Seeing Above the Clouds

My sister asked me this morning if I had “gave up on our blog.” If you haven’t noticed, she has kind of been carrying things for awhile.(Thanks for that Jen!) My response to her was that I have been working 10-12 hour days with mentally ill people and they have sucked the inspiration out of me. I’ve pondered on this for awhile and some of my own words have come back to hit me! Such as, “don’t let other people steal your joy,” “nobody can control your feelings, they aren’t that powerful,” “you must take care of yourself in order to truly take care of others.” All great sayings and truths…follow them and you will feel better. Sometimes though I think we get caught up in darkness and forget about all of the sunshine that is really out there…sometimes we have to just¬† move through it.

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I recently took a trip to Georgia. Of course it was a rushed process and it was windy, rainy and cold. None of those helped my mood. After finally taking off I was watching out the window (I ALWAYS have to have a window seat!!!) As we ascended higher and higher we moved through the clouds and soon we were flying above the clouds and it was a beautiful sunny day. I thought “wow, look how easy that was to find the sun!!” From the ground it was gloomy and cold, but just a short way up, the sun WAS shining. I thought that was a great life lesson.I think when things get a little stressful and we start to loose our focus, we start feeling everything around us is is dark and gloomy. I think at this time we have to remember we have our own “Son” right there to fill us with light! I think we would all benefit if we would just remember the light of God is always there to fill us up, just as the bright sunny day is just an airplane ride away. So, the inspiration of this post…look for the light, don’t get caught up in the darkness that the stressors of life can bring. And never forget that you are in control of all of that. So today this counselor had to listen and start to practice a little of what she preaches!! Sometimes the counselor has to look in the mirror and give herself a good talking too. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the sunshine both outside and inside!!

Peace,

Julie

I Will Inspire

inspire someoneI wanted to share a little God moment with you all. You all know that I am a mental health therapist. Very often it is NOT a happy job. Sometimes I know how Jesus must feel as people lay their burdens on me and look to me for hope to “fix” things. As much as I want to make everything all better, a lot of times it just isn’t possible. There are so many times that I question whether I really want to be doing this job, and maybe there would be a “happier” job out there somewhere!

For the first time, (after years of talking about it) I attended the 11:00 Christmas Eve service. It was a small intimate service and the pastor asked if there were any prayer requests. I asked for prayers for the last client I had seen the night before. His life is very dark, he feels very hopeless and at times I fear he will try and end it. One of the burdens of my job. One of the reasons I often think about a happier job. After the requests we bowed our heads in prayer and when I bowed I saw the words on the necklace I had just received a few hours before from my daughter Sarah. It said, “I Will Inspire.” I had to smile, because there again was God telling me I was doing the right thing and I was in the job I was meant to be. I shouldn’t have been surprised…He does that to me quite often. So again I am filled with determination and will set out to bring light where I can, and to continue to inspire! I encourage you to find someone you can help bring the light of Christ to and to be the inspiration someone needs to come out of the darkness.

Peace,

Julie