This week sucks.
Do you feel that? Or is it just me? Because from the looks on the faces of people around me, I’m gonna take a stab that it’s not just me.
We all have our own stuff going on, all the time. For me, it’s ongoing health problems and mid-term projects coming due; you probably could name a few things that aren’t so great right now too.
And then there’s that one really big thing: the election. Yuck. It makes my muscles seize up just to think about it.
I could wallow and whine for a few more paragraphs, but I have a better idea: let’s figure this out together.
How are you surviving this? When anxiety kicks it up a notch, when the weights of the world seem to have landed in your stomach, what keeps you going? What spiritual practices, relationships, scriptural texts, or favorite quotes carry you through?
I’ll go first, and then I want to hear from each and every one of you in the comments. Consider it a cookie jar full of wisdom for dark days. We could all use some extra cookies, every now and again.
So here are a few things that keep me going:
- Worship life. I’m blessed to be a part of an institution that worships together daily, but even weekly church helps out alot. There’s something about singing and praying together that feels like sharing the burden around. I’m always more ok when I walk out than when I walk in.
- Asking for prayer. I’m so grateful to have Christian friends! I’ve found lately that if I can work up the gumption to ask someone to pray with me (not for me, with me) it has profound effects. The same goes, actually, for praying with someone else.
- Taking walks. Just moving. Seeing the simple beauty of the sky, a fallen leaf, breathing some fresh air. It feels like a reset.
Your turn! If you’re still alive (and I’m assuming that you are if you’re reading this,) then you’ve survived some hard times. What keeps you going?