around for months with an atomic wedgie while taking my own advice to simply pull up my big girl panties. Despite my efforts and well earned rashes, the blues stuck around, refusing to leave. Some things did help. I can see the light once again.
God however does not. HE never leaves you or forsakes you. HE always hears us. HE is always ready and willing to meet us for long talk and hot cup of coffee. God has never forgotten my birthday, sent me a nasty email, given me an ugly attitude, mis-understood me or thought I wasn't worth his time, love and energy. Spend quiet time with the Lord, DAILY.
Find some scripture, write it down, put it where you can see it and feel it, multiple places in your everyday life. All over your house, your car, tuck an index card in your sports bra, in your pocket and tape it to the back of your Otter Box phone case. Above everything else written here this is the best advice from my heart I can pass on to you.
Old school country songs and ballads won't do. Lyrics and slower rhythms that promote big ugly cries isn't where it's at. Don't stay on that screen. This is the audio version of gorging your way through a dozen cupcakes in an unlit kitchen after the family has gone to sleep. One song, one cupcake. Yes, that is OK but most of us won't stop there. Instead, keep play lists upbeat and lively. Pick songs you can't help but shimmy shimmy co co puff your hips while folding laundry, sing loudly along to during 5 o'clock traffic jams or your favorites that evoke the need to air drum away the mundane task of dirty dishes.