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Monday, January 21, 2008

Are you feeling blue?

Today is officially "Blue Monday." There are various reasons for this, from the lack of daylight hours to the timing of Christmas bills. Today has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year.

Isn't it good to know that we have so many reasons not to be depressed?!

So how do we get out of a funk if we're feeling one?

Psalms 68:3
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful.

Make the choice to rejoice.
Thank the Lord for all the things He has done. Rejoice in Him today.
He has been good.
Think of all the things we have to be thankful for, they are many.

Prov 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,

and good news gives health to the bones.

Spread some cheer, SMILE at someone.
Give a compliment, do something to lift someone elses heart.
Call a friend, drop an email just to say hello.
I promise that it will lift your spirits also.

Got worry??
Phil 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Remember that as children of God, the fruit of the Spirit abides in us.
Gal 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is

and self-control.

Can we stay depressed when He has given us so much?
If it was only that He loved us, I believe that would be enough.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!!!!


concerned parent said...

Wonderful post! I'm sending it to a friend who needs some encouragement today, I know it will be what she needs.

Shelley said...

Hi Sue,
Thank you so much...I needed this today!!!

Annie said...

I'm so happy to be happy on blue monday :o)!!!
God is so good.

Natalie said...

Hey Sue,
Words of truth. Come and see my new blog.


Susan said...

Our sermon yesterday was Psalms 100. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. It was such a glorious service with the presense of God.

An aside, I think the reason it was called Blue Monday was because years ago, in my mothers day, the woman ALWAYS did the wash on Monday and they used a product called Bluing in the water to brighten the whites. I remember seeing her use it. It was also in a dark blue bottle. Then of course the laundry was hung on the clothes line outside to dry.

Monkey Giggles said...

Good Morning my friend,

I have never heard of blue day.

Today is a happy happy day for me.

I 'm rejoicing today because 12 souls were saved and 6 were baptized yesterday at church.

I'm, smiling today because..well I just like to.

I'm not a worrier. Life is just darn short for that.

Smiles and big hugs.

Masked Rabbit said...

Great reminder.

Patty said...

Great post!! I didn't realize it was "Blue Monday." I loved all the verses you shared.
I hope you have a great Monday!!


Heather C said...

Wow... how appropriately timed! We suffered probably the most difficult day in the history of our church yesterday when we had to exercise church discipline. It's the only time I've ever seen church discipline carried out and while I know it was necessary and the church will be stronger for standing against sin... it was a tough day. Thank you for such an encouraging post on Blue Monday!

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!


Praise and Coffee said...

Oh Heather, I'm so sorry, that can be very difficult. I pray it is all resolved and your church can move forward.


Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Thank you for turning "blue monday" into a joyful monday!

Amrita said...

Thanks for the reminder.Called up people who usually don 't call us up. They are OK

Rhonda said...

A good little post that probably should be printed and tucked away for whenever some 'cheering up' or 'refocusing' is needed.

Kimmie said...

Thanks Sue, I have been fighting for joy...this adoption wait and now news on the future of Guatemala really has tried to drag me down. The Holy Spirit kindly reminded me that I was being 'forgetful' of all God has done for me..ouch!

thanks for this post.
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Mary Lou said...

Thank you for the words of encouragement.....I don't get down too often. Focusing on Him and doing for others ususally gets me out of being down....the Word always lifts us up and words from friends that He sends are always great lifters....May He be the Lifter of our heads today...Psalm 3:3

Praise and Coffee said...

Susan, that's interesting, thanks!

Me too!

Monkey Giggles,
That is awesome, truly a reason to rejoice!!

I'm sure it is hard to stop focusing or obsessing on it, I know it would be for me too.
Thankfulness is a beautiful thing!

That is one of my favorite verses!!

Rachel Olsen said...

I think I'll follow your advice to spread some cheer and compliment someone today - YOU!

I've enjoyed popping by your blog over the last 6 months or so. Its always refreshing to be here. I appreciate your thoughts and your generous use of scripture. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

PS - If you come to the P31 She Speaks conference this June, please come up and introduce yourself as I'd love to meet you!

Praise and Coffee said...

That is so sweet! Thanks for "coming out" and blessing me today!

A Stone Gatherer said...

I goofed out loud when I saw the title for your post today! I just posted on my blog about how I was having a blah day with absolutely no reason to have one! Thanks for the gentle kick from God. I quoted Psalms 42! You are so right, I have much to rejoice in!

Dionna said...

Great post, Sue. :)

Mocha with Linda said...

Great thing to read on this blue day - where the weather here fits, as it is cold and rainy! But visiting blogs like yours is a definite day-brightener! Thanks for spreading God's Sonshine in the blogworld!

Paula said...

Your timing is surely God driven. Thanks I needed this post!

Monica said...

Thank you for reminding me of the MANY reasons I have for being joyful in spirit!

Aunt Angie said...

Found what I was looking for today! Right here! What encouragement! I "sit" amazed!

Pamela (His maidservant) said...

Hello Sue-I was "blog hopping" and read your wonderful post. I find that even in the toughest of times, because of Christ in my life, I can still carry His joy. I can smile because I know He can do more than I can even expect in whatever I am facing. The "blues" really don't carry me for very long anymore-thanks to God's presence.
In His Graces~Pamela

Marilyn@A Mixed Bouquet said...

What an encouragement! I'm not blue today, but you made my day brighter!

Your blog is a blessing to me.


Shari said...

My heart is very heavy... not for myself but rather motherly concerns. As a spiritual Mom to our church body, some times the load seems heavy - especially today.

So thanks for the positive reminders and verses.

Praise and Coffee said...

Hello to all the new and familiar faces!

I completely understand that burden, my prayers are with you friend.

Denise said...

You are a great encourager.

Fran said...

My favorite right this second is that Proverbs verse. LOVE IT!

I hope you had a happy Monday!
We did. And, I thank God for it.

Love ya~

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

What a great post!! God has truly done SO much for us....and at time's I have to grab myself by my boot strapes....and get a grip!!

Thanks so much for the WONDERFUL reminder today...of just what we truly HIM!

Beth Cotell said...

Thanks for the reminder that God has given us so much to rejoice over.

Amanda said...

Great post. I needed this today!

Cathy said...

Well, no wonder I had tears today. My very good friend is in the hospital, and I can't see her. Thank God He is in control. That is a very encouraging post.

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