A Season of Emotions

I was just standing at the sink washing some left over dishes from a post-Thanksgiving meal that we had tonight with our team and was struck by how emotionally spent I am feeling. I don’t mean that negatively, though. It’s the good kind of spent- the kind that comes from experiencing a range of strong emotions in a short span of time and from having truly given my heart and strength in celebration. In recent years for several reasons I have grown to love 2 Corinthians 12:15 in which Paul says, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.” So often in this phase of life I am spent. How grateful I am, though, that there are so many opportunities to do this gladly and with purpose.

The emotions for me this week have been all over the place, but all so deeply felt. There was the gratitude that overflows as we take this special holiday to focus both on the many things that we are thankful for and on the One to whom we give thanks. There was the joy of helping our kids celebrate, and understand, and learn to treasure this tradition as well. There was the blessing of time spent enjoying dear friends. And there was also the stress of cooking loads of food while taking care of 3 kids and trying not to burn anything… and thankfully the delight too that everything turned out just fine. And of course there were the feelings of homesickness that always come as we talk to our dearly loved family, thousands of miles away from us on a day where more than anything we would desire to be close. Feelings also came as I remembered again what a cultural anomaly we are here. One day I am celebrating Thanksgiving, and the next I am watching a performance and drinking tea with my daughter at her pre-school while being honored for Russian Mother’s day! So many emotions!

Allowing this feeling of exhaustion to wash over me caused me to desire to pray for you, all of you dear moms who also likely are or will sometime this season feel spent as you experience your own vast array of emotions throughout this season. It is a joyous time and at times a difficult one, especially when we find ourselves removed from loved ones and the loved and comforting traditions of “home.”  No matter which type of emotions seem to take the forefront, these months are nearly always rife with feeling.  Know that you are being prayed for this season as God works in your heart through the emotions evoked during this poignant time.

How are you feeling after Thanksgiving? Do you care to share any of the joyous or difficult emotions that these days of celebration have brought about in your life? Is there any way we can be praying for you this holiday season?

(Post by: Ashley)

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5 Responses to “A Season of Emotions”


  1. 1 Jen November 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you for speaking into what a lot of us do feel and share as moms. Though I didn’t spend time cooking this Thanksgiving, spending time traveling to see family with 2 kids was a mix of emotions. It was gladness and thankfulness to get to visit, but tiredness and stressful to move about and not get much alone time. We all kept singing the “be patient with everyone, 1st Thessalonians 5:14” song and “being patient and thankful” became a learning tool and theme for us all.

  2. 2 RebeccaC November 29, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for sharing, Ashley!!! Your post is very timely for me and it helps to remember that I’m just one of many, many ladies who are feeling the same way right now. Today was a really tough day for me emotionally and I ended up curling up on my bed for an hour and just weeping. Why? Who knows! Thankfully, I know that God does know and He is my comforter.

    Funny how I didn’t even think about all the “stuff” I’ve been doing over the past weeks as being stressful or emotionally draining. I can definitely see now that it was. Lord, help me to spiritually recharge more frequently and not try to go on my own strength so much!!!

    I’m now feeling a little less “weepy” and am enjoying some quiet in the house. Everyone else just left for a prayer outreach at a neighboring village. I’m fighting the temptation to deep clean the kitchen. (It reeeeeeally needs it!) :^)

  3. 3 Addie November 29, 2010 at 2:31 am

    This is very timely for me too, and I feel like crazy all-over-the-place emotions are the norm for me. I mostly tend to feel overwhelmed with the list of “to-do’s” and then freak out and cry to my husband. That happened today actually. Then we were able to brainstorm how to make our load feel lighter even if it isn’t really any lighter. Having my husband on my side is so encouraging, and I’m finding it’s better to cry to him and Jesus instead of keeping it all inside.

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