Marriage is hard. It’s a matter daily making the choice to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part. Twenty-seven years later, I’m grateful for the gift of marriage and for the specific husband God gave me, and I’m grateful for the choices I made for worse, for poorer, and in sickness as well as for better, for richer, and in health.
Shorter days, darker skies, and colder temperatures often rob us of our emotional equilibrium and can throw us into the pit with the winter-time blues. Do not be tempted to buy into the lie that there is nothing you can do about it. Do not underestimate the importance of engaging in social situations and maintaining friendships.
Depression can be perpetuated by focusing on ourselves and our own pain, but when we focus instead on others and their needs, our own pain is lessened.