How are you doing? I mean that sincerely. How are you holding up these days?
I listened to a series of three videos this morning in which the YouTuber read out details submitted by followers from around they country (and world). They outlined many of the shortages and challenges we are facing in virtually every aspect of life that aren’t currently readily apparent. A few of them stood out to me.
One was the fact that in some parts of the country there is a three to six month wait for an appointment with a mental health expert. I believe it was a six month wait in California, but another part of the country was mentioned as well. If you know someone who has struggled with mental health related issues, you know that three to six months is an eternity.
It’s vitally important that we all look out for our mental health as well as the well-being of our loved ones. We are living through a time of almost unfathomable spiritual warfare.
For those of us who are Christians, we have the ability to lean on Jesus. We can ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit. We can look back on the ways God has proved Himself faithful through the years. We can read the Scriptures. We can sing. We can pray. We can sleep and rest. We have many ways to build up our mental and spiritual well-being.
Most of us have walked with the Lord long enough that we have multiple stones of remembrance. We can remember times when God provided. When He led in unexpected ways. When He made something possible that didn’t seem possible in human terms.
I encourage you to draw on those times in your life. Read the passages of Scripture that God spoke through in the past. But also read passages you don’t often turn to and ask God to open your eyes to something in the passage you haven’t seen before and that will meet a personal need.
I’m not writing this post in a vacuum. The past month or so I have felt depleted emotionally. I got to the point where I realized I had very little to give to anyone outside of the four walls of my home. I’m not depressed, but I am weary. I’m especially weary mentally. I have almost zero ability to deal with negativity, lack of faith, black pilling, doubt, or the like in other people.
Because of that, I’ve limited my interactions with other people to just a few and a good portion of those have been virtual in various ways.
I don’t know your individual situation. There are many people who will read this and I don’t even know who you are or that you are there. Unless you are someone who comments that I’ve gotten to know, I don’t know anything about your story. But I do know that most Americans are struggling in one way or another right now.
As I’ve told Caroline repeatedly (including this afternoon), we’re living through one of the most critical times in human history. We have every reason to be weary. I don’t tend to dream a lot and I’ve had vivid dreams for several nights in a row. The same for David and Caroline lately. I truly believe there is some massive spiritual warfare going on right now. I’m sure many of you can feel it as well. Maybe you are dreaming more as well.
So how are you doing? How are you holding up these days? I hope you are hanging in there. If you have a word of encouragement or praise, please leave it in the comments. We can all use encouraging stories right now. And if you or someone you know needs prayer, leave as many details as you are comfortable sharing in a comment.
Keep pressing on. We’ll get through this to the other side. I firmly believe that. ♥