Good Days and Bad Days

Cape Hatteras Christmas Ornament
A Cape Hatteras Christmas

Good Days and Bad Days are something that we all experience. But do your good days ever turn into a bad days without outside influence? If yes, then join me in saying, “This sucks!”

Mom’s Last Christmas Tree

I use to love the holiday season, though in some ways I still do – more on that later. Beginning almost immediately after Mom put away the Turkey on Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations would start to fill my childhood home. My father and I would start by removing the false wall in the family room to pull out the decorations. The tree of course was always first. We would clear out a spot so the tree would be in clear view from the outside via the large window in the living room. This typically meant having to relocate a piece or two of furniture to make room for mom’s 6.5 foot artificial Douglas Fir. Mom loved her Christmas ornaments and trust me when I say this, she had a ton of them. She rarely went anywhere without purchasing at least one Christmas ornament.

Cautiously Treasuring the Good Days

If not for the grands (our great-niece & great-nephew), I am honestly not sure the holidays would have much meaning. During this time of year, the good days are a rarity. When those good days are here, they are treasured. My fondness for Christmas and the holiday season became a past memory several years ago. I am unsure what was the catalyst for my disdain though I have my suspicions. I do however still enjoy the holiday season with the focus has now switched to our “grands“. What makes me happy now is ensuring they are happy and well taken care of.

Relishing in the Bad Days

Two weeks ago for my birthday blog entry, I closed that post with some thoughts on Paul and the thorn in his flesh. This “thorn” was likely not a physical affliction but instead, a spiritual one sent to Paul by Satan. Perhaps it was a demon or a great sin in Paul’s life. I apply the same words from Paul’s second epistle to the Corinth in my life and relish the bad days.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Surely I am not the only one who can flip between good days and bad days without any outside influence. If this is you, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your story too.

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In closing, today’s drawing was inspired by my love for the Outer Banks and my mother’s love for Christmas Ornaments. I like to believe that she would have loved having an ornament designed by her son. So if you made it this far, please comment below and share on your social media sites. If you would like to help me with my battle against depression, check out my online Etsy store. A vast majority of proceeds are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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