Friday, February 6, 2009

Autumn Asks: Ever Feel Down?

I read a post the other day by Marie at A Year From Oak Cottage. It was mostly about how sometimes we feel down, along with other tid-bits about her life.

I'm in one of my down cycles now. I can't tell you why. It happens ever so often. It used to happen regularly when my husband was in the desert and away from home so long. That doesn't happen as often as it used to now and I'm very thankful. Maybe this is just some kind of habit carry-over from that time. No clue.

So, even though I really can't put a finger on why I get low (I don't say depressed because I think that is too strong of a description even though it is very similar in some ways.) her post was very helpful to me. It's worth the read if you want to click over.

Here is the stuff that stood out the most:

Life, it seems, is full of little dramas . . . highs and lows . . . the good and the bad. I thank God for the lows, for without them I would never see and appreciate the highs. I also thank him for the bad because it helps me to appreciate the good.

I thank God for the lows? I had never thought about that. I just wonder what is so wrong with me that I would even have the lows. It's not like I have a hard life. We are healthy and have all we need to live just fine. I find it embarrassing even. We all know one of those people that is always low or depressed for no real good reason. I don't want to be one of those - so I usually don't say anything at all when it happens.

Without these lows I wouldn't be able to appreciate the highs? Very good point.

Oh yes , it is sometimes hard to do so, and it may not be until afterwards that the real appreciation comes, and I am oftimes tempted to say . . . why me Lord? But then again . . . I stop and think, why not me? Who am I to think that I should be immune to all the rocks that life would sling? The Lord trys those whom he loves.

Why not me? Who am I that I should be immune. Wow. So true. I have it so good in so many ways, it seems I should have these lows just to even things up! LOL!

The Lord tries those whom he loves? The natural man in me does not understand that. But truly, if you look back on your life, how many times have the bad situations developed something in you that has really made you a better person? I'm willing to bet it was most of them.

So I guess its time to stop contemplating going to the doctor for a happy pill and start dropping to my knees and thanking God for the lows.

I'm definitely going to need some help on this one.


  1. I think it would totally depend on how long the "low" lasts and how deep it is. Sometimes the doctor visit is necessary:)

  2. You know Debbie, you are right. I'm lucky enough to say that I have never been pushed to that point yet. This is the first time I've even considered going to the doctor.

  3. Wow, I really hate those low times too. I always cry and cry and cry and can't stop. Unfourtantly I can't take the "happy pills" because they make it worse, go figure. Plus they make my BP and heart rate skyrocket. No "happy pills" for me. So what do I do, I read and meditate on God's word and pray a lot.

  4. I think we all go through these times, I often do myself but I prefer not to get any medication, and I too thank the Lord for even the lows in my life.

    I am one of those people that feels that a good cry once in a while actually rejuvenates me.

    But like Debbie says, if the lows are lasting too long and are really deep, then yes, a doctor visit should be considered.

  5. I'm going through a low period too, and I just can't seem to get back on my feet. It's amazing how many people seem to be suffering from depression right now. I'm blaming the weather and the crummy economy, for lack of a better excuse.

  6. You and I need to talk. I have been in and out of this for a full year until just a couple of weeks ago. Have you done day 3 of this week yet? I truly feel that God was disciplining me (please note that this word means: teaching) and now I love Him more and know Him more than ever before. He uses these times to remind us that His strength is perfect in our weakness, and that He never leaves us.

    With that said - I've also heard that SAM-e works wonders for people. Ever heard of it? It's all natural. I actually had a box, but before I started it, found out I was pregnant, so I wasn't able to give it a try.