Taking a deep breath

Sometimes, life is rough. It just comes right up to you and punches you square in the face. That is how my day has been. I’m sure you can relate at one time or another. It seems as though one bad thing happens and another and then another. As though you knocked down one domino and then the rest just followed suite.

While I know that things are never quite as bad as they appear to be, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy and all honky dory (yes, I just wrote that). When I have a bad one like today, I start to re-evaluate my life and what the heck I’m doing. I know, I know, what am I thinking? It’s just a bad day, don’t let it ruin the good things you have going otherwise.

Today being Valentine’s Day is also another domino falling. Such a commercialized holiday, if you can even call the day a holiday. The day usually marks yet another year I am alone and without flowers. Thankfully, a friend texted me sweetly, “Happy heart day!” while I was on lunch break. Something about her message turned things around for me. I decided then that I was going to put a smile on my face (okay, maybe just a toothless one…baby steps!), and return from my break a bit more upbeat and not let things bother me so much.

As I work to strengthen my relationship with God, I am trying to seek Him more to guide me through life. These Bible verses have stood out to me today and have been of help in pushing through this rough patch.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.” Psalm 46:1-3,7

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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