Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jonah Days

I still remember reading the expression "Jonah day" in Anne of Green Gables.  I guess there are bad days... and then there are truly Jonah days.  Days where you take all the wrong turns, go all the wrong directions, wind up in big messes and feel awful about it all.

The past couple of days have been Jonah days around here. Last night, I chipped our new counter top, we broke several pieces of trim causing no end of frustration, (it's always the little things...) my son broke our dishwasher, (which may or may not be fixable) half the electrical circuits in our kitchen were fried by the granite cutting saw being used during installation and are not working so we are trying to get an electrician in here now, both kids had major meltdowns that left me breathless within a span of two days time, all while we were trying to prepare for JJ's Aspergers testing and psych evaluation, and hearing that my husband possibly has a few months to choose where he'd like to transfer within his company to.  And those are just the highlights.

But we have our health.  (Isn't that what the saying is?  At least we have our health...)

And the truth is, while the past couple of days have been wildly crap-tastic for me, my heart has been burdened for those around me struggling with far more.  I've got friends struggling with selling homes, moving across the country, on missions trips in dangerous places, dealing with hard decisions, and my dear blog friend Kearsie, has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  In fact, I've decided that the only way out of a Jonah day is to help someone else... so for the month of July, 30% of my Etsy profits will be deposited right into Kearsie's hands.  (I'm restocking Etsy this week, FYI.)

I guess that's what you do on a Jonah day.  Lift your head and look around you.  My prayers are with so many of you who are struggling too....



  1. you are such a kind, beautiful person. Thanks for reminding me that some one is always fighting a harder battle. I need to remember that more often when I find my self comlaining about stupid little things in life.

    I will pray for your friend Kearsie during this rough time in her life and I hope brighter days are around the corner for you and your family :)

  2. I love your outlook on life!! I agree that we do have to try to remember things can always be worse & to try to see the positive in life! Everything will work out like it's supposed to!

    I will pray for your friend Kearsie!!! I think it's very generous of you to donate some of your profits - I'm sure that will mean a lot to her!

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your craptastic days..ugh..those are the worst! Just remember, once you're at the bottom, you can only go up!

  4. Love love love Anne Of Green Gables. My sister and I had the whole series and just recently watched the all the movies with our daughters.

  5. The rough stuff helps us appreciate the easier times. Although life with a child with Asperger's isn't always easy, it is always interesting. If you have any questions about Asperger's, please feel free to email me. I've learned a lot in the past 5 years.
    I can promise you things will get better.
    Prayers to you and yours...

  6. oh girlie that breaks my heart about your countertop fiasco and your friend. it really does put things in perspective...huh? saying some prayers.

  7. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, not to hurt you nor harm you, but to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

    I have really loved reading your blog....and I want you to know that I am praying for you and your friend Kearsie.... May God give you peace and rest today...

  8. CRAP-TASTIC has to be one of my new favorite words.


    Beautiful. ; )

    Crap is flying this Texas way, too, but it's 106 flamin' hot degrees today so the crap is kinda real nasty like.

    Blessings amidst the crap, sister. ; )

  9. i love how you live. it inspires me to live better too. although i am struggling big time. even in your times of troubles you try to live out in a god inspired way. i know i should but im a hard learner, apparently.
    anyway, thanks for being you, showing how real it is and that you can still stand on solid ground.

  10. God's word says that He will not give you more than you can bear... Just know that you are stronger than you may think and in this time of "Jonah days", He is there and His purpose of allowing you to endure may be to strengthen you for an upcoming battle... or to strengthen someone else by your example. I will being praying for you and your family.

  11. I am sorry all these really hard things are happening all at once. You have a big, kind heart to focus on your friend Kearsie. Thanks for telling us about her. Yes, health is everything. I would trade my granite countertops for better health anyday. You and Kearsie are in my prayers.

  12. Thank you for reminding me of my good ole' days of Anne of Green Gables! totally forgot of "Jonah days"! yes, some days are Jonah days but so THANKFUL GOD IS FAITHFUL throughout all our days :) I was told early in my married life that there will be days that seems like everything is going wrong. I've even had it in MINUTES! a phone call from friend will be sad news...the next phone call will be friend rejoicing. I often look at my life as a RollerCoaster! Which I love those rollercoaster rides! So thankful that I enjoy the ride of life! God is good,He's so good to me! Praying with you... Sharon

  13. I think of really bad days as Jonah days, too. I'm sure yours will pick up soon. Until then, big ((HUG)) to you!

  14. ahhh...the jonah days...while there is no use comparing pain, it is helpful to remind ourselves that it can always be worse...and the Father does like to draw us near to Him at moments such as these...and...tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.



  15. I don't know how I don't remember Anne saying there were "Jonah Days" but I don't, so this is hitting me really hard right now. I so needed to read this, Sasha, everything has been going wrong... but at the back of my mind, I'm thinking about all the good things God's given me and how much worse it could be. Time to bring those things to the FRONT of my mind. I love this post. You are such a beautiful, sweet soul.

    Praying everything settles down and you find the silver lining...

  16. There are two little 2 year old boys (twins) who call me Auntie Joy and hearing your day I jst have to quote them (for full effect picture 2 adorable lads with beautiful hazel eyes and sweet but teary expressions with arms open wide reaching out )..."hugs"