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  1. Aaahhh!!! You have put into words my feelings exactly during our time in London. I was mad at myself for being ungrateful when there was so much to be grateful for but yet I couldn’t help bit feel alone and annoyed. Luckily I grew up ;)) Thank you for this.

    • You’re welcome, Alleta. There is something about being overseas that pushes us in ways we did not expect. Here’s to growing up :).

  2. Devi, this is a beautiful illustration. It reminds me of the serenity prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” Way to have courage after being given that wisdom! Hopefully, I’ll be following along somewhere behind you! Thank you.

    • Thank you, Pearl. I love the serenity prayer, and pray it frequently in the mornings. My favourite line is “taking as Jesus did this world as it is, not as I would have it.”

  3. Fighting for happiness here too friend as I “mourn” yet another event I don’t get to participate in. I’m in a season where it’s just me with the children all day every day. How I’d just love to do something I want to do for me (you catch all that I & ME in there). But pressing forward to glory in him and give thanks for what I do have.

    • Tyra, I have been there (am there!) – these years with little ones seem to slow my life right down to only dishes, diapers and bedtimes while everyone else’s life speeds by. I’m trusting that in time this stage of life will make more sense, believing that for you as well.

  4. I often feel lonely as well, but then I remember my best and unfailing friend, and how He is always there for me. It’s a beautiful thing to turn to Him with my troubles, pains and worries and know that He always understands- He just gets me.

  5. Thank you! I can relate to those feelings and am learning to fight to be grateful in a major trial. I appreciate your encouragement!

  6. Devi,

    I no longer work outside the home. Sometimes I get lonely for girl time. Just doing things with someone else. When I get lonely/tired I feel unhappy and unloved. ‘By practicing gratitude, I found myself walking out of the wilderness.’ That is so true. When feeling down I make a list of ALL the blessings God has bestowed upon me & realize how blessed I am. That seems to perk me up!

    Blessings 🙂

    • I’m at home with small kids, Beth, and it is not easy for me either. I really think it’s one day at a time, and it has been good to see that the doorway into the future was opened by having them.. I so struggle with the lack of time though :). Blessings to you. Thanks for sharing.

      • Devi,

        I’m glad you are able to stay at home with your children. This is an important time to share with them & soon enough they will be out of the nest. Time can be an issue.

        I quit my job to be more available for my aging dad. He had multiple medical issues this past year, but is more settled now. I do go & visit him at the assisted living about 4 or so days a week. We go for short walks. He turned 91 on 9/10/16. I know he won’t be around forever & I cherish this time with him!

        Blessings 🙂

  7. “Geneva ended up being a season that was something like a wilderness — dry, lonely, and difficult — but what I see now when I look back is the quiet rope of happiness left there by God. I grabbed on one choice at a time, one day at a time, one step at a time.” Devi — that statement absolutely sums up a dry period I had as well. It was a God-ordained move and I knew it, but the loneliness was real. Loved your words today!

    • Hi Lisa, yes those appointed wilderness seasons are tough, it’s such a relief to know we aren’t the only ones who go through them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh Devi, I thank the Lord for this beautiful example of perseverance. There are some days where fighting for joy/happiness is tough. Those are the days I pray to rest in Jesus, for His help climbing the mountain. The Holy Spirit led me to Colossians 1:11-12 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. What a beautiful scripture when I feel tired, seeking Him in the messes of some days. May we all give such glorious praise to the One who empowers us with His love and joy, rejoicing in hope, giving thanks in all circumstances 🙂

  9. I’m so sorry you had a season that was dry, lonely, and difficult, Devi. I love how you fought for happiness. This line really inspires me – “I grabbed on one choice at a time, one day at a time, one step at a time.” Thank you for your encouragement!

  10. Devi, This is beautiful. Thanks for your honesty and for the reminder. I’ve been challenged lately to write more consistent gratitudes. This may be the impetus for me to get started tonight :). Important words.

  11. So thankful for this right now. Just finished reading and often feel like this in our “new” (moved about a year ago) city. Great encouragement!! Thank you!