I try not to be discouraged, but it's difficult to struggle through my days instead of really enjoying them, especially when I have children to take care of. Mornings are worse. Some days are better are others. But much of the time I don't have the mental or physical energy to do what I would like to do.
My summer goals of exercising and organizing have become dust in the wind. I do what I can when I can on better days (or even better hours). But I've had to let go of my weekly plans so that I don't have unrealistic expectations of myself, and then end up feeling like I've failed.
This too shall pass. By September sometime, I usually start feeling better. Wonder if it has anything to do with lunar cycles and seasons? I've heard such theories.
Among others, 2 Corinthians has many verses that I hold on to during such times.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 is a favorite passage:
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."
Paul had a thorn in his flesh that he asked God three times to remove.
But each time, God replied,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9)
Learning to be content in weakness is difficult. But God is faithful; and if we're open and seek Him, it's IN times of weakness that we meet God in a more personal way and develop deeper character.