One of my favorite scriptures in the world is Proverbs 17:22: “A merry heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” I did not feel like being merry the other day my heart was heavy. I had attended a dear friend’s anniversary party and loved seeing all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I began to feel sad none of our kids or grandkids live in Tucson. Then I felt sorry for myself that we do not see them that often. Then old Mr. let’s-make-you-feel-really-lousy started trying to burrow inside me and I began to feel unloved.
What do you do in those situations? My husband Ned has a special gift from God to just accept what he can’t do much about. He is loving and caring and does the best he can as a dad and grandpa and then he lets the chips fall. He prays and then goes about his day free of care.
The other evening at church the pastor said in the service “…and there is Kathy, who swallows happy pills.” Little did he know tis not always the case. I love my family with all my heart. What do you do when you feel lonely or sometimes unloved or not cared about? You know it and so do I. We all go thru this at times. For me I think I am more sensitive, because I grew up as an only child in a single parent home and I always craved love.
What do you do? Well first of all Ned took me to the Dairy Queen. I love Dairy Queen. It was the first job I ever had at 16 and I worked there all thru high school and part of college. I like the smells and people seem happy when they go there. Ned got a peanut butter parfait and me, I got the same thing I always do, I used to make it when I worked there, a half-hot fudge, half strawberry sundae with pecans on top. Ahhhhhhh..then we sat outside. The weather was grand and we got to talking to another couple. Before you know it I forgot about the sadness and started off smiling and then laughing. I had asked the Lord to restore my joy and isn’t it funny. An angel did not appear to me, but the Lord nudged me to go to a place I always loved.
For you it could be a funny movie or a silly TV show, or just a walk in the desert, breathing in God’s incredible sights and sounds. Don’t stay in the dumps, ask God to show you a way out, if you don’t you could end up with a crushed spirit and that dries up the bones. That can mean arthritis, heart problems and lots of depression. Also try journaling and let Him answer you. He is always there and will never forsake you. I love you, Kathy
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p.s. the attached pic is of my two pals, Bonnie and Toni, hoping it up at our Bible study. Yep, we do have fun and boy it makes our insides and hopefully our outsides look terrific!