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Monday, January 23, 2012

rainy days & mondays

..."always get me down."


  Feeling down? As Karen Carpenter sang, "Talking to myself and feeling old. Sometimes I'd like to quit. Nothing ever seems to fit. Hanging around, nothing to do but frown - rainy days and Mondays always get me down."

 These lyrics describe my heart on certain days. The days you just don't feel like getting out of bed and going to work. The days your mind is racing with anxiety and you feel overwhelmed. The days when your hope seems to fade, and "nothing works out for me but everyone else has it good."

Today is (in usually sunny southern California) a rainy day and a Monday. And as cozy and lovely as rainy days can be, and as much as I do love rain...I found myself feeling down this morning.
 When I was in college, I found myself needing to be reminded of truths often yet I was so busy, my mind was so full, and I was constantly getting distracted by a thousand things. One winter day, I decided to write a scripture on my hand as a reminder to focus on truth. And as tacky as some may think this is, it was a truly effective and wonderful way to keep scripture right in front of me (literally!) at all times.

 I find myself doing this even now.

 No matter what is going on in our lives, we can remind ourselves of truth. When I'm feeling down, I'm encouraged by...

"And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You."
-Psalm 39:2

"God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved.
God will help her when morning dawns."
-Psalm 46:5

"Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin of the wicked...
for the Lord will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught."
-Proverbs 3:25-26

"God is always permitting what He hates
so that He can accomplish what He loves."
-Joni Erickson Tada

"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer."
-Romans 12:12

"..My whole being clings to You,
Your right hand holds me."
-Psalm 63:8

"Nothing binds me to my Lord like a strong belief
in His changeless love."
-Spurgeon

"Blessed is he who waits for Him.
Who expects and looks and longs for Him."
-Isaiah 30:15

"When we are most broken,
Christ is most beautiful."
-Britt Merrick

"The Lord will fight for you.
You need only to be still."
-Exodus 14:14

"As a child of God, you will never face
a circumstance, challenge, temptation, failure or burden
that exceeds His grace."
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss

"When God hears our prayers,
He explodes into action."
-John Piper

"The Lord is my Shepherd.
I shall not be in want."
 -Psalm 23


Just remember, dolls - whether it's a rainy day, or a Monday...

He loves us.


XO

Erin

PS - check out my new friend Chantal's amazing blog. I was inspired over the weekend by her heart and her "feeling down" page. She is an incredible sister in Christ with a precious heart: www.bevirtue.com


19 comments:

  1. "Do not be afraid of sudden terror
    or of the ruin of the wicked...
    for the Lord will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being caught."
    -Proverbs 3:25-26

    LOVE that one...well I love them all ;)
    But that one stuck out to me today!

    xo!

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  2. I just copied down a bunch of these verse into my Verse Book! :) Thank you for always being a great encouragement and friend to me Erin :)

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  3. I love that song, I might have to go and play it on Youtube now! :)

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  4. It's such a cool idea to write a verse on your hand! I might just steal it :P

    I wish rainy days were rare over here in England :(

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  5. I actually love the idea of keeping scripture on your hand! In fact, it's commonplace in the Old Testament! I could use this reminder, and what a great way to accomplish it! Plus, surely people would ask about it, which provides an avenue to share Christ!

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  6. Great idea :) Your so pretty!!!

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  7. thank you for your empowering posts! :) It is so great to find such an amazing blog

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  8. I was just in SoCal and it definitely was NOT sunny and warm. :( But a change is sometimes good. Makes it rough for a Monday though! BTW, I really love the song you have on your page. Excellent stuff that is right there...

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  9. i LOVE that you write scripture on your hand. what a great way to keep inspired throughout the day. and i just want you to know that i think YOUR blog is inspiring!

    http://penelopeblue.blogspot.com/

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  10. Today was that day for me. So hard. I have tried so hard not to be discouraged... thank you for encouraging me tonight!! After today, your encouragement was straight from the Lord. Oh, how he loves!!

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  11. Lovely verses! I used to write phrases from 1 Corinthians 13 on my hand that I needed to be reminded of, like "love is not easily angered", to help me keep demonstrating God's love to others!

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  12. In true southern california weather tomorrow will be 80! We live in a bipolar state! Love this post Erin! What a great idea to write verses on your hands. I may copy that!

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  13. this is so beautiful and just what i needed to hear. thanks so much for sharing.

    i love that Piper imagery. he explodes into action. that's so great!

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  14. Hello Erin, I am so thrilled to find your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us each and every post. You are welcome to come by for a visit sometime.

    Lisa x

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  15. what special encouragement. even though it's raining outside, we can be happy on the inside because of HIM.

    i have a button now. wanna swap?

    SoUtHeRnPiNkY.bLoGsPoT.cOm

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  16. yup that rain was unexpected here in Southern California, I guess what we were expect during the weekend was delayed until Monday. what a great reminder with the verse you wrote on your hand. love it

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  17. I think that writing it on your hand is such a great idea, Phil 4:13 is probably one of my favorite verses in the Bible, it moves me every time I read it!

    xoxo
    Petchie
    http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

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  18. You are so lovely! I know rainy days can be dreary, but you are right -- He still loves us. And He can make those days bright. Thanks for your constant encouraging words in your blog! It's good to place scripture in places we see as reminders! :)

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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