Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

Please leave me a comment below. I really want to know what you are thinking!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

No, I Haven't Fallen Off The Face Of The Earth!

Hello friends! I know, it's been a loooooong time. I've recently been through a pretty rough patch, but I think I'm finally starting to come out of it. This time, it was depression that got me down, rather than OCD. As I'm slowly coming out of the fog, so to speak, I'm hoping to share some things that I've discovered along my latest journey. It will probably take a little while for me to formulate thoughts about my experience and then share them with you. There are however, a couple things that I've been reminded about recently, that are so obvious to even me, that I can share them with you right now:

1. God is still and always has been in control;
2. God loves you and me and always has;
3. He really does want the best for us;
4. In spite of some intense pain in my life, I still have a lot to be thankful for;
5. Pain is a a great teacher (though an unwelcome one); and
6. No matter how bad things seem today, it certainly doesn't mean they will be this bad tomorrow, next week, or next year.

If you are suffering, please, please know that God does care and He does listen. Even when it seems that He doesn't (and believe me, I've been there too).

God's love and blessings to you.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 NIV 


  1. Hi dear Monique! A very warm welcome back to you, my cherished friend. I can relate to depression because I had a very bad episode of it last February and it lasted several weeks. I even lost my appetite for food and really thought I wouldn't pull through it...but thankfully, with God's help, and the love and support of a few good friends, I was able to get through it. Great words of advice you are giving here, and thank you so much for caring about others as much as you do, and I am so happy to see you back. Warm hugs and love to you. :)

    1. Aw thanks, sweet Linda! You are always so encouraging and I'm so happy for you that you are doing better as well. I do remember how much you were struggling last winter, and I certainly could relate and it broke my heart. Hugs to you too, friend.

  2. Monique! It is so good to hear from you. I have been thinking about you a lot over the last few weeks and thought I should shoot you an email to see how things were going. Obviously I failed in that endeavor. =( So sorry! I am very glad to hear you are on the upswing. I have been struggling quite a bit too. But just like you, I know God is good and He is there. Thank you for that reminder. Prayers for you!!!

    1. Oh my goodness, you must have been reading my mind, Nicole! I've been thinking about you too and wondering how you are and I was thinking that I'm the worst pen-pal in the world ha! I'm so sorry you are struggling. Send me an email when/if you feel up to it.

  3. So, so good to hear from you--lots of hugs. Love, Anna

    1. Well hello. Anna! How are you? I hope you are well and that you had a joyful Thanksgiving. I visited your blog the other day and saw your sweet, smiling face and remembered the time we met at the OCD Conference. That was such a treat! Hopefully it won't be the last time we meet in person. : ) Hugs!