How to Respond When Life Gets You Down

A crazy thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago. 

I was dealing with some sinus-related issues.

So, I made an appointment to go see my doctor.

When we aren’t doing well, life SLOWS DOWN considerably! Sickness, illness, sadness, and challenges can all bring our lives to a grinding halt. Even the “winter blues” can cause us to pause. What can we do when life slows us down? How can we respond? Here are some practical and hope-filled ideas to give you wisdom today. Why not stop by for a good word?

During the check up, she discovered that I had ear infections in both ears.

Isn’t that something little children are supposed to get?

Anyway, after almost 10 days, I finally started to feel better.

But, for 10 days, I had to cancel most of my lunches, dinners, plans, and events.

I had to rest and be quiet.

Maybe you can relate?

It seems like a lot of sickness is going around.

Possibly today you are also dealing with an illness.

Or maybe some nagging or chronic issue? It could be you are hurting emotionally, or spiritually, or relationally.

Whatever the case, I have found one thing to be true…

When we aren’t doing well, life SLOWS DOWN considerably!

Sickness, illness, sadness, and challenges can all bring our lives to a grinding halt. Click To Tweet

Even the “winter blues” can cause us to pause.

If you find yourself there today (or one day in the future) might I make a few suggestions?

First, when life slows you down – LOOK UP!

There is something very good that happens when our world comes to that screeching halt… we are usually placed flat on our backs.

Whether on the sick bed, the couch, or the floor – we can all do one thing.

We can look up!

Psalm 121:1-2 says,

“I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!”

Second, when life slows you down – LISTEN UP!

While flat on our backs, things get much quieter and less complicated.

When we are slowed down, it’s a great time to listen up. Click To Tweet

Here are some questions to ask the Lord:

  • Did You want my attention, Lord?
  • Is there something You want to show me?
  • Is there something I need to change?
  • Would You like me to do something I’m not doing?
  • What would You like to teach me?

I love the promise in Jeremiah 33:3,

Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’

Third, when life slows you down – FILL UP!

When life grows quiet and still, it’s a great time to fill up on the Bible. Click To Tweet

Take this quiet time to:

  • Read the Bible
  • Study the Bible
  • Read a great Christian book
  • Listen to Christian music
  • Read encouraging blogs
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Think and meditate on a favorite verse
  • Pray

Fill back up with great stuff right now.

Allow the Holy Spirit to comfort you and minister to you.

Don’t rush off to the next thing or the next event.

Don’t fill every second with television, Netflix, books, and music.

Turn off the noise and fill up on good things!

Psalm 81:10 is a wonderful promise – for more than just physical food:

“For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt.

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.”

Finally, when life slows you down – GET BACK UP!

At some point, you have to get up and get back out there!

The quiet won’t last forever. But, hopefully, you’ve had a chance to look up, listen up, and fill up.

You will likely be more ready to get up and face whatever is coming next!

It’s time now to Press On (like Paul shares in Phil. 3:14):

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Friends, I don’t know what you are dealing with today.

But, it’s my prayer that you and I will keep taking our cares and concerns and giving them to Jesus.

There has never been a day when we’ve needed Him more. Click To Tweet

And, He faithfully waits and longs to be gracious unto us!

Have you been slowed down lately?

How did you respond?

What did God teach you?

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4 thoughts on “How to Respond When Life Gets You Down

  1. Oh my gosh yes Melanie! Eerily similar sinus/throat/ear issues… only after 3 weeks of trying different things I still don’t have resolution. So glad you are on the mend and I know God had me reading your wise words today because you’ve reemphasized sooo many of the verses and thoughts he’s been sharing with me as I’m up and (admittedly) face down begging for mercy. Our suffering is for our good- sometimes we are lacking being filled or looking up and if He can just get us still, He can minister to us… We’re such squirmy children! ♥ Thanks for your uplifting post!

    1. Hey Heather,
      I hate hearing that you are still sick after 3 weeks. That is just NO fun! Praying you will feel better and get some relief in the days to come.
      And, suffering can be beneficial, can’t it! I don’t like this principle, but I’ve found it to be so true.
      Praying that God will heal your body and encourage your heart today.
      You’ve certainly encouraged mine!

  2. Love this post!! When life gets you down, basically getting back up is the only option, love that you emphasized on up☺️ I’ve been blessed by this post!

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