Girls Write Out
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I'm trying to stay happy. Because when I'm not happy my books get too dark. Usually a good dose of bad reality television and espresso will do the trick.

I woke up with a tooth infection. There are few things in life that wreck your world other than a bad tooth or a killer blister. Try and think about anything else with those two things. It's nearly impossible. I think about Job and the boils, and I think, yeah, but did he have a bad tooth?

Okay, maybe he did. He certainly had his share of garbage, I'll give you that. I have to wonder if it's our turn on the Girls Write Out team. Usually one of us has a time, and we lift the other out. But right now, we're all dealing with stuff, and it's overwhelming.

I'm home from work today to work on my book, and now I have a toothache and I have to go to the dentist. Few people hate dentists more than me, so I suppose spending a little extra time in the Word and focusing on the positives of life will help lift me out of thinking about my molar.

What do you do to reenergize when life is playing Job on you?
posted at 12:04 PM  
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At 1:18 PM, Blogger Stacie said...

Set a timer, and cry. Listen to my "bad day" playlist. Get some sleep. Pray simple, desperate prayers.
I read a quote the other day that encouraged me: "It'll all be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

Praise. It really does bring the victory.

Here's a story: I was facing the most terrifying trial of my life - brain surgery and the possibility of permanent hearing loss. I was filled with fear and discouragement. The morning of my surgery, I awoke with every praise song I could think of running through my head. I started to sing them over and over. "Worthy. You are worthy..."

You know what? As I was on the gurney being rolled into the operating room, I was filled with a peace I have never known before or since. I had JOY!

To me, that was an even greater miracle than surviving the surgery and retaining all of my hearing. (which I did) That peace was a gift that can only come from God and I'm so thankful.

There you have it.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

I don't know, but I'm feeling pretty job-like these days too & trying to stay happy. They say misery loves company so know (unfortunately) you aren't alone

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh wow, great advice all around! Tonya, I hope you get lifted up today soon! It can be so overwhelming out there, but God is sufficient. I must remember that today.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger jel said...

sorry ya are in pain!

What I try to do to reenergize ,
I try to make others happy or maybe get them to laugh,
but Idon't think some get my sense of humor thou!

sorry you girls are dealing with stuff!
sending y'all a flybyhugging :)

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

jel, caught that flybyhug, right back atcha!

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

Im a tryin'. I keep having to tell myself "God is in control . It'll all work out" and repeat Bible verses. BUT waiting for an answer is hard, at least for me

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I try lots of things, but not much helps for long. This past week Mel and I have been spending a lot of time watching our favorite Netflix DVDs on TV. I often read a good book. I stay away from regular television or news. I whine to God in the car. And then I try to answer for God, such as: I'm not actually being tortured by God, I'm being disciplined so I'll become stronger. With some of us, no matter how many times we've gone through difficult trials, when we come to the next one, our question is, "Why, God? Why are you letting this happen? Do you hate me? When will this end?"

Yes, I can recall all the times God has come through for me, and yet every time something even worse comes along, with one thing piled atop another atop another, I feel as if I'm being punished for being a horrible person. But then I argue, didn't Christ die for my sins?

Yeah, Kris. I know. Vicious cycle. I hate that you're having a bad tooth today when you wanted this day for writing. Hang in there.

At 2:19 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

You ever hear of the saying, "If life hands you lemons, make lemonade"? I HATE that saying!! If all I did all day was make lemonade it would make me a worse sourpuss!

I live in constant pain and disability and it's tough. Really tough. And some days are worse than others. I don't ask God "why?" because I doubt He would answer that question to my satisfaction. So I cry a bit, and get on with what I am doing. Crying lets off the tension...kinda like a pressure cooker...and enables me to keep going.

I have learned over the years that life just happens. There sometimes is no rhyme or reason to it; it just happens. It's the result of sin messing up God's perfect world and there's really nothing I can do about it. I have learned, therefore, to be thankful that I am vertical and not bedridden, that I have friends and family who love me just as I am, that I have life and hope for an even better life with Jesus some day.

Does all of this make my days better? No. But sometimes it makes them easier to cope with. And then I leave the rest to God to fuss over. I just don't have that kind of energy!

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Hey, Valerie--Did you have an acoustic neuroma? I did, and had brain surgery to remove the tumor in 1999. I did completely lose my hearing in that ear. Glad for your excellent outcome!

Kristin, I am sorry about your tooth and hope it's better by now!

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

There's a song that's on the FIsh right now that has a line that goes something like this: but what if it was through the flood that God did his greatest work?

That's a paraphrase, but the older I get, the more my hindsight is 20/20 sharp and I see how most often he does his best work in me through those times.

It's too bad that I don't notice that when I first enter them. It would save me from a lot of whining. :)

Can one get drunk on too much whine?


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