Winter + Hormones = Not a Good Mix

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I am Christian, lover of Jesus, follower of Christ, but sometimes I still suffer sadness when all outward appearances mimic gladness.  I am woman with lots to do, lots to think about, and accomplish.  Add to that a very complex mix of hormones.  They’re real, just ask my husband.

I fall into this place of self-condemnation at times because after all I am a child of the King and He is enough to get me through all things, right?  I believe this and have experienced this, but if I am honest there are times when I just can’t peal myself off the bed to do one more thing.  I find myself feeling like a failure for entertaining self-condemnation for even a split second.

This is a new year and I want to be excited about new opportunities and new goals to attain, but my goodness there is a vacuum that keeps sucking the very life out of me day in and day out as I rise to take a fresh start.

I dare say I am not alone in this.  So many of us are scared to utter such words for fear that someone might think we are lacking in our faith or commitment to the Lord.  I am neither, just sad…

The gray cloud that hovers over frigid temperatures have honestly flash frozen my enthusiasm.  I know it won’t last forever (I hope), but it is a season that is not what I like to consider fun times.

I wasn’t going to post anything today because I felt as though I couldn’t share unless I had some cheery post to uplift others.  Instead, I decided to be vulnerable and allow you to share in knowing that Christian women have days that wax and wane simply because we are woman.

I have peace in knowing God is not surprised by my womanhood and the very hormones that tend to embellish winter.

Let us not forget (SAD)…

Some suffer from (SAD) a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer.  (www.mayoclinic.org)

God is okay with us caring for ourselves and not being on top of the world every single second of every day.  I am learning the hard way that I am way more difficult on me than God will ever be.  He loves me and He loves you even still when I’m sad and grouchy and yes even when I fall into that dirty ‘ol trap of self-condemnation.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” — Jeremiah 31:3

Thank you Jesus for you everlasting love!  Sisters pray with me as we seek warmer, brighter days.  Hold fast to the one that will always walk through the valley with us.  Take heart in knowing He is with us always and promises never to leave us nor forsake us.

In His Warm Love,

Kelli

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. shelly
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Kelli, thank you for allowing us such freedom of expression as children of God. I too have found it difficult to toss those covers back and embrace the day. But as I talk to my Father about those feelings, He gives me the strength to put one foot in front of the other. Is the joy automatic? No. But He is faithful, and I get through it–hormones and all! Smile. Love you, lady and praying.

  2. Posted January 8, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Too true, Kelli. Thanks for being honest and open- it takes courage to do so! Even people in the Bible faced depression and unexplained sadness even though they knew the truth about God and His work in their lives. Sometimes my emotions don’t cooperate with what I know is real. Thanks for adding those encouraging verses at the end, too. I’m going to have to bookmark this page and refer back to them when I need them later this winter. 🙂

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