"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, November 21, 2011

A blue weekend

Sometimes one picture says it all...  The color, the mood...  Blue.

Blue has always been my favorite color, at least for as long as I can remember.  The walls of my teenage bedroom (the first room I didn't have to share, so could therefore choose the color) were painted a light sky blue.  My favorite attire has always been blue jeans.  The couches that I fell in love with after my first set fell apart 6 years ago are covered in denim.  

But as much as I love the color blue,  blue as a mood I can take in much smaller doses.  As a believer, the joy of the Lord is my strength, so I therefore don't suffer much from the blues.  When they come (either by hormones or circumstance) I just pour myself something hot, nestle into the corner of my denim couch, and pour out my sorrows to the giver of peace.  He is generous.  

I've mentioned before that I love receiving gifts.  So, I just weep and wait.  I don't mind waiting because I know that His timing is perfect.  He always gifts me with little prizes while I wait.  Sometimes it's a new song. Sometimes it's a revelation.  Sometimes it's a deep understanding of a truth I've been wrestling with. All of these things drifting down like manna from heaven before He gives me the gift of peace and joy. When all is said and done, the real gift is growth.  I don't want to be a stagnant Christ one.  I want always to be clay in His hands.  Always willing to be molded and re-fashioned.  Always thankful that the Potter knows best. Yes, always thankful. 

Blessings, Debbie


  1. What a wonderful, rich, blessing of a word picture you gave us. I am up in the middle of the night with a struggle. Your description is exactly what I needed to find my own resting place in Him. Thank you for this blessed gift.

  2. My spot is my rocking chair, a cup of hot tea or coffee and my well worn bible. Yes, I know the feelings of blue too, but isn't it wonderful to find comfort in our Father daily?! I love how you always end your comments with Blessings and blessings to you my friend!

  3. Thank you for sharing this.

    I am not a person to suffer the blues much either.

    I am however dealing with some extending family stress,and clinging to the Lord about it. Praying for wisdom.

    Love to you today!

  4. I love your attitude more than I can say. I love it that you nestle and wait for the gift. I LOVE your faith. I am one who struggles with the blues.
    This post was essentially the kind of gift of which you write... to me.

  5. You have a wonderful attitude and approach to life.....happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. xo

  6. Very nicely said, feeling blue is a place, I really try not to visit, and when those days show up, I really do want to run. But sometimes, I just need to sit at the feet of the Master just because.
    I hope you have a lovely Monday.

  7. blue for a time of reflection?

    I like the little shot of all your blue and the warm brown tones of your drink and mug....

  8. I'm sorry you had a blue weekend, but you have apparently turned it to good with the Lord's help, so - I rejoice with you that you've climbed up a little higher on Jacob's ladder. (so to speak)

  9. A very rich post to make one ponder on the blessings that are poured out on each one of us each day. JB

  10. Beautiful post! Blue has always been my favorite color. I have a LOVE for it, I just can't seem to ever get enough of it. I have read it is a favorite color for many people. Your photo is amazing, especially for us "blue" lovers out there!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!


  11. I read this when I first got up this morning and was having my breakfast. I wanted to respond then, but didn't know quite what to say at first. I've found myself in the same blues at times. I used to think of Anne Shirley wailing she was in the "depths of despair" and how to despair is to turn one's back on God. I have had moments lately, though, that makes me "feel" that way, though in honesty I know it's not "really" that way. Sometimes, I think it's okay if we just have a moment. It gives us time to question, to reflect, and a chance to refill our Hope.

    xx Be well, my friend.

  12. Blue is also a favorite color mine, in all its many shades. As a mood I don't care much for it either, but it happens to us all. Best to just go with it, rather than fighting it. Sometimes just being blah and blue leads to quiet contemplation and truth. Blessings, Tammy

  13. Wonderful thought provoking post. Next time I feel 'blue' I'll think of this and also start looking at all the 'blue' colours around. I'm sure that will take me to another kind of 'blue'. Bless you Debbie. Maa

  14. Well your "blue" day brings you closer to Him and then you allow His riches to pour over us here in blog land. Blessings to you and yours. May the Joy of the Lord flood over you through the holidays.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. I have been feeling the same way. I am ready for some Advent cheer.

  16. Hello sweet blue girl,
    Menopause dishes out some homesick type of feelings into my blue bowl every now and then. I'll put up with it for a while, but then I need it to be over and done with.
    I've been taking vitamin D and feeling more bouncy.
    You are so right that the sweet Comforter is good at tucking us under his arm and giving us pats of reassurance.

  17. Settling in for the night after a busy day out. I read your post before I had to leave this morning...and have been thinking about you today.
    You are such a dear, honest, "real" friend, Debbie!
    I, too, was blessed with a (mostly) cheerful disposition. And yet, there are times when it is right to be "blue"...a time to grieve, a time to mourn, a time to refrain from embracing, a time to be silent. And the right thing to do is to bring it to Him, allow Him to speak quietly to your heart, commune with Him...all the things that you have done!
    Life (this life) is filled with the curse of sin. I have a dear friend who is in her last days on this earth, as her body (but not her spirit!) is being defeated by ALS. My friend whose husband died of cancer this summer very shortly after being diagnosed, is facing an emotionally charged week with the Thanksgiving holiday. Another friend's husband was recently diagnosed with cancer. The curse of sin is all around.
    "But where sin did abound, grace did much more abound." While weeping, we still rejoice. And fall on His mercy.
    Love, Cheryl

  18. I pray that I will Always be willing to be molded and re-fashioned -- but I am not always willing at first,, thank goodness He is loving and patient with me..

  19. Amen! You certainly have the right attitude --even when the blues do strike!



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