August 17th, 2013
When You’re Feeling Blue
Everyone has days when they are feeling down or sad or lonely or all of the above (also known as feeling blue). What do you do when you are feeling blue but don’t want to feel this way? There are a number of things you can do to uplift your Spirits and put yourself in a good mood.
You can listen to soothing music, music that makes you happy no matter how down you were feeling before listening to it, or worship music; watch a favorite movie (with a happy ending preferably), or watch Friends or some other TV sitcom that makes you laugh. You can go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature which is all created by God or go to a museum or art gallery, or find other ways to look at the beauty in this world if seeing the beauty in life is uplifting to you. Another option is to turn to that one friend or that one person who always makes you feel better no matter what you are going through, if you are blessed to have such a person to turn to.
Writing out your feelings or painting, sculpting, drawing, sewing, knitting, or whatever you do to relax you and that brings you enjoyment or helps you release your blue feelings are other options still for uplifting your spirits. Maybe reading a romance novel or a good mystery would bring a smile back to your face.
There are nearly endless possibilities as to what could take away your blues and the list could go on and on. But the first thing you should do is to pray to God and talk to him about it. Whether or not you know why you are feeling down, God does know why and he also knows how to cheer you up. Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Again, in Psalm 147:3 it says, “He (the Lord) heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” So if we do not feel we have a person here on earth to turn to and uplift us, we can turn to Jesus. He is our friend and will never turn us away or ignore us. He will listen when we pray whether we use words or the Holy Spirit intervenes for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26-27) and God who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying. The second step to take would be to read verses of the Bible that bring you comfort and listen to and watch for other ways God may try to comfort you and uplift you. He may do it through a particular verse in the bible, a song or lyric, a friend or loved one you have not heard from in a long time suddenly getting into contact with you, or any other way God believes would be the most comforting to you when you need it. God cares when we are hurting or sad and he wants us to be filled with his love, joy, and peace.
Sometimes we may have to ride our feelings out by crying to cleanse us and then we will feel better and be stronger. When you need someone to lean on, lean on Jesus and he will comfort you. When you have talked to God and studied his word, then doing whatever brings you joy and relaxes you is a good way to chase away your blues.