March Madness

I’m going to be honest. I struggled with what to write about for my March blog post. It’s not just a classic case of writer’s block. 

Every time I would write something down, the words were negative, ugly, or depressing.

Because, truth be told, my spirit has felt negative, ugly, and depressed more often than not recently. 

March has been a chaotic month for me. Maybe this is what they mean by “March Madness?”

So I wondered, do I fake it and pretend that I’m living my best Proverbs 31 Woman life? 

Or do I just tell you that I’m struggling with a lot of things? 

I’m going with honesty. I’m struggling. At work. Dealing with financial decisions. Concerned about my health. 

Are you struggling too? I’m guessing some of you are.

Let’s walk together through the Word and be reminded of some truths.

Do you feel alone in your struggles? You are not alone.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (NASB)

Are you tired – mentally, emotionally, physically? He gives us rest!

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NASB)

Are you anxious? Praying is a must!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NASB)

Have you forgotten that this is not the end of the story? Spoiler: This isn’t the end! Have hope! 

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NASB)

Have you told someone you are struggling? There’s wonderful power when you do! 

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:20 (NASB)

If you pray for me, and you tell me in the comments below what you need prayer for, we could feel God’s presence in a powerful way. 

Some days will be good. Some days will be bad. As sisters in Christ, we’ve got a wonderful book of truths in God’s Word and we’ve got each other, petitioning to our Heavenly Father on each other’s behalf. 

I’m thankful for you. I’m thankful for those months when writing the honest, ugly truth is all I can do.

Author: Jennifer Followwill

Jennifer Followwill began attending Vineyard about 5 years ago. She served at the Food Bank for several years and she loves her small group. She works full-time at Arizona State University's West Campus and teaches aerobics twice a week at Glendale Jazzercise. When she's not working, she loves to be the best aunt ever to her two teenage nephews, cheer on the Diamondbacks, hike, nap, and binge-watch TV shows.

7 thoughts on “March Madness”

  1. One thing that drew me to the Vineyard was authenticity. Thank you Jennifer.
    I’m dealing with the recent loss of my Mother and I miss her so much. She passed on March 13 and I used to talk to her every day. Blessings,

  2. Prayers coming your way Jennifer. I need prayer too. I am so very depressed with what is going on in this world. Especially COVID. I have been unable to see my kids and grandkids for a very long time. Every day I pray for healing and peace. The good news is I recently got my first vaccine. I will be able to see them on Easter!

  3. Thanks for your honesty! This does feel like a particularly challenging season especially with Covid in the background adding noise. This is how we get through right? Reach out to each other and try to honestly relate.

  4. Your post was such a blessing to me. I too feel very sad and depressed over the loss of my dear mother. Thank you for the encouragement.

  5. Thora, Nancy, Ana, I am praying for you tonight in your place if need. Erica, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m grateful for Vineyard and this wonderful ministry. I appreciate you all.

  6. Thank you Jennifer for your message and wonderful scripture references!! Just as it seems we are defeating COVID19, it feels like it won’t be soon enough. My prayers are with you Thora & Ana in your loss of your precious moms. In the month of March my family celebrates the birthdays of my son & daughter plus my son-in-law & daughter-in’-law but with it being such a trying year I feel sad instead of happy for them to turn another year older.Nancy, I feel for you not being able to enjoy your children and grands. I too just received my 1st vaccination & feel like I have BEAT coronavirus. Ladies – it will feel so GOOD to get our lives back. We have to cling to our only hope JESUS CHRIST our true Savior! He will get us through this time.

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