How do you cope with those difficult days?
Those days when you would rather stay in bed and cry. Those days when you question whether there are still good and happy times ahead of you.
I have experienced those difficult times, too. These are the things that help me cope:
- Making a list of things that I am grateful for. Doing this never fails to help dispel any negativity in my mind or pain in my heart. This helps me see that despite the “bad things” that may be plaguing me now, so many good things have happened as well. This creates a spark of hope in me.
- Listening to a worship song. Somehow, listening to a worship song changes the environment around me and inside me 🙂 For maximum effect, if I may say so, I listen to a whole playlist of worship songs lasting to an hour or more.
- Talking it out with a friend. This is usually cathartic, given, of course, that the friend is someone who knows how to listen and help “process” what I am going through. We all need to have friends who can handle not only a happy and joyful us but also a burdened and broken us.
- Reading inspiring stories, the Bible. Stories of people who overcome adversities and challenges in life are very helpful during our own personal challenging times. Reading God’s promises in the Bible is hope-stirring 🙂
- Praying to God. Talking to God will have to be part of this list. After all, this life is our journey with Him. And He has given us both love and life (you and I are part of that world mentioned in John 3: 16 🙂 ).
We will have difficult days but they will not last forever. There’s a season and time for everything — the season of hardship will eventually give way to one of singing again (Song of Songs 2:11-13).
Had this blog been online last January 31, this post would have gone live then. But as I have mentioned earlier, some hosting problems plagued this blog that time.
I am writing this now because I wanted to remember that moment 🙂 Here’s a beautiful photo of the Super Blue Blood Moon* then, taken by a friend:
So my birthday this year was just really somewhat ordinary 🙂
Well, I was not even feeling very well that day. And then my husband and I had just dinner at home (he bought a nice dinner for us and brought it home). But then, there it was. This rare jewel in the sky that night.
Somehow, it made my day extra special.
It felt like someone was winking at me, no, smiling at me from above.
Thank you, Lord, for one more year and for showing me, us such a wonderful sight in the sky.
*The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
There was some problem with my hosting since the last week of January that had me thinking that perhaps it’s time to quit blogging.
I also thought that as I got busy with my part-time work which is not an online job anyway, that yes, it might just be the time to bid blogging good bye.
Well, suffice it to say that there are two things that made me think of maybe staying in blogging a bit longer. Actually, thinking about it now, there are three 🙂
One is the willingness of my brother to help sort out the “hosting hiccup” (hopefully, it all gets sort out by next week), money that came in to pay a new host/hosting plan and the email of a contact (which came in just this morning) asking me to consider writing an article/review of a product/service.
Ah, maybe this is still the year to blog then.
It’s been 7 years since I began my 1st blog post on a paid domain and hosting. Perhaps this 7th year may not mark the end but rather a new beginning.