A Plan for the Rainy Days of the Soul

We all have them. Rainy days of the soul. Because we live in a fallen, broken world, it’s just a part of it. Oh but to gaze at the Savior and be reminded of our FUTURE HOPE that one day there WILL be a day with no rainy days of the soul! Praise Him!

Until that day, we need a PLAN. We need to do some battle. Find our armor. Replace the lies with truth.

Choosing joy can be hard. But it can also be simple. Let’s make a list together of the “little things” that bring us joy. I say “little,” but we all know that these little things do bring us moments of joy. And moments of joy lead to a grateful heart and a content spirit.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

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A Plan for the Rainy Days of the Soul

The Simple Joys

What are the “little things” that bring you joy? Joy is a fruit of the Spirit…let’s seek it, choose it, fight for it!

What would you add to this list?

  • Memorize Philippians 4:8 (grab this free printable)
  • Meditate on a Psalm
  • Memorize an encouraging passage of Scripture
  • Turn on praise music
  • Have a dance party in your kitchen
  • Read a chapter in a great fiction book
  • Go for a walk
  • Exercise
  • Have a cup of hot tea or coffee
  • Walk outside even for a few moments of fresh air
  • Text a friend
  • Call a friend
  • Write a thank you note to bless someone else
  • Meet a friend for coffee or lunch
  • Watch a favorite feel-good movie
  • Serve someone else
  • Pray
  • Speak the  Name of Jesus aloud
  • Turn on your diffuser with happy, mood boosting essential oils (citrus or joy blend!)
  • Open a bottle of frankincense or joy, take a deep breath and breathe it in
  • Write down 3 things you’re thankful for
  • Start a gratitude journal if you don’t have one
  • Let someone know you are thankful for them
  • Drink more water
  • Eat clean, healthy foods
  • Get out of the house for a little while
  • Have a small piece of dark chocolate
  • Tell someone you love them
  • Preach the gospel to our own hearts (Jesus is the GOOD NEWS)

40 Days of Praise

I’ve been going using the books 31 Days of Praise and 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life. Both such great books for helping us to change our focus and mindset.

Times of Refreshing: Spring Cleanse

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus…” Acts 3:19-20

Lord, give us eyes to see the feast before us—a feast we often miss by being too busy to hear your Word, too distracted and stressed to sit at your feet.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12

We all need times of refreshing. For our bodies, our hearts, and our minds…

The world we live in today doesn’t leave us much time for renewal, cleansing, and sitting at the feet of Jesus. Our lives are chaotic to say the least. We have work obligations, our kids need to be 7 places at once, we’re coming and going and our calendars are full.

We must make the time to feast on Jesus.

What if we spent 5 days together fasting yet feasting?

What if we denied our physical bodies of our normal diets and instead feasted on what truly fills us up? Jesus. Only Jesus.

What if we spent 5 days together feasting on the Word made flesh that our own flesh might die?

Spring 5-Day Cleanse

Join Arabah Joy and I (along with Dr. Edie Wadsworth of Lifeingrace & The Oily Sisterhood)  as we spend 5 days eating only the nutrients we need to keep us strong & healthy while feasting on what gives us true joy and renewal: Jesus. 

This 5-Day Cleanse has been a game changer for me in my own health since completing it two times now.

My journey to wellness (both physically and emotionally) has been topsy turvy to say the least. After 3 babies in 3 years, my emotional wellness tanked. I spent years on anti-depressants, prescription sleep meds, 40+ pounds overweight and pre-diabetic. Over the last year, the grace of God has allowed me to come off all of my meds, lose 42 pounds and find energy, joy and abundant life once again. He is good. You can read more about my journey here. 

This cleanse helped me in so many ways. First of all, most of us are addicted to foods that make us sick. Food is medicine. If we can deny our flesh what it wants and only feed it what makes us strong, we are more equipped to use the temples we’ve been given to live out the callings God has on our lives. Abstaining from the processed foods and junk that many of us eat for 5 days will prayerfully be a jumpstart to the healthier eating habits we need.

I don’t know about you, but I need energy to live out this life God has given me. And my wellness journey has taught me that these right choices go a long way to helping me be all God made me to be.

Secondly, the cleanse helped me to push past a weight loss plateau and keep moving forward on my health journey.

Third, a cleanse has such spiritual value for us as well as physical. It is good for us to deny ourselves. It is a spiritual discipline that has value for our mind, body and soul.

Cleanse Private Facebook Group

Arabah and I  will be hosting a private place on facebook where we can walk through this cleanse together. You will find accountability, daily verses being shared and a safe place to share your prayer needs as well as what God is teaching you during this week of fasting yet feasting.

