A few days ago the girls and I went foraging for herbs to dry for tea! I know it’s been awhile since I last posted a holistic remedy, I promise one to come …my husband’s parents are visiting right now, so it will have to wait this time. I will tell you it has to do with Stinging Nettle! Ouch! It does make a wonderful, healthy tea. :) We found lots and lots of it by the lake we’ve been hanging out at on the weekends.
The last month has been pretty stressful and at times discouraging…I am a cup-half-full kinda gal…I don’t like to dwell on the negatives or imagine a worst case scenario….I try to find something good in everything….and everyone…I look for the sun to shine everyday, rain is a welcoming change with an excuse to lose myself in a good book, I don’t sweat the small stuff…it always does work out…and I find that in almost everything you really can give thanks!! But~ that was all truly tested this last month…the real me anyway…was I still the opimistic, full of faith and hope, never doubting ect ect…..Oh and I should mention that I don’t give up very easily….but maybe that is a blessing in circumstances where your faith and determination to succeed is tested. EVERY time I am again reminded that God is GOOD all the time…..His way is perfect…we don’t have all the answers….I may never find the answer to the question WHY???? But the ONE in control knows and that’s all that matters. This is faith…letting go and letting whatever happens happen….just the way God intended it. Don’t fight it….If I choose to fight it..then I truly have not given my circumstances to God now have I?
One thing I know when you’re in the valley of discouragement, the devil will try to get you to doubt God…to doubt His will, His plan, His ability to answer prayers, His ability to keep His promises. So how does one climb out? Sing! Singing praises to Him invokes a spirit of faith and gratitude…faith, because you’re singing to the One you have placed that hope in to get your through this based on the promises in His Word, and gratitude for all the things He’s done for you. So sing… Help another soul-encourage someone else…..because many times in our valley of discouragement we are consumed with OUR problems, Our needs, and Our wants…..but when we are helping or serving another or encouraging another, our eyes are no longer on US, and there is joy in helping someone else…and don’t we need joy in the valley of discouragement? Pray! Pray through the fog, pray when you feel a wall, pray even through the doubt…God does hear….He is answering! Read His promises over and over…and claim them, believe them, and hope in them!!
And for something extra and sweet….pick flowers! :) I find comfort many times in being outdoors …in the woods…or by a lake…it’s peaceful. I needed a sanctuary and the girls and I went to pick flowers!
We picked lots and lots of wild flowers to decorate around the house. I love fresh flowers on the table, don’t you? You can see Genevieve running around with her flower basket! :)
And sometimes we wear them! :)
Have a wonderful week dear friends….I think of you often and pray for you!