One of the biggest traps for those in the public eye is to somehow show the world that your life is picture perfect. Every post. Every photo. Every tagline offers a glimpse of all the good parts.
While the good parts are worth celebrating, the problem with a picture-perfect life is that it leaves others feeling as if they’ve failed or fallen short. After all, she just had a hard day or a series of hard days and it may leave her asking:
Am I doing something wrong?
Can I tell you something? I love my life. So much. Yet there are days when it’s really hard. Yesterday was one of those days. I found myself in a doctor’s office waiting to hear results on someone I love.
It was a day when I had a list of things to do, and not one of them got marked off.
It was a day when a little one got really upset and I didn’t know how to make it better. In fact, there’s a good chance I made it worse simply because I didn’t know what to do.
So, what if we could all just be real about the hard days?
Maybe, just maybe we could all grab hands and say, “me too, sister” as we take a deep breath of relief.
Because tomorrow is a new day.
We don’t have to carry our bad days around in penance. They exist. They happen. We can learn from our hard days. We can talk to each other about it, and we can talk to God about it for our relationship with God offers an open-door policy. He’s a safe place where we can share our frustrations, ask for help, ask for a do-over if it’s needed, or find help with what we need.
So here I am, sweet friend, letting you know that my life isn’t picture perfect at all, but it’s a good life and one I treasure. If you are having a hard day, I’m reaching for you with a huge hug and cheering you on. Let’s be real about those hard days, celebrate the good parts, and hold each other up.
Also, if you need prayer, let me know. I’d be honored to pray with you.
Did you know that I co-host a podcast called More Than Small Talk? In today’s episode Holley, Jennifer, and I talk about a sixth love language. It’s that one extra thing that fills us up and fills up those we love. I think this episode is fun, but it also goes deep. I hope you’ll check it out. Find it on your favorite podcast app, or follow the links below.
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Hi Suzie, that was spot on thankyou. I would appreciate prayer as I am finding it difficult to drag myself out of this latest “low mood” episode.
God bless, I really appreciate your messages
Lord, we are lifting up Helen today as she walks through a period of feeling low. Wrap your arms around here today, guide her to your truth that reminds her how incredibly lovd she is and give her peace that can come from only knowing you. Bless her today. Thank you, Lord, for Helen and the priviledge to lift her up in prayer today knowing you will meet her every need. In Jesus name, Amen.
A couple weeks ago my strung together hard days came to a head. I was worn out from being sick off and on for six weeks in a row, I was tired due to traveling, then coming home to take care of one of my grands who was sick. I prayed for my assignment and happy to help with open hands, but within me anxious emotions started to bubble to the surface. The hard day(s) started to erupt and I broke down. I prayed, then I reached out to my mentor. Both my Father and my friend reminded me and guided me. Their words didn’t take away my hard day, but they did help me take my next steps.
Thank you, Suzie, for your honesty and your words of truth. I am so grateful.
Oh Suzie, I love and cherish your transparency as it validates all you teach. We listen. We look. We learn.
You teach well because you live TRUTH. It’s so beautifully appealing. You carry the fragrance of Heaven, which pulls us closer to the One you love. Thank you. 💝
Thank you Susie for e mails , I really enjoy how transparent you are . I’m struggling with getting to work on time ( everything I try hasn’t work ) and it’s effecting my job and I don’t want to loose my job over this !
Father help Brenda in her struggle in getting to work on time. Brend and I are asking for your wisdom Father in this situation we give it to you in helping Brenda thank you Father for helping Brenda with this we give you all the praise amen!
Thank you for lifting us all up to where God wants us, in His care. Yesterday was a bad day, next to no energy, from autoimmune disease, and almost nothing accomplished. Please pray for God’s provision for His strength and energy as I pack and ready for a trip with my husband. Asking for the Joy of the Lord to be my constant companion and the opportunity to reflect His love to those who will accompany us on this business trip. Blessings 🙏❤
Hey Darlynn, I pray you will have extra energy to enjoy the trip and the time away with your husband.
Father, we place our sister in your hands of care. We ask you to provide the energy and rest she will need to have fun with her husband and soak in the joy of the gift of the trip. Thank you for loving your daughter deeply. You understand her heart’s desires, and you understand her health issues. We praise you for meeting us here today. We thank you for Darlynn and her brave to ask for prayers in Suzie’s community. Bless her, be with her, and protect her and her husband in their travels. Amen.
Thank you for this Susie! Love reading your blog!
Helen I just had a friend post on Facebook she realized her Vitamin D was low and affecting her mood something to look into. Father I also lift up Helen please give her wisdom and help her find your joy in life and peace only you can give amen