Five Minute Friday: Blue

Is there something wrong that the word “blue” makes me think of sadness?  “The blues”  Feeling melancholy… For some of you out there, the fight to stay out of the blues has never been a problem.  If you are someone like me, though, it can sometimes be a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute thing.Water's Edge  And I don’t like to admit that.  It feels weak.  I want to be strong.  In fact, in many ways, I am strong.  I keep going, keep laughing, keep hugging, kissing boo boos, listening to dreams, doing the dishes and the laundry, the dusting and the sweeping.  There are so many moments I enjoy in this beautiful life.  But I also realize, as my sister says, that I want “sunshine and rainbows” all the time.  I’d rather the house stayed perfect, nothing ever went wrong, nothing broke…I think you know what I mean.  But this life here is not like that and my impatience with it only heightens my longing for heaven.

Above is the paragraph I accomplished in five minutes of blogging – what I’d like to add is this:  I feel the struggle some of us go through to maintain joy on a daily basis is still a taboo topic in today’s Church.  That the church teaches Christians aren’t supposed to struggle this way.  That it is even a matter of sin.  But I’ve come to realize there is no “sin” in the feelings – but the sin would be to not daily bring them before the Lord and continue to search for His grace and joy in each moment.  The sin would even be in not sharing about this struggle and allowing others to come alongside in prayer and friendship.  To clarify, I’m not talking here about deep depression, just a general “glass is half-empty” outlook on life, its so hard to put the feeling into words – maybe an unsettled, anxious, sad-ish type feeling that seems to swirl around the outskirts of my mind most of the time?  I’m the person who tends to be anxious and worried?  If you know someone like this, give them some encouragement today!

 

This post was written in response to a “Five Minute Friday” writing challenge on Kate Motaung’s blog.  If you want to check it out and join, click here.  Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Blue”

  1. Thank you for your honesty and sharing about your tendency on blued. I am very much the opposite yet I know what feeling blue means. Only Jesus offers us joy in the midst of every day chaos. And if I don’t spend quality time with Him, it is more difficult to be joyful all the time. Thank you, neighbor. God bless you and yours!

  2. Yes, I find at times I’m just fighting the blahs and blues. It takes turning my focus off the negative and giving thanks in all things makes the difference.

    Thanks for these encouraging words! Glad to meet up with you on fmf! Happy Friday to you!

  3. I agree, it can be hard to feel joyful when we see all the bad things that are happening in the world, in our neighborhoods, in our homes. I understand that struggle and I understand that “Hang in there!” is possibly the least helpful thing that anyone can say. When my mood is down, I keep reminding myself that He is the God of all comfort and He will never leave me.

  4. Thank you for your kind words! It was hard for me to publish this post, but I wanted to put it “out there” so we can be more free to talk about what we struggle with. For many people this is not their struggle, so it may be hard to relate or understand. There are many things I do and try, but I know with my personality, it will always be something I’m working on. I can share some of those things in a future post, but really, I was helped a lot by Ann Voskamp’s book “One Thousand Gifts” and her honesty there gave me the courage to be honest here.

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