It Is Well

laugh louder. cry harder.

laugh louder. cry harder.

January has always been a difficult month for me, sometimes for specific reasons, sometimes not, and this year is no different. Maybe it's part of that whole seasonal affective disorder thing. I wouldn't be surprised, given that Minnesota becomes a frozen hell for a couple months every year, and yet so many of us still live here.

This particular January, I've been considering more in depth how my word of the year, Abide, applies to all the different things we might experience in a given calendar year, including that odd "winter blues" sensation that tends to come around when the temperatures drop and the days get shorter. What I've been pondering is how maybe these valleys we find ourselves descending into are just another place God challenges us to remain in for a time. Maybe you're supposed to be in this low point for a while, and maybe that's okay.

it is well

I haven't been around recently, just reblogging something here or there, and the reason for that is that I've been really stressed. It's been really bad. It just seems like everything is happening all at once and I can't really catch a break. So, I don't have a whole lot to share right now, but I do feel like God has been putting this on my heart to share with a few people recently, so I thought I would share it here as well. No matter what happens (and that can be a very wide spectrum of things for people like us), God has got us and we can say, "It is well with my soul."

I hope this is an encouragement to anyone who sees it. I just know that I've been going through a lot of stuff right now and that God has been trying to tell me to trust Him, because no matter what happens, it is well.

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