Once you’ve purchased your cleanse kit OR if you need help ordering, please feel free to reach out to me at candace@mercyisnew.com and I will be happy to help and then get you added to our group!

**This closed facebook group will only be for current members of our team Love, Mercy & Oils or the Oily Sisterhood.

How to Order the Cleanse

Read more about the cleanse and my 1st experience with this cleanse here! 

There are several ways you can get started with this cleanse.

1. Purchase the cleanse at retail cost without becoming a wholesale member. The cleanse, at retail cost, is $164.14.

2. OR, you can join as a wholesale member AND get the cleanse at the wholesale price for $161.25 AND when you join as a wholesale member with the cleanse I will GIFT YOU $15 back to cover your shipping & tax! So, that ends up being CHEAPER than the retail cost! (To get the membership AND the cleanse for $161, you need to join as a wholesale member by purchasing the BASIC KIT for $45 and then add on the cleanse to your order as well!)

Your membership will also include entrance to a closed, private facebook group led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth who does continuing education on wellness and all the essential oils and supplements. You will love learning about healthy living from a doctor’s perspective.

  1. Go to YoungLiving.com
  2. Click “become a new member” on the top right of screen.
  3. Choose wholesale/distributor, NOT retail.
  4. Put MY number in both boxes so that you end up with our group: 3387390
  5. Put the “basic kit” in your cart.
  6. Add the “5-Day Nutritive Cleanse” to cart by searching for this product in the search bar.
  7. Check out with form of payment.
  8. Send me a message to I know you want to join our group!

Fasting Yet Feasting

Let us be found faithful to feast on Jesus. Sometimes this means we fast from the world for a season. As we set aside this week leading up to Easter, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.


All Your Promises Are Yes And Amen

Have you ever wondered if a promise was really for you? The one I’ve struggled with off and on for most of my entire adult life is believing that in even MY weakness HE IS STRONG. 

Maybe you read the verses/posts I share everyday and think oh how strong I must be. You know I post those for myself, right?  I only share online from the overflow of what God is doing in my own heart. And y’all. My flesh is so, so weak. I have languished and grieved over my weakness to the point of making myself sick. Too much self reflection does that. Why can’t I get over this? Why do I struggle with this? Why am I so sensitive? Why do I let this person bother me? Why can’t I just have confidence to do this thing? 

In my weakness He is strong. His grace is sufficient. He makes beauty from ashes…even the ashes of insecurity and weakness and every yucky, broken part of me that I hate to even admit to you. 

But when I spend more time looking at my mistakes than I do HIS GRACE, I’m missing out. The grace is there and it is MORE than sufficient but I have to choose it. I have to choose to believe God and what He says about me. I have to choose to believe and meditate upon the Truth more than I fixate on my weaknesses. I have to claim those promises as mine. Because they are. 

Father of kindness
You have poured out of grace
You brought me out of darkness
You have filled me with peace
Giver of mercy
You’re my help in time of need
Lord I can’t help but sing
Faithful you are
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful you are
All your promises are yes and Amen
All your promises are yes and Amen

(lyrics: Tony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore )

Listen to this song and be encouraged today!

Whose voice are you listening to?

You have a choice today. A million of them.

You can listen to the lies of the enemy that tell you you’re no good, you’re a failure, you’re stuck where you’re at, no one could love you.

Or you can listen to the voice of Truth.

He is rejoicing over you with singing, He calls you chosen, He redeems you, He brings beauty from ashes, He is a father to the fatherless and a strong tower in times of trouble. He is your shield and hope and joy.

Which will you choose?

Let’s choose WHATEVER IS TRUE together.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8-9, The Message

What If We Spent the Next 40 Days Cultivating Praise?

“Joy is an outward sign of an inward faith in God’s promises.” Tommy Newberry

What would our lives look like in 40 days if we spent them cultivating PRAISE, GRATITUDE and JOY and not complaints and broken records of failure that often run through our minds?

Praise needs cultivating. Gratitude needs cultivating. Joy needs cultivating. “Could it be that one of Satan’s major strategies is to divert us from praise? After all, he knows that God delights in our praise, and that doesn’t exactly make him happy. He also detests the rich benefits that praise brings to us and others.” Ruth Meyers

I’m a day late and a dollar short for starting Lent on time (February 14th) but isn’t that what Lent is all about? Lent is about offering myself to Him in all my weakness and depending on His strength. When I am weak, He is strong.

I don’t have a set schedule, but every week I will hop on sometime live on my facebook page to share thoughts from these 2 books: 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life and 31 Days of Praise.

“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:1-3

An Invitation to Join Me


Philippians 4:8 Printable

Whatever is true printable PDF