Five DOs and DON’Ts for Desperate Days

Three things happened last week.  We turned our calendars to March. (Could spring be just around the corner?)  Media weather forecasts were abuzz with the latest storm blasting across the country.  (More snow, sleet, ice, and general misery—not sounding much like spring!)  And I spoke to a group of moms who were winter-weary. ("Please help!  I love my kids, but they’re driving me crazy.  What’s wrong with me?") So I shared with these moms a few DOs and DON'Ts that have helped me through some desperate days (winter or not—just life!).  I share them with all of you with my prayers that you will feel HIS strength in your weakness, whatever level of desperate you may be feeling, weather-related or not.


 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God . . . He will come and save you.”  (Isaiah 35:3–4 NRSV)