An Encouraging Day

April 21, 2020

Today has been one of my better health days even though it started off really rough. I woke up feeling unwell, a bit glum and frustrated because I hate waking up feeling so run over. 

I was certain that this was going to be another one of those days where I’d accomplished far less than I’d prefer. I thought my lack of energy and motivation would get the best of me again. 

However, after I fed the cats and fixed myself a bite, I got cleaned up and my energy started to pick up a little. (Often it’s the total opposite. Sometimes I can feel totally beat before the day even gets going.)

As I started to pick up, I started to pick up a little around the house as well.  Andrew had been awake all night. He can have nights of insomnia, so as I started to come to life he headed off to bed. This used to bother me quite a lot. If I spend too much time alone I can definitely start to get lonely, but today has been good. 

After picking up a little I decided to get some exercise. I may do a post on what I’ve been doing, but I did part of my routine indoors, and the other part outdoors. I need to get out as much as possible while the days are sunny, so the sunshine beckoned me outdoors. 

Soon I’ll be setting my little bistro table up outside again. Maybe I’ll get to that tomorrow. Then I can eat and read outside. 

I was trying to think of how to describe how I feel today. All through the Fall and Winter months my energy, motivation, and emotions go almost into lockdown. I feel like a plant that someone forgot to water. Have you ever seen a plant that you’re sure is dead spring to life again after it receives a good sprinkling of water? I have. I’ve always been terrible about remembering to water my indoor plants, so I’ve seen this amazing thing happen many times.

That’s how I felt today–as if someone remembered to water me and I began springing back to life. I felt more than content just to be able to get some things accomplished.

Usually I do better in the Spring and Summer months, but last year was a really off year. I didn’t get much relief from my symptoms, and then the Fall and Winter were upon us once again. This was difficult. Those months felt so long. 

However, today was a really encouraging day, and it’s still not finished yet. After I put my tablet down I’m going to continue picking up around the house, but I’ll take some time for tea as well.

Time in prayer today was peaceful. I praised and thanked the Lord–not only for this day, but most importantly for all that He is and does: He is fair; He is just; He is merciful; He is faithful; He is good and He is still worthy of our praise even on the roughest days. 

Lord, help me to keep this mindset and attitude even on my worst health days, and thank you for a productive picking up sort of day.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” ❤

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

(Photo credit goes to user Hans.)

16 thoughts on “An Encouraging Day

    1. So apparently when you were having problems with comments I was too. I found this comment in my pending comments. It never showed on my feed! Thanks Spacegirl!


  1. I am so happy to hear that you had a good day! I told myself I would rest but I somehow managed to reorganize my closet. I hope today is filled with beautiful moments and that you can prepare for some warmer weather outside. Blessings!


  2. I understand little sister. When we have a good day like that, it is something we treasure. It may not sound big to others, but to those of us with chronic illness it is. I am happy for you 🙂


    1. Yes, God’s care and the care of those He surrounds us with are a precious thing. And you just woke up a remembrance of something I once wrote about the simple things. “It’s in the ordinary that I find the extraordinary.” Yep, I’m waking up…😊


  3. Beautiful encouragement Tina!! Love that you’ll be setting up a table to spend time outdoors, the sunshine and warmer weather sure helps me anyway!!!
    And the plant thing, ya I have one I was certain was gonna die until I removed him from the kitchen area into the window of the living room, now it’s looking like it’s gonna make a comeback!! ….apparently sunshine is good for our lives to thrive..after all we know “Light” is better than darkness. ❤️


    1. Yes, absolutely light is sure better than darkness. I still haven’t set my table up outdoors yet! Maybe that should be my goal for the day! One of them anyways. ☺

